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Your Spine as an Ear

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We have five conscious senses and one very important but largely unconscious sixth sense.  This is the sense of proprioception.  Proprioception tells your brain where any given part of your body is in space.  It’s how you can scratch your nose with your eyes closed or stand without looking at your feet.  What difference does this make to you?


Well, you know that for a calculator to give you the right answer you’ve got to put in the correct numbers. Additionally, for a computer program to generate the correct outcome, that data had to have been loaded accurately.  How much more so for your own brain?  If your brain is to produce the most appropriate response in any given circumstance, it must have accurate and complete information from your body.  This is how your spine acts as an ear for your brain.


In addition to all the other things your spine does, it acts as a complex sensory organ that your brain listens to.  This sensory information is subconsciously used by your brain to look after your body in a multitude of ways.  This is one of the reasons why the health of your spine is so important, not just for your back and neck health, but for your overall health.  If your brain “hears” wrong messages from your spine your brain will send the wrong messages to your body.


Three things that will make your spine “deaf”:


  1. Stiff joints – Joints send messages when they move.  When they are stiff, it’s like being hard of hearing.  Your stiff neck is more than a stiff neck, it literally handicaps your spine.
  2. Weak spinal muscles – Your deep spinal muscles also act as sources of sensory information.  When they are weak or restricted they send out static that’s difficult for your brain to interpret.
  3. Arthritis – Arthritis permanently damages your spine’s ability to send nerve impulses to your brain.  That’s an urgent reason to avoid arthritis by keeping your spine healthy.


Three things to do to keep your spine “hearing” clearly:


  1. Move around – You were made to move and your spine loves it when you do.  If you sit at work, get up at least every hour.
  2. Mini tramp – Jump on a mini trampoline for 5-20 minutes a day.  It sharpens your balance and strengthens your spine.  It stimulates a rich supply of sensory input to your brain from your spine.
  3. Get problems fixed – You’d be disappointed if I didn’t tell you chiropractic was important!  Well it is.  Because of the damage our modern lifestyle brings to our spines, you need to have your spine checked and adjusted regularly if you want to keep it in great shape.


Because this is likely a novel concept, I’d love to hear your reactions or any questions you have.

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