Can You Turn That Down?

Music is great because it can influence our mood profoundly. Some leading neurologists have even argued that the human brain is innately and explicitly designed and tuned to respond to music. Our brains accurately tune into the rhythm and beat of the music and our actual physiology changes. Even when not exposed to external music, our nervous systems have a background “music” playing which determines our mood, behavior, physiology etc. This background music is influenced by many factors including stress, diet, sleep etc. Believe it or not our spinal alignment plays a huge role in the music going on in our brains and nervous systems. Because we are subject to gravity, our spinal joints have to send signals to the brain 24/7 to help our brain have accurate information to keep us upright. When spinal joints are moving correctly our brain is getting good, positive, calming music. Think classical music while sitting on the beach with a pina colada while your kids are with the sitter calming. 

Our brains crave this input and proper movement information, plain and simple.

Movement is such a calming influence to the brain that exercise alone is one of the most powerful and effective antidepressants in existence. However, when we experience stress, whether physical, chemical, or emotional, it can cause our spinal joints to get “stuck.” And when that happens, the record skips and the music changes. Instead of sitting on the beach with a pina colada while your kids are with the sitter music we get front row of a death metal concert music blasting into the brain. Which is stressful in and of itself, to say the least. The fancy $10 chiropractic word for this is a “subluxation.” 

Don’t get me wrong, I love death metal music, but only in the gym. It helps me get hyped up to lift heavy and workout hard, but every other moment of my day, I’d rather listen to something else. Death metal would be exhausting to listen too 24/7. When the spine of a child is subluxated, their brains have death metal music on in the background. How hard would it be to take a test, get ready for bed, focus on a task, or calm yourself down when faced with a stressful situation if you were at a Metallica concert? 

Gentle and specific chiropractic adjustments remove subluxations and restore good calming music to the brain. If your child struggles to calm down, regulate their behavior or has difficulty in school, pediatric chiropractic care may be able to help. We use state-of-the art technology to identify areas of subluxation and determine if your child may benefit from chiropractic care.

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