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Your brain is a complicated thing. Right now it’s busy sending messages around your body, telling your muscles to relax, your eyes to move, asking what your ears can hear and what your skin can touch. Your brain then receives messages back, with all the answers to it’s questions and has to compute them all at the same time. It’s enough to send smoke coming out of your ears!

If you want to learn more about what your brain can do and how it may have been affected after an acquired brain injury, we’ve provided some facts to help you understand. Remember, you can always get in touch with our Helpline if you need something answered.

What Is The Brain?

The brain is the control centre for your body and it sits in your skull at the top of your spinal cord. The brain has three main parts:

1. The cerebellum which is divided in two parts -the left and right hemispheres
2. The brain stem, that controls a lot of ‘automatic’ actions of your body such as breathing and heartbeat and links the brain to the rest of your body through the spinal cord

Your brain is wrapped in 3 layers of tissues and floats in a special shock-proof fluid to stop it from getting bumped on the inside of your skull as you move around.

Interesting Facts About Your Brain

  • Did you know that your brain has around 100 billion nerve cells?
  • It also has 1,000 billion other cells, which cover the nerve cells and the parts of the nerve cells which form the links between one cell and another, feed them and keep them healthy.
  • Your brain keeps on growing until you are about 20 years old. By then the brain has made lots of links which it no longer needs so it is able to shed any unwanted connections and still have billions of brain cells left to cope with whatever you may want to do. You can still make new connections even when you are 100 years old, so get Grandma going on the computer – she may not learn as fast as you but she can do it!
  • The front of the human brain is larger than any other animal’s, even the dinosaur’s!
  • The left side of your brain is usually better at problem solving, maths and writing.
  • The right side of the brain is creative and helps you to be good at art or music.
  • The brain stores all sorts of things in the memory including facts and figures and all the smells, tastes and things you have seen, heard or touched.

How To Look After Your Brain

Although your brain is protected inside your skull it can still get damaged if your head hits or bumps something hard.

A List of MUSTS

  • Always wear a helmet if you are riding a bike, scooter or skateboard
  • Always wear a helmet when you are horseriding
  • Always wear a seatbelt when travelling in a car or any other motor vehicle
  • Never dive into water unless you know how deep it is

Apart from making sure you don’t injure your brain, you also need to look after your brain by:

  • Eating healthy food like fish and fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Exercising your brain by learning new things and doing crossword puzzles, brushing your teeth or hair with the other hand – right if you’re left handed and left if you’re right handed
  • Drinking plenty of water to hydrate your brain
  • Getting plenty of sleep

What Does The Brain Do?

Your brain is more powerful and complex and clever that any computer ever built. It constantly deals with hundreds of messages from the outside world and from your body at the same time as telling your body what to do. It gets messages from all your movements as well as your senses:

  • Sight
  • Taste
  • Touch
  • Sound
  • Smell

The messages travel from nerve cells all over your body to your brain. Cranial nerves carry messages to and from ears, eyes, nose, throat, tongue and skin on your face and scalp. The spinal cord carries messages to and from the arms, legs and trunk of the body. Sensory nerves collect the information and send it to the brain along one network then motor nerves take the brain orders back along another network (like cars travelling along their own side the road).

If you have any more questions about how your brain works, Get In Touch today!

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