Why a Healthy Spine Makes Your Brain Happy
Everyone is talking about the brain, and the role it plays in your health.
You’ll need to drink enough water and get enough sleep – both are required for the typical daily maintenance your brain goes through when you’re not awake. You must nourish your brain with healthy fats, like fish, avocados, walnuts and flax seeds, and stay away from sugary snacks.
But there is a critical secret to getting your brain as healthy as possible – and you’ll be surprised when you hear what it is.
Neuroscientist Roger Sperry won the Nobel Prize in 1980 for his research on the brain. According to Dr. Sperry, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.”
Amazingly, 10% of the brain’s function is directed toward thinking, running the body, working with the immune system and healing. Fully 90% is reserved for dealing with the effect of gravity, on posture, on movement, and on maintaining the body’s position in space.
The movement of our joints sends a lot of information back up to the brain. When those joints are moving well, then we are sending good information up to the brain. However, when they are not, we are transmitting poor information up to the brain. While the brain is an absolutely amazing organ, there is a garbage in/garbage out principle that comes in to play. If we constantly send bad information to the brain because of faulty alignment and biomechanics, then we are going to get garbage out in terms of poor posture, pain, etc. Our brain does the best it can to process and interpret the information, but negative input generally generates a negative output.
That’s why getting regular chiropractic care for yourself and those you care about is necessary if you’re going to have the best brain health possible. It will preserve the mobility and flexibility of your spine, so your brain doesn’t have to work as hard to keep you standing, sitting and moving. A healthy spine leads to a healthy brain, so make chiropractic care part of your brain health routine – it will reward you many times over.
If you are in Hatboro, Horsham, Warminster, Warrington, or the surrounding communities and haven’t had your spine checked in a while (or ever), then make an appointment to get your evaluation! You can book online or call us today at 215-259-5100!