Body Movement and the Brain / Spine Connection
Your body is built to move. Every spinal disc and joint is designed to help you sit, stand, run and well . . . move! Your discs are soft enough to flex as you bend forward and back.
The spinal facet joints slide as your turn and twist. The ligament-connected spinal bones keep you supported as your muscles push and pull. It’s an incredibly strong and resilient system when you stop and think about it!
Why it Matters:
New research has started to give us a glimpse at just how important movement is in our life. For example, movement of the spine has been shown to stimulate and accelerate the healing process. In fact, movement is so crucial in the healing process that even people who have spine surgery are encouraged to get up and to move as quickly as possible after surgery.
– All the bones, muscles, ligaments and joints of your spine are specially designed to support movement.
– Movement of the individual segments of your spine can affect how you heal.
– Blood flow, strength, and flexibility are all enhanced through movement.
I believe that encouraging healthy movement and activity is part of my job as your Chiropractor. If you have any questions about stretches, exercises or other ways you can pro-actively stay healthy, ask! Have you ever heard that old saying “you don’t get old then stiff, you get stiff then old?” We want to help you stay young by helping you keep your spine and body moving better!
The Brain + Spine Connection
Every thought and movement in your life occurs through your brain and spinal cord, which is collectively known as the central nervous system. Your spinal column acts as the armour and pathway for your spinal cord to travel down and split into the nerves that reach every cell of your body. Every moment and millions of messages and bits of information are moving along your spinal cord this very moment to maintain the delicate balance between your brain and body.
Why it Matters:
Recent research has shown that the type of movement which happens during a Chiropractic adjustment can change the chemistry of your brain. Pretty far-out right? Chiropractic adjustments can alter the biochemical markers in your brain. These changes can result in everything from increased endorphin release (a feel-good hormone) to pain relief. Emerging research has even indicated increased strength (or cortical drive) following an adjustment!
– Your brain and body are in constant communication through via your central and peripheral nervous systems.
– The spinal cord can send information up to your brain at a rate of over 250 mph!
– Chiropractic adjustments to the neck or back have been shown to influence brain function resulting in pain relief, endorphin release, and more.
For the past 100 years, scientists and doctors have learned a lot about the brain/body connection, but we still have a long way to go. Aging, healing, and your entire life experience happen through the communication and coordination of your brain and body. Keeping both healthy and active will help you continue to live your best life. Need help? Just ask!