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Imagine an empty room. In the middle of that room sits a stationary bicycle. On the rear wheel of the bicycle is some type of contraption. Upon closer inspection you realize it’s an electrical generator, and a power cord runs from it, along the floor, and up the wall where it connects to a light bulb. Now, imagine you’re sitting on the bike and you begin to pedal. As you do, the light turns on.
When you stop, the light turns off, leaving you in darkness. You start again and the light turns on again. You pedal faster and the light gets brighter. After a while, you become fatigued, and you slow down. What do you notice about the light? It gets dimmer. Slower and slower you pedal until the light is barely a flicker. You stop and it turns off. Once again, you’re left in darkness.
What you imagined here explains how your Neuromusculoskeletal system impacts your health. The stationary bike represents your joints. The power cord represents your mechanoreceptors. And the light bulb represents your brain. You don’t have to be a chiropractor Little Falls MN for that to make sense, right?
It is through the activity of the Neuromusculoskeletal system that the brain is powered. In the same way that sunlight is essential for a flower to grow, movement is essential for your brain to be healthy. And the healthier your brain, the healthier every cell, tissue, and organ in your body.
This is why walking thirty minutes a day has been proven to:
* Prevent 47 percent of cognitive impairment
* Prevent 62 percent of Alzheimer’s
* Prevent 52 percent of dementia
* Enhance learning by 12 times
* Decrease depression by 20 percent, including relapses
* Reduce the risk of breast cancer, pancreatic, lung, and colon cancer by 50 percent or more
* Prevent 50 percent of all stroke deaths
* Reduce congestive heart disease deaths by 63 percent
* Reduce hospital readmission for heart failure patients by 70 percent
And the list goes on and on.
It’s not that exercise directly makes our hearts healthier, our immune systems stronger, and our brains keener. It’s that exercise is movement, and movement activates mechanoreceptors that supply the brain with an essential nutrient—stimulation. Then the brain, in turn, makes our hearts healthier, immune systems stronger, and itself keener. It does this by releasing certain hormones that help keep every part of us well, including our internal organs. The details of this activity are outside the scope of this section, but—and trust me as your chiropractor Little Falls MN on this—this is basically how it works.