Neuroplasticity & the Physiology of Stress: A Mindfulness Perspective
Research on the science of neuroplasticity is beginning to show that these miraculous brains of ours have the capacity to remodel themselves in response to environmental experience. This has great potential to benefit rehab professionals, not only in terms of reducing emotional reactivity and becoming more aware of our own conditioned patterns of behavior, but also as a means of calming our natural stress response and cultivating the skills to become a more effective and resilient healthcare provider.
Clyde Boiston, PT, OCS, CMF, TCHI, is a licensed Physical Therapist with over 25 years of clinical experience who has worked in multiple therapy settings including acute care, outpatient orthopedics, and home health. In addition to his continuing clinical work as a PT, he and his wife own and operate Bel Wellness, a mind-body wellness studio in Riverside, CA which offers classes in Tai Chi, Yoga, Pilates, Mindfulness and meditation. Mr. Boiston is a mindfulness teacher and meditation instructor who presents retreats, workshops, and mindful living classes to both corporate and healthcare employers as well as the general community. His clients include Kaiser Permanente, Morgan Stanley Wealth Management, UC Riverside, and the Riverside County Office on Aging. He received his certification as a Mindfulness Facilitator (CMF) from UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC) in 2017 after completing their yearlong teacher training program. MARC is part of the UCLA Medical School’s Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Mr. Boiston graduated with a BS in PT from California State University Long Beach in 1997 and has been Board Certified as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) since 2004. He is also a certified Tai Chi for Rehabilitation instructor through the Tai Chi for Health Institute.