America you look old, shake a leg!

America you look old, shake a leg

Did Americans decide to stop moving at age 25?  Stop walking, sit down and continue watching, 24 hours a day.  If this is you, chances are that you’re dealing with pain; back pain, headaches, or neck pain.  It’s even taking a toll on America’s healthcare system.  Physically moving keeps you young and healthy.

Do you have any of the following; depression, anxiety, or ADHD?  Exercises like jogging and yoga could be the fit you’ve been looking for.  Studies have shown that moderate exercise three times a week can be just as effective as an antidepressant.  In addition it has been shown that exercise can help you effectively deal with anxiety by giving you better control of your body’s “fight or flight” response.  Symptoms of ADHD have also decreased after only 20 minutes of moderate physical activity.

Your brain thrives on movement.  In fact 90% of your brains calculations are relating the position of your body to its environment and gravity.  When you don’t move the brain stops receiving accurate information.  This can result in increased pain sensitivity, anxiety, and fatigue.  If you’ve ever seen someone who walks like they are 20 years older than they are, chances are that they are more sensitive to pain.  One of the ways Chiropractic care can help with pain is by mobilizing spinal segments that are stuck out of place.  This adjustment changes the information going to the brain, resulting in less pain.

Have you ever wondered why if you bang your thumb and shake it afterwards it feels as if the pain goes away?  Well, since your body prioritizes motion over pain, the nerve fibers that transmit motion are bigger and faster than the nerve fibers that send pain signals.  Think of motion signals as being sent by a cable modem and pain as being sent by a dial-up modem.  Even if the pain signal is still being sent your brain interprets the motion information first.

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