Many of my patients have heard me say that chiropractic adjustments and other physical work we do on the body is very stimulating to the brain and nervous system. Well, what does this exactly mean? I've found a picture that will hopefully give you all a nice, clear visual of what that means for your body and for your health!
According to Nobel prize winner Dr. Roger Sperry, 90% of stimulation and input to the brain is generated by movement of the spine. In the below picture, we see the homunculus of the brain. It is the portion of the brain that is responsible for both receiving signals and sending out signals to the various parts of the body. The areas of the body that correspond to the different parts of the homunculus of the brain are shown.
For example, if there is a misalignment in the right foot, input to the brain in the area of the foot from the right foot would be decreased. Decreased input to the brain=not good. When we correct the misalignment in the foot, we restore input to that area of the brain and the brain literally lights up upon the patient receiving the chiropractic adjustment. This then improves brain-body communication in both directions.
As a holistic chiropractor, not only do I check and adjust spinal misalignments, but I also always check the jaw and extremities as well (hands, feet, elbows, etc). If you look at the map of the body on the brain homunculus, you can see what a large portion of it is covered by the head/mouth/haw and feet and hands. This reinforces the importance of checking the entire body, not just the spine, for dysfunction and/or misalignments!
Keep your brain and nervous system functioning at its best with holistic chiropractic kinesiology.