Our central nervous system is comprised of two magnificent components; the brain and the spinal cord. The spinal cord hosts essential nerve bundles and lymphatic delivery systems to fuel the brain and facilitate complex, involuntary functions like digestion and circulation. Moreover, blood supplied to the brain provides oxygen, amino acids, electrolytes, and hormones vital for daily functioning.
One of the emerging discoveries in the field of neuroscience is the concept of neuroplasticity. Neuroplasticity involves the brain’s ability to strengthen and adapt itself for the purpose of new experiences. This discovery affirms the brain’s resiliency and capability of structurally and functionally reorganizing itself. Synapses (the connections between neurons) and neural pathways are constantly altered in response to new information generated by learning, experiencing, exercising, environmental changes, and so forth. While progressive degeneration of neuroplasticity has been linked to illnesses*, the expansion of neuroplasticity is equally viable. Exercises like puzzles, complex thought, or recollection may help generate new neural pathways.
Dysfunctional posture and muscle fatigue may lead to changes in the way that our brain processes incoming sensory information and formulates outgoing muscle command.** Emerging research affirms that spinal function impacts brain function; specifically in terms of the prefrontal cortex where higher learning and cognition occur.*** Our chiropractic technique, the Torque Release Technique, is designed to improve spinal function which may help improve posture and muscle tone.
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