Four parts of exercise, a myriad of applications, and one integral thought process to making our daily lives more personally beneficial.
Let’s start with the four categories of a complete exercise regimen. The first two, muscular strengthening and cardiovascular development are well-known elements of the typical exercise activity. Skiing, biking, weight training, backpacking, in fact most active exercise events incorporate muscular activity and attendant cardiovascular demand. The effect is to improve development of muscles and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to them.
The other two parts, stretching, and balance exercises are more commonly neglected. Stretching retains pliability of motion to the joints, connective-tissue, tendons, and fascial sheaths, insuring
a supportive “give” to the end of range of motion, especially during times of rapid loading. Balance exercises stimulates sensory neurology, and develops the reflex communication to the motor neurology, effecting muscle response in maintaining balance and protecting joints.
Okay, so why is this important? To answer that, we have put the systems together as a complete package. Muscles deliver power for the purpose of motion across the joint. Nerve is what tells it when and how much power to deliver. The joint has to be capable of full range of motion with a soft pliability at the end range of motion. Sensory nerves within the joint tissues and the muscles need to be able to communicate information about position in space and speed of motion, to keep the joint from being hammered at its end range of motion. Hey, simple, right?
Well, okay, maybe not. You see, it’s a balance of systems, and each system is dependent on the development and maintenance of the others to work in a coordinated fashion. Key to the discussion is the control system; the Nervous System. Keep it functioning, and the other systems can work to their intended optimum. That is the Chiropractic difference.