#11: The Relationship Between Movement and the Brain
Dynamism Biohack – The Relationship Between Movement and the Brain
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In the previous show on the five pillars of dynamic health, we talked about the beginning of movement and how it mediates our abilities to speak, write, and use gestures. This article, part II, will delve deeper into the relationship between movement and the brain.
Debunking the Myth
The myth in exercise physiology is that working out for an hour or two a day is sufficient for good health. However, this is like eating one meal a day and skipping all the other meals. This results in nutrient deficiencies and chronic diseases. Similarly, exercising for an hour and then living a sedentary lifestyle is killing us.
A recent study at Harvard conducted on healthy older adults shows that exercise positively affects the structure of key brain networks in the medial temporal lobe (MTL), which is considered the seat of learning and memory, thereby improving cognitive function. The study participants went through a 20-week dance-based aerobic exercise program, which allowed them to better learn, retain and logically apply information in new situations, improving their generalization abilities. Chiropractic care provides an alternative or complement to exercise programs as it focuses on spinal adjustments to improve nervous system function, which controls all functions of the body, including cognitive function. Chiropractic care can also improve overall health and reduce the risk of chronic inflammation, a silent killer that can contribute to various conditions, including cognitive decline.
The Origin of Human Movement
According to Dr. Wolpert, a neuroscientist and engineer, movement is the most important function of the brain. Even simple movements like picking up a pencil require coordination and computational power beyond electronic abilities. The brain creates movements because movements require a brain.
Bayesian Decision Theory in Neuroscience
Dr. Wolpert uses Bayesian decision theory to explain how the brain deals with uncertainty. The brain combines sensory input and prior knowledge to generate new beliefs. As we learn new movement skills, the brain processes statistical information about the world and our noisy sensory apparatus.
Sensory Input and the Brain
Sensory input is like shaking a ketchup bottle. When we shake the bottle, we receive true sensory feedback, but when someone taps on it, we get an extra source of sensory information. The brain combines these sources of information to make predictions about sensory feedback, which changes our perception of the world.
Movement and the brain are inextricably tied together. The brain creates movements, and movements shape the brain. Understanding the complex relationship between movement and the brain is crucial for optimal health and performance.
The Importance of Spinal Movement for Brain Function: A Three-Phase Approach to Spinal Care
Research has shown that only 10% of our brain’s energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing. The remaining 90% of brain energy is spent processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity and generating sensory input into the brain and body. This underscores the crucial role of movement in relation to brain function, which Nobel Prize winning scientist has likened to a windmill generating electricity for a power plant.
Assessing Spinal Health
Despite the importance of spinal movement, it is difficult to detect issues with tiny spinal joints until spinal decay or degeneration sets in, often without any symptoms. This is why it is vital to have a regular assessment of the healthy movement and function of the spine by a Doctor of Chiropractic.
Three Phases of Care
In most chiropractic cases, there are three phases of spinal care – rehab, corrective, and wellness care. During the rehabilitation phase, repetitive chiropractic adjustments are used to restore normal function between adjacent spinal joints, reducing chronic inflammation and negative stress signals to the brain. With time, spinal movement is progressively restored, at least to the best version of yourself, leading to the corrective phase focused on correcting bad posture, improving spinal alignment, and optimizing central nervous system activity. Finally, in the wellness phase, regular chiropractic care helps maintain optimal brain to body health.
Moving for Optimal Health
Just like Dentistry and oral hygiene promote dental health in a sugar-laced, nutrient deficient world, spinal hygiene is essential in our sedentary, immobile world. Humans, just like over 30,000 species in the underwater world, require movement, which generates spinal movement and nerve impulse input to the brain and CNS. Evidence from the sea squirt to human beings shows a clear association between movement and brain size, particularly in mammals. Moving, therefore, is critical for expanding our brains and overall health.
Spinal movement is essential for optimal brain function, which is why regular chiropractic care is essential. With a three-phase approach to spinal care, starting with rehabilitation, transitioning to corrective care, and ending with wellness care, individuals can enjoy a lifetime of optimal health.