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When you think about the brain, you think about doing math, remembering facts and processing conscious thought. What we rarely recognize, is how the brain unconsciously manages our balance and coordination.
In fact, 90% of our brain is used in managing our coordination and making tiny adjustments to our balance to keep us from falling down. There are cells in our muscles and joint capsules called proprioceptors that send body position data to the brain. This kinesthetic sense allows us to keep our balance when our eyes are closed, and it is what’s affected when we become inebriated. As you can imagine it is of utmost importance to keep this proprioceptive system working properly.
When our bones are stuck out of alignment or our joints aren’t moving in their proper range of motion, our kinesthetic awareness is diminished. As a feedback mechanism, when joints are really locked up and not functioning properly, they send pain signals to the brain rather than position information. This happens more often that you think. Simple everyday activities like sitting at a desk, sleeping funny, having stress or drinking a lot of coffee can cause our body to tighten up thereby preventing proper joint position and range of motion. These physical, emotional and chemical stressors on our body all affect how our brain interprets and responds to our environment.
Whenever you make a decision, whether conscious or unconscious, you want to know all the facts before you act. You want to know if the car you are about to buy has water damage, whether the house has termites or mold. What the odds are before you bet. If your brain is not getting all the right information from your tissues regarding position sense, you aren’t getting all the information necessary to respond appropriately to your environment.
Think about hiking on an uneven trail, doing yoga, lifting weights, or just walking around the house. You will do all these activities more effectively and with a lower chance of injury or loss of balance if your proprioceptive system is working at 100%. The great thing about chiropractic is that it keeps all your joints functioning properly, to maximize your brain’s ability to coordinate our balance and posture.
Chiropractors remove nervous system interference from the body. The most significant way chiropractors do this is by keeping the spine aligned and healthy so the nerves exiting the spinal cord can function properly and don’t get pinched. Another very significant way chiropractors remove nerve interference is by keeping our other bones and joints, the ones in our feet, arms, and legs aligned, so our brain can get all the information it needs to correctly manage our balance and coordination.
Pain appears in your body when something isn’t working properly. It’s your body talking to you. Pain killers mask this feedback mechanism and do not improve the underlying cause. Pain is not a mystery, and the more you know about what causes pain, the better you will be able to find an adequate solution. 97-98% of pain is mechanical in origin, meaning it is due to a dysfunction of the joints, muscles, or other soft tissues, and can typically be solved with conservative measures.
There are 206 bones in the human body. Our bones are connected to each other with joints comprised of ligaments and cartilage. When our joints are moving and functioning properly, they send proprioceptive information to our brain. This is information regarding position sense and tissue location, managed unconsciously by our cerebellum. When a joint ceases to have full proper range of motion due to physical trauma, repetitive stress, emotional or chemical influences, instead of sending proprioceptive information to the brain, joints send nociceptive, or pain information. Not only does the dysfunctional joint send pain information, but it will also influence surrounding tissues to become dysfunctional and cause them to send pain information as well.
When a joint stops moving properly, the soft tissue connecting the joint becomes affected. Muscles that connect dysfunctional joints can become stretched when the joint is not moving properly. To control our balance and posture, our brain will cause stretched muscles to tighten up. This leads to muscle spasm, joint immobilization, and inflammation. Spasmed muscles now will send pain information to the brain, and local inflammation can compress other tissues including nerves which also begin to send pain to the brain. Spasmed muscles will pull on other joints, causing them to lock up as well, creating a vicious cycle of joint dysfunction and spasm. Over time this lack of motion can create adhesions in the joint capsule causing long lasting dysfunction, decreased ligamentous tolerance, and setting the stage for degenerative joint disease and degenerative disc disease.
Tendons and ligaments are delicate tissues. They don’t have a great blood supply like muscles do, and require more time to heal. Repetitive tasks like mousing, typing, having poor posture when sitting, or doing excessive amounts of exercise with inadequate rest can prevent sufficient healing, creating microtrauma to these tissues along with constant low grade inflammation. This inflammation itself can cause pain, and can also lead to painful tendinitis. Further, microtrauma will create scar tissue which may weaken the tissue and lead to more significant injury down the line.
Next time you feel pain in your body, don’t cover it up with pain killers. Pain killers mask the pain, but allow the underlying cause of the pain to continue getting worse. Address the cause and try to find a resolution. Chiropractors are experts in facilitating proper function of the spine, skeleton and nervous system. Remember, pain is an indicator something is wrong. When you are working correctly, there is no reason to be in pain!
Sitting at a desk all day wreaks havoc on our bodies.
It causes poor posture, compromises our core integrity, and generally de-conditions us. Here are a few exercises and stretches to stay limber and reduce the negative effects of sitting at a desk all day.
97-98% of back pain is mechanical in nature. This means 97-98% of back pain is caused by an issue with joints, muscles, ligaments or tendons and can be fully resolved when the cause is addressed. If the pain is masked by pain killers, the underlying cause of the pain may worsen and create significant problems down the road.
Pain is a signal something is wrong. It’s the body’s way of communicating dysfunction. It’s like the check engine light coming on in our car or a fire alarm sounding off in your house. Our joints typically send proprioceptive information to the brain, information regarding movement and position sense. If the joint becomes stuck and ceases sending proprioceptive information, it begins to send nociceptive, or pain signals to the brain. It is a phenomenal feedback mechanism! If the joint is not sending position information, it sends pain information. If you take a pain killer to block the pain signal, the cause of the pain will still be there, and may cause your condition to worsen over time.
Chemical, physical and emotional stressors in our environment can cause our vertebrae, the bones in our spine, to bend, shift or twist out of place. When this happens, muscles that connect to those bones will tighten up and prevent the joint from proper movement. When joints cease moving it creates a cascade of negative events. First of all metabolic waste from muscles builds up. Usually metabolites are pumped out through motion. Without adequate movement the waste will build up. These metabolites including hydrogen ions can stimulate pain receptors in the muscle, causing pain and more spasm. More spasm will further immobilize joints, starting the whole process over again. Additionally, without movement, ligaments and tendons can’t get the proper nutrition they need to heal properly. This may cause them to develop micro trauma and might lead to more serious injuries down the road. Dysfunctional joints can also lead to something much more serious than just pain.
If the bones in your spine are out of alignment, or are not moving in their proper range of motion, the nerves exiting your spine can become pinched. Every organ, cell and tissue in the body needs a clear channel of communication with the brain to live and thrive. It’s a rule of life. If you cut the nerve supply to your heart, it is not going to work. If you reduce the nerve supply to your heart, it simply can’t function at 100%. Every organ, cell and tissue in your body needs a 100% brain body connection to heal, function and operate correctly. When your body has anything less than 100% connection, that is when disease processes start. It only takes the weight of a dime, not much pressure at all, to reduce a nerve’s ability to send messages by 60%. When you are having back pain, and your vertebrae are locked up and your muscles are spasmed, all those nerves exiting the spine in that area may be pinched and not communicating properly.
Down the road, dysfunctional joints can create permanent damage to your spine. When we drive our car on tires that are out of alignment, what happens? Increased wear and tear. Over years of spinal misalignment, increased wear and tear can lead to bone spurs and degenerative disc disease. These can cause pain, serious neurological dysfunction like incontinence, and surgery. Keeping your spine in alignment and getting adjusted regularly by a chiropractor is critical if you want to be thriving later in life.
When a chiropractor adjusts your misaligned joints, you’ll get out of pain, but just know that the absence of pain does not equal proper function. Pain is the last thing to show up, and the first thing to go away. The real benefit of chiropractic is a properly functioning spine and nervous system, which can only be ensured through regular chiropractic care. Just like it’s smart to get exercise regularly, brush your teeth regularly, and eat nutritious food regularly, it’s healthy to get your spine checked out regularly as well. Get checked regularly for proper function of your spine and not only will you reduce discomfort, you will also set yourself up to live a long and healthy life.