July 15, 2018
Recently I came across an image of a HOMUNCULUS that I received from one of my Physical Therapists several months ago. As you can see the homunculus is a crazy representation of the human body that shows how your brain sees your body from the inside. The image is based on the neurological areas and proportions of the human brain that are dedicated to processing sensory and motor functions.
Back in the 1930’s a man by the name of Wilder Penfield performed brain surgeries on people with Epilepsy and other issues. When he had the patients alive and aware with their open brain exposed on the operating table he would experiment with locating which parts of the brain forced voluntary bodily functions and feelings. This is where the Cortex Homunculus Chart got put into place and is still used today.
The information about the Homunculus got shared with me because I was at PT for my bladder and pelvic floor. My kidneys were unhealthy because we thought my bladder did not receive the messages from my brain to go potty so potty sat in my bladder to long making my kidneys unhealthy. As it turned out it was my Pelvic Floor that was not receiving the messages to relax and allow my bladder to completely empty. When I told my PT that I could not feel my bladder, probably because of MS, she was skeptical and said she would fix the problem. Then she found out that I could not feel my toes and she changed her mindset about being able to help me feel my bladder.
In the end I can not feel my bladder nor my toes. On the Homunculus Chart the toes and genitalia are right next to one another. I also am losing feelings in my left little, ring and middle finger tips. I wonder when I look at the chart how I will be affected next?!?!?!?
Do you have health issues that are reflected on the Cortex Homunculus Chart?