This may sound a bit strange at first but if you think about it for a moment the truth of this statement begins to become more and more apparent. Without movement you could not sustain life: blood cells that don’t move cannot transport oxygen, lungs that don’t move can’t breath, hearts that don’t move can’t pump blood, and spines that don’t move can’t create the motion required for proper joint nutrition, for the activities of daily living, or for the stimulation of the joint-brain pathways required for proper brain and body function.
You heard correctly, movement (especially of the spine) is required for proper brain function, for the coordination of activities such as concentration and learning, emotions, motor control, and organ function (including immune organs). Roger Sperry the recipient of the Nobel prize in 1982 for his work in brain research stated that the importance of movement of the spine in relation to brain function could be equated to that of a windmill that generates electricity for a power plant. He also stated that the more structurally distorted we are, the less energy we have for metabolism, for healing, thinking, and functioning.
In fact research has shown that if you cut off the supply of somatosensory information (sensory info from the body) going to the brain, the brain will actually reach a state of coma!! That’s right, the brain does not simply control the body, the brain requires constant stimulation; it requires constant input from movement to keep the batteries charged.
I know this week’s article was a little longer than normal but when I found something that helped to describe how important the chiropractic adjustment is I thought you might think it was really interesting. Thanks and have a great week.
Dr. Frank E. Kaden, D.C.
1927 Artesia Blvd., #7
Redondo Beach, CA 90278