How Your Body Stays Balanced Scientists have discovered that your brain relies on information from your muscles and joints around your spine to maintain balance and posture. This process is called sensorimotor function.
Neck Pain and Sensorimotor Function A study examined how neck pain affects sensorimotor function in older adults.
Test Results The researchers conducted various tests to assess sensorimotor function, such as eye movement control and balance.
The Impact of Neck Pain The study found that older individuals with neck pain performed worse in most tests compared to those without neck pain. Their eye control and balance were particularly affected.
Poor Communication Between Neck and Brain Researchers believe that neck pain may disrupt communication between the neck and the brain, leading to difficulties in balance and sensorimotor function.
The Importance of Spinal Information Your brain relies on sensory information from your spine’s muscles and joints to control your movements effectively.
Chiropractic Care’s Role The Centre for Chiropractic Research supports the idea that chiropractic care improves communication between the spine and the brain.
Benefits of Chiropractic Care Chiropractic care has been shown to enhance sensorimotor function, including improved ankle joint awareness, faster steps, and better information processing.
Beyond Neck Pain Chiropractic care offers more than just relief from neck pain. It enhances brain-body communication, benefiting overall function.
Conclusion Whether you’re experiencing neck pain or simply want to optimize brain-body communication, visiting your family chiropractor for spinal adjustments can help you function at your best.
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