YOU are designed to move - did you know your cerebellum, the part of your brain responsible for co-ordinating movement, contains more nerve cells than the rest of your brain?
There are about four times as many cells co-ordinating your walking as there are controlling the rest of the processes in your body.
That's an interesting concept, isn't it? Let's take it a step further.
Movement is the key to keeping tissue fluid mobile.
With every movement of a muscle or joint, new nutrients are brought into the surrounding tissues, and cellular waste is moved on to be broken down.
A lack of movement can increase the build-up of cellular waste, which can lead to inflammation and eventually pain.
Dr Roger Sperry, neuropsychologist and Nobel prize recipient, has stated "90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine".
A lack of movement in the spine from a sedentary lifestyle, or dysfunctional joints, can inhibit the flow of the fluid around your brain and spinal cord, potentially reducing the available nutrition.
Chiropractors focus on encouraging movement, particularly at the joint level, and especially in the spine.
A professional assessment of your joints in the spine can optimise joint motion, ensuring inflammation is minimised and you get maximum benefit from your movement.
Seek the services of your chiropractor for a spinal assessment, and above all else, move any way you can - it's good for you.
- Dr Michael Osborne is a chiropractor at HealthGuard Wellness, East Toowoomba, and a member of the Chiropractors' Association of Australia.
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