Whether you’re trying to increase your over head work at the gym, touch your fingers behind your back, get rid of that niggly pain or just move more optimally; spinal mobility (or movement of the spine in other terms) is so important.
Not only for these reasons mentioned above, also because your brain receives 90% of it’s information and stimulation through movement generated by your spine!
Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Roger Sperry has long been quoted for stating “that the spine is the motor that drives the brain” and has been one of the pioneers in research to effectively show this. It is now widely known that “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine, with only 10% of our brain’s energy going into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing“.
Sperry has demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity.
This is where Chiropractic comes in, with Chiropractic based on the premise that if you can address vertebral subluxations (dysfunctional spinal segments), areas of the spine where muscles have tightened up, joints are locked and stiff, abnormal disc loading is occurring and nerve irritation by way of inflammation or pressure is present, you positively change and stimulate the information that is sent to the brain via the spinal cord and central nervous system.
Many Neurologists, exercise Physiologists, Doctors, and the list goes on, are now recognising the impact Chiropractic can have on someone’s over all health and the spine/brain connection. Not just to ease neck, back and joint pain or head aches.
Thanks largely to Neuroscientist and Chiropractor Dr Heidi Haavik, who has now produced over 17 years of research to show the effect a Chiropractic spinal adjustment has on the brain and central nervous system.
This is all exciting stuff!!
Long story short, make sure you look after your spine, exercise daily and find a good Chiropractor near you to assess and adjust your spine leaving you more functional, optimal and potentially smarter 😉
Dr Siobhan & Dr Terry