The Spine Brain Connection

The human brain has different functionality compared to any other animal in large part due to our bipedal upright posture.  We have the largest brain to body proportions with the highest center of gravity; this gives us unique challenges as well as opportunities.

The bipedal nature of being human is connected to our larger brains – proportionately.  The feedback from our body with upright posture does in fact activate and feed the brain. The extensor muscles (the ones at the back of our body that hold us upright) are fed by constant firing from the brain into the muscles. This feedback loop from brain to body and body to brain with our upright posture encourages the ‘use it or lose it’ principle of neuroplasticity.

60% of children diagnosed with ADHD have been demonstrated in research studies to have motor coordination challenges (compared to 35% of non ADHD children).  Other studies have shown poor lack of fine motor control (handwriting and speech impairments), pursuit challenges and convergence failure (required for reading). These findings suggest that the coordination of motor function and the coordination of brain function (cognition) are essentially the same thing.

When our brain loses vitality we may notice we take on a more slumped or flexed posture. Amy Cuddy, a social psychologist from Stanford, demonstrated through her research that upright (power postures) in fact change our body’s chemistry and hormone levels (chemicals of our nervous system).

Here at BC Brain Wellness, we take a bottom’s up approach to health by addressing the information feed to your brain through the spine and spinal cord.  Balancing the postural afferent information to the brain is one of several aspects we address.