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Come on Pretty Baby let's a Move it and a Groove it.


First a little anatomy

If the spine was one long continuous tube of bone it would be much stronger than it is, but we wouldn't be able to bend or twist or turn. The body has done this amazing trick of chopping the spine into segments, so we can bend and twist and turn, but it has overlapped those segments for strength. Where those vertebrae overlap is called a facet joint. Facet joints allow freedom of movement between one vertebra and its neighbours.

Facet joints of the spine


It has been discovered that if we spend more than three hours a day sitting (in total not just in one go) then adhesions can develop in the facet joints. An adhesion is when one structure in the body gets stuck to another structure in the body. Now depending on which text book you read, anywhere from between three months and two years of an adhesion forming in a facet joint you get scar tissue developing reducing the mobility of the facet joint. Impaired facet joint function can lead to pain and dysfunction of some of the body's vital processes, so depleting our resources.

So, every day you need to take your facets joints through their full range of movement so that any adhesions are broken down before they become scar tissue.

A more important reason for good facet joint mobility.

Have you ever wondered where the electricity in your brain comes from? If you don't know the answer then you're in very good company as no-one really knows for certain. A lot of very qualified people think they know, but then again a lot of different experts think that they know it's something else entirely.

Current theories have suggested that it is generated metabolically; i.e. from food; from ion exchanges across cell membranes; in a transformative way; i.e. from the static electricity in the environment; and chemically.

Here's the latest findings.

The first law of thermodynamics says that energy can neither be created nor destroyed but only changed from one form to another. I'm, paraphrasing from memory here so please don't get too upset if you think I've over-simplified it.

Some people now think that the electricity in the central nervous system is converted from the kinetic energy of movement of the facet joints. There are specialised cells within the facet joints which respond to the movement of the facet joint and charge the so-called brain-battery.

It is vitally important to have enough electricity in your central nervous system as it controls absolutely everything in your body, and if you don't have enough of it you die.

Yet another reason to take your facet joints through their full range of movement every day.

However, as with any other form of exercise, it makes sense to get the OK from your health care provider first. If you need help in working out a program that will take your facet joints through their full range of movement pop into the centre and we will take you through it after we've assessed your structural needs.

Otherwise, get wriggling baby! 



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