Have you ever felt dizzy or lightheaded when standing up quickly, or turning your head fast?
How about feeling nauseated when riding in the back seat of a car?
Have you noticed a problem with your posture?
Ever gotten neck, mid-back, or low-back pain?
Last, have you had back pain that persists no matter what you do?
The reason behind your suffering is a misfiring of a small structure at the base of the brain called the cerebellum.
The cerebellum contains hundreds of millions of neurons (nerve cells) that process data, relaying information between the brain and the muscles involved with movement. The cerebellum is responsible for balance and equilibrium, muscle tone, fine movement and coordination.
Voluntary control and involuntary control
Flexing your bicep, buttoning your shirt, tying your shoes, or typing on the computer are all movements and actions that you control; they are voluntary.
The muscles responsible for these actions are under the control of certain regions of the brain that require thought, followed by execution.
There are other muscles over which you have no conscious control. For the sake of this post, I will discuss the muscles that support your spine. The muscles include the multifidus (ms) and erector spinae (es). Both provide stability and support of the spine, as well as extension, rotation and lateral movements.
Unlike the biceps, or the muscles that move your fingers for typing, the multifidus muscles and erector spinae are not under your direct control; they are controlled by the cerebellum.
The multiple pathways and connections involving the inner ear, the brain stem, and the cerebellum keep the multifidus and the other involuntary muscles supporting the spine constantly toned, constantly firing and contracting to keep the joints of the spine in line and stable, allowing you to enjoy all forms of movement and activities while being pain-free.
Back and neck pain develop when the muscles of the spine lose their tone, causing a mechanical dysfunction of the joints.
This is called facet syndrome (FS). FS causes local inflammation and pain.
The reason for the muscle weakness resulting in facet syndrome and pain is a misfire or weakness in the cerebellum. This weakness can be caused by trauma, lack of physical activity (sitting all day at work), and/or joint dysfunction in the limbs or spine.
Fortunately, the advanced science of Chiropractic Neurology allows the physician to evaluate the cerebellum for a weakness, and provide non-drug, manual therapies to rehabilitate it, thereby restoring control to the postural muscles, reducing the facet syndrome and alleviating your unresolved back pain.
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