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The Brain, Spine, and Gravity

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If you think that bodybuilders don’t need healthy brains and chess master’s don’t need strong spines, you’re wrong. In fact, in 1981, neurologist Dr. Roger Sperry won a Nobel Prize for his brain research which not only changed our understanding of the brain, but clearly showed the relationship between the brain, spine, and gravity. 

According to Dr. Sperry, “90% of the stimulation and nutrition to the brain is generated by the movement of the spine.” This means that maintaining proper alignment and mobility of the spinal column is crucial for optimal brain function. In other words, the spine is the motor that drives the brain.


Further, Dr. Sperry demonstrated that 90% of brain energy goes into processing and maintaining the body’s relationship with gravity. Gravity is one of those ever present forces that we can’t see, smell, taste, or touch. Yet, it affects us every moment of every day, pulling downward on our bodies, compressing our organs and spinal disks, and without intervention leading to degeneration. 

The Mechanics of the Spine

When we move, we send signals to our brain through our nervous system. These signals help our brain process and coordinate movement, enabling us not only to perform physical actions but also to think clearly and function properly. The spinal column houses and protects the spinal cord, which is the main conduit for these signals.

The spine is made up of stacked vertebrae, which are cushioned by small discs. These discs act as shock absorbers, allowing for smooth movement and flexibility. However, when the discs become misaligned or compressed – through your movement or even just through the force of gravity – they can create pressure on the spinal cord, affecting the transmission of signals. This can result in impaired brain function, including decreased mental clarity, problems with memory, and decreased cognitive function.

Restoring Natural Alignment

Chiropractors are specialized healthcare professionals who focus on maintaining proper alignment and mobility of the spine. Through gentle adjustments and manual therapy techniques, chiropractors can help restore the spine’s natural alignment and improve nervous system function. This, in turn, can have a positive impact on overall brain function.

Making chiropractic care part of your healthy 100 Year Lifestyle will maintain spine health and prevent issues such as misalignment and nerve interference. By keeping the spine in optimal working condition, chiropractors can help ensure that your brain is receiving the stimulation and nutrition it needs to perform at its best.

So, take a lesson from bodybuilders and chess masters. Keep your brain and spine functioning at peak levels for maximum performance. There’s a 100 Year Lifestyle provider near you to help you on your journey!


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