Last week we mentioned the skeleton and the importance of nutrition needed by the muscle fibers to literally pull off the body's ability to generate movement. First there needs to be the thought process, and secondly the brain needs to position the skeleton to move. Once these initial processes are in place and the ligaments have properly positioned the skeletal joints a message is sent to the tendon, the tissue that is connected to the skeleton. Now the tendon does not directly connect to the bone itself but to a connective tissue which is part of the Fascia system of the body. This connective tissue that covers the bone has two layers, the outer which the tendon is connected to and the inner which houses the blood capillaries and peripheral nerves. The importance of knowing this is oftentimes the restriction in movement or that "grabbing" pain is this inner tissue inability to glide. Once the tendon (the object on the right side of the picture) receives that neurological impulse and immediate sensory response takes place as to what dynamics is needed for that particular movement. The tendon processes this information and sends this sensory information back to the brain and the necessary amount of muscle fibers engage that will allow the body to perform that function. How many times have we "thought" something was either heavier or lighter than we thought?
This is a brief synopsis but hopefully gives you the idea of what process the body goes through. The next question I normally hear is "How does my body know how to respond to an accident?" Whether it is a car accident or a simple twist of an ankle the brain actually goes through a check list to ensure that minimal damage is done especially to the spinal cord and organs.
We often here the term "aura" in reference to a 'glow' that surrounds us as an outward reflection of our inner well being. This "aura" in reality is an electro magnetic field that surrounds us. This is a typical aspect of electrical energy and is brought about in us by the neurological energy that flows through us at all times. Understanding that the brain is continuously processing information that allows us to function is very similar as the electrical energy that continues to run through our households even with the lights off. As foreign energy enters our energy field the brain starts to process the information to determine what actions might need to be taken. So when the car on the freeway starts to get to close to you sense it, it is not a feeling. As the body senses this change it has many determinations to make and it processes at approximately a bit of information in 1/30000th of a second. It is this neural process that often protects us when we suffer even minor injuries that could have been much worse.
I will continue this discussion next week, till then remember.....
We all have a Reason to HOPE!
Dennis Gibbons LMT