Repair your brain

December 26, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s been a massive year for many people in NZ, especially if the clients coming through Spinewave are any indication of the stress most of us have been under.

Hearts and hugs go out to our friends in Christchurch again as the city is rocked once more. We had face-to-face experience at ground zero in February and could not imagine going through it all again now that loved ones are safely in Auckland. It’s taken all this time to recover whilst holding family and business together. I’d like to thank everyone for their love and support this year – friends, family, clients – and trust you are using this time wisely around Christmas to rejuvenate.

The problem with doing what you love is finding that you keep getting drawn back to something worky, without realising it’s work (and being told off). So I write this quickly while no one’s looking.

I came across this image of nerve endings which reminded me of what the goal is this holiday: to repair my brain. Neurochemistry was depleted through worry; sleep abandoned by excess thought; sugar craved because of overstimulation; and toxic free radicals built up under the weight of the world. Modern day stress is an insidious killer that will eventually claw you into Hades faster than time ever will – and you won’t even recognise it until broken and burned out.

Quite simply, the brain controls everything in your body. It perceives the world around you and determines responses to that world depending on its functional capacity. Stress wears that capacity down. It short circuits the spine, and the body’s organs, glands and blood vessels co-ordinate poorly. If you’ve had a stressful year too, let’s get back to basics and remember 10 things you need to do before visiting your chiropractor again next year. Read more


December 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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“My doctor told me that things would settle down eventually. They did not.”

Previously I had written on dizziness as it relates to eye reflexes and blood pressure. This case will briefly highlight the difference between central vertigo and peripheral vertigo.

Peripheral vertigo is the most common go-to set of diagnoses when someone starts spinning: Meniere’s Disease, otitis media, labrynthitis, benign paroxysmal positional vertigo, viral infection or maybe acoustic neuroma. Peripheral refers to the inner ear region (on the periphery of the head).

Central vertigo would probably be the most likely cause of vertigo for the average person, yet, ironically, the most commonly overlooked. Central refers to neurological disruption in the centre line: brain, brainstem and spine. These 3 things are the functional units which come under the most strain on a day to day basis because of the way we stress and hold our posture. Balance and equilibrium is perceived at the levels of cerebellum and brainstem and they can receive “snowy TV” disturbance from both ends – the brain and eyes above, or spine and body below.

Central vertigo can also cover the third area of vertigo, which relates to systemic problems like blood pressure, blood sugar levels, heart conditions, polypharmacy or psychiatric issues.

Within the inner ear there are various bits and pieces that keep us on the level: Cochlea, semicircular canals and otolithic organs. The cochlea interprets sounds while the canals and otolithic organs are responsible for balance and awareness of position. The otolithic organs detect how fast or slow you’re moving in the vertical and horizontal planes, while the semicircular canals detect angular acceleration with the fluid that moves inside them. In a nanosecond, your brain can work out the angular acceleration of your head and where you are in the world with equations like this, which used to take me hours in engineering school. The brain’s depth of instantaneous computational powers is truly amazing.

What is also truly amazing is the functional design of the semicircular canals that report this information back to the brain in order for these calculations to be performed. There are 3 canals, almost precisely perpendicular to each other in each plane (x, y and z), and each canal detects angular acceleration in its plane. The wisdom of the body didn’t create these haphazardly and place them at random angles, hoping for the best so you don’t fall over. As with most things in nature, there was intent in creation. Read more

The Holographic Brain

December 7, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Research, Spinewave Bulletin 
  1. Everything’s connected.
  2. Success is based on the brain’s ability to reorganise itself.
  3. Mechanical medicine is not the whole picture.

In the video below, half of the little girl’s brain is removed, in a procedure called a hemispherectomy, after she had multiple brain-damaging seizures. The brain then rewires itself to resume normal function of the whole body as best as possible. So if you subscribe to the premise that left controls right, right controls left; the back is for vision; the sides for temperament and the front for judgement, you’d only be half right.

“Neu­ro­plas­tic­ity refers to the life­long capac­ity of the brain to change and rewire itself in response to the stim­u­la­tion of learn­ing and expe­ri­ence. Neurogenesis is the ability to create new neurons and connections between neurons throughout a lifetime.”

Everything’s connected. The nervous system is ubiquitous and communicates at the speed of light. Well, almost. Recently it was proven that neutrinos travel faster than light which has tilted Einstein’s relativity on its head. But for now, the nervous system communicates in frequencies, with wave fronts. You might have learnt in science class that a light photon can take the form of a particle or a wave. That is to say, something mechanical and tangible, or something energetic and intangible. Modern medicine treats the human system as a mechanical unit: organs broken are replaced; prescriptions for chemicals missing are refilled; and electrical information bounces over myelin sheaths along nerve endings to reach the ends of the body. While it may be true in part, that viewpoint is simply too slow. The body is performing millions of tasks simultaneously, all the time. There is far more to the body’s communication and healing system than meets the eye. Read more

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