Happy Canada Day!
After a few restful and fun-filled days with the kids (Hayden ‘graduated’ Junior Kindergarten Tuesday!) I’ve got fascinating info to share with you today. Did you know that even the Ancient Greeks were aware movement and physical exercise is good for your brain? Well, today’s scientists have shown that movement is critical to brain health. It’s been shown to help people with dementia, depression, and ADHD for starters. It’s even been found to improve the structure of your brain, which shapes how well you can concentrate, and how quickly you can think and react.
But equally as eye-opening… How your spine moves, it turns out, is just as important for keeping your brain healthy.
In fact, a Nobel Prize winning brain scientist recently said “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” Scientists now believe when one segment of your spine isn’t moving properly, it changes the way your brain responds to all sensory information. You read that correctly. The function of your spine seems to be one of the major factors your brain uses to help integrate all the input from your environment.
So you can see why chiropractors like myself are so keen on making sure your spine is moving well. If it isn’t, this changes the way your brain controls your body (and not usually for the better)! More and more studies are coming out that point to just how good chiropractors are at figuring out which segments of your spine are restricted or stiff. Probably good to note this isn’t an opportunity to “toot my horn”, but rather an exciting share that these studies are going far beyond back pain treatment and delving into evidenced proof about the impact of subluxation.
Getting your spine moving the right way helps your brain process information more quickly, know better where your body is in space, and better control the way your muscles work.
What does this mean for you? If you want to keep your brain healthy…(and achieve MAXIMUM energy and focus in your day-to-day life)…regular chiropractic adjustments to keep your spine moving could be the ticket. However, that’s not all. This research further highlights why you need to keep your spine active in between adjustments, whether it’s with exercise, yoga, or other stretching exercises.
Look after your spine and your brain will love you for it!
Anyway, hope you found this useful. I know the deeper I go down this rabbit hole, the more reminded I am of how integrated the mind and body are – and how key it is to let that innate intelligence guide our daily habits. If I can answer any questions about this, let me know. And if there’s anything I can do to help you on your wellness journey, please don’t hesitate to ask.