“90% of stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by spinal movement”

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“90% of stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by spinal movement”

Nobel Prize recipient Dr. Roger Sperry says that the spine is the motor that drives the brain. According to his research “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” Only 10% of our brain’s energy goes into thinking, metabolism, immunity, and healing. Dr.Roger Sperry demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity.

Problems in the body occur when the curves of the spine and posture are off neutral. Thus meaning each curve should be 30-35 degrees according to shaffeur.  This effects everything from breathing to organ and muscle function, nervous system disposition and many more.

“Ideal Posture is the state of muscular and skeletal balance which protects the supporting structures of the body against injury or progressive deformity, irrespective of the attitude in which these structures are working or resting. It is during a state of ideal posture that the muscles will function most efficiently”. Paul Chek

We think of thee spine as three curves cervical, thoracic and lumbar. The average person spends a minimum of 4 hours slumped either at a computer, driving or on the sofa resulting in a ‘forward head posture’.

This ‘forward head posture’ can add up to 30 pounds of abnormal leverage pulling the entire spine out of alignment and may result in the loss of 30% of vital lung capacity,” says University of California’s director of physical medicine and rehabilitation, Rene Cailliet.

As forward head posture decreases lung capacity it affects the body from effectively oxygenating cells. This can lead to asthmatic conditions, blood vessel problems and heart disease. The oxygen deficit affects the entire gastrointestinal system leading to altered nutrient absorption and peristaltic activity. Lowered oxygen states also decrease endorphin production turning the perception of non-painful sensation into pain experiences.

Upper cross syndrome shows the effects of imbalance between the trunk flexors and trunk extensors. As the abdominal musculature become progressively stronger than their antagonists, the following         postural aberrations may be seen A) short and tight upper abdominal musculature, B) a depressed sternum, C) a forward head, and D) an increased thoracic kyphosis, often with it’s apex at T7-9.

Lower cross syndrome  is shortening of the lumbar erectors, iliopsoas, rectus femoris and tensor fascia latae with lengthening of the lower abdominal musculature, hamstrings, thoracic extensors and superficial cervical flexors. This posture is frequently seen in exercisers who spend a lot of time in the gym exercising with unbalanced programs.

It is very important to stretch tight muscles prior to exercising but not static stretching , dynamic stretching. This is because static stretching sedates the central nervous system. It has been shown by Janda(The Neurobiologic Mechanisms in Manipulative Therapy) that tonic muscles have a propensity for shortening and tightening, often becoming facilitated. Phasic muscles have a propensity for lengthening and weakening. If a muscle group becomes facilitated, it will try to take over the function of synergistic and antagonistic muscles, resulting in perpetuation of muscle imbalance andoften overuse injury to the facilitated muscles.

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About the Author:

Nisha is a certified Chek practitioner and holistic lifestyle coach.Her journey started when a visiting Laban teacher introduced her to Pilates at Dance College during her first year. It's effects were forgotten but she then re discovered Pilates through Michael King eleven years later whilst running her dance school. Her background spans over 25 years with formal training in classical ballet, modern dance, tap, national choreography, stage production and theatre. Her formation includes Pilates, Thai bodywork, Yoga, GYROTONIC, GYROKINESIS and anatomical studies. Her particular interest is fascia, and the connective lines and movement patterns that allow a full moving structure rather than the isolation of bones and muscles. Her fascination with questioning the traditions of modern medicine and fascination with searching for meaningful answers has taken her in many different directions and has offered her an abundance of opportunities gaining a wealth of knowledge. “I tried many movement modalities and extended my search after experiencing fascia, because of its simplicity in movement. Quickly, I noticed my own body changing as well as the bodies of my own clients. In the last 25 years of teaching I’ve developed a workout unique to Yoga Anatomy". Throughout her studies Nisha has done numerous dissections with Julian Baker and Cery Davies and has the opportunity to take lectures and courses from Robert Schleip, Joanne Avisons, Tom Myers, Matt Wallden, Emma Lane, Gary Carter, Paul Chek, Dan Hellman, Peter Blackaby, James de Silva plus many many more Nishas teaching method promotes reflective self-discovery and provides the requirements to integrate a shift in consciousness for attaining individual goals. She maintains that an attitude of compassion, consistency and joyous humor are excellent components to growth and expanded potential. She welcomes all level of movers from the beginner to the seasoned athlete who have a desire to increase their skill potential, also teachers and students. Her specialties include assisting post rehabilitative individuals, injury prevention for dancers and athletes and advanced movement programs.