Have you ever wondered how you are able to walk through your house in the dead of night, and still with a reasonable amount of confidence, not bounce off all the walls?
It is pretty obvious that being in your own house you have seen it numerous times during the day that you are able to recall from memory, to a relatively accurate degree, where dangers would be when navigating the crooked hallways at night.
This might seem like a simple concept, but it is a very important part of having optimal balance and coordination. Try this for a moment:
Stand up from your chair, have your hands at your sides, and now try and touch the tip of your nose with the tip of your left index finger.
How did you go? Chances are you were successful, but why? How does this work?
Your brain is always in constant communication with your body and your body is in constant communication with your brain, this information going from your body to your brain is called PROPRIOCEPTION. Proprioception is what allows your brain to have an internal map of where your body is in space, as well as where your body is relative to other objects, even with your eyes closed.
How does this relate to balance?
If for some reason your brain does not have a clear internal map of where your body is relative to its environment, then your balance and coordination would be compromised. Think about it like this; if you are walking through a dark house, but instead of your own house it is one you have never seen before. How do you think you would do? I would imagine a few yells in the dark as you stub your toe or bump your head. In a similar way, if there is a breakdown in the communication between your brain and your body, your brain won’t have an accurate internal map of your body relative to its environment and your balance and coordination will suffer.
Structural Shifts in the spine obstruct the communication between your brain and body, affecting the brains internal map of your body relative to its environment. When your brain does not have an accurate internal map of the body relative to its environment your balance and coordination will suffer.
Now you might be saying: “My Balance is Fine”
The point is that if you have a Structural Shift in your spine obstructing the communication between your brain and your body, then your balance may not be fine, it might be fine compared to your clumsy sibling, but is it as good as it can be?
Altered Proprioception is not just an issue that affects your balance; it might mean you get injured more often (not just injuring your back or neck, but your shoulder, ankle etc.). It affects your sporting ability; think about how important coordination is to golf, netball, crossfit etc.).
Whether you have poor balance, want to perform at your best in sports or just get injured less often, it is important to have a clear communication between your brain and your body (Proprioception). Structural Chiropractic focuses on correcting structural shifts in the spine, clearing up the communication between your brain and body, leading to better function, less accidents and a healthier you. Allowing your brain to have a clear internal map of your body and how it relates to its environment, just like when you were walking through your house in the dark.
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