It’s clear that the healthy function of the spine is essential for many reasons, but one of them is related to the ability of the brain to process information correctly.
Have you ever tried to close your eyes and balance on one foot for a length of time? Or have you ever struggled to learn a new movement pattern for a sport and become frustrated at a sudden inability to coordinate your body as you would like?
When the brain is able to perceive and react correctly to stimulus, there will be improved balance, coordination and movement patterns.
On the other hand, if there is any issue with the function of the spine, this may affect the brain’s perception of the body in space, and control of movement. For example, there may be a tendency towards clumsiness and an inability to move efficiently and with control.
Chiropractic care may be an integral step towards improving movement and coordination. The reason is simply because when there is optimal function and health of the spine, there will be efficient communication between the brain and the body. This is known as “sensorimotor integration.”
The spine’s health may affect the brain’s understanding of what it is sensing, and where the body is moving in space, and in turn, this will affect the body’s response and movement.
For references and further information about modern research into the effects of Chiropractic adjustments, sensorimotor integration and other scientific studies:
Chiropractor and Neurophysiologist Dr Heidi Haavik’s website: www.heidi.haavik.com.