Everyone wants to feel good, to ride the wave of “happy hormones.” Yet this sense of peace, calm, and well-being eludes many people. Fortunately, there are some problems with brain function that can be addressed through natural methods such as neurospinal correction.
According to Melillo and Leisman in Neurobehavioral Disorders of Childhood: An Evolutionary Perspective, brain function depends on sensory input from the body. Their theory is that humans developed bigger brains after they developed an upright posture. Because of this evolutionary process, postural muscles are the connection between movement and higher-level brain functions. They propose common threads between many neurodevelopmental disorders of childhood such as ADHD, PDD, OCD, and autism. These common threads are: 1) lack of motor coordination and 2) lack of executive function. Executive function is the ability to coordinate brain outputs such as impulse control, reasoning, and completing a task. Melillo and Leisman propose that a state of neurological disconnect between body and brain leads to understimulation of “primitive” parts of the brain, the cerebellum and thalamus, contributing to a lack of executive function. In 2007, Friel used EEG testing to show that up to 90% of patients with ADHD have understimulated brains. In other words, the frantic physical activity of patients with ADHD is not effectively reaching the brain; there is an interruption in neurological signalling.
There is a second aspect to brain function called the “brain reward cascade.” This is the brain’s ability to produce biochemicals (“happy hormones”) that give us a sense of well-being. Interruption of the brain reward cascade can contribute to addictive, compulsive, risk-taking behaviors. If there is a neurological disconnect, it can prevent people from feeling capable, safe, and at ease in the world. This problem with the brain does not have to be a permanent condition, however. Loss of normal neurological function can be identified and addressed. Supporting normal neurological function, enhancing the brain reward cascade, and restoring the flow of neurological signalling to the “primitive” parts of the brain are all goals of neurospinal correction.
The discovery of neuropeptides gave insight into how this happens. Pert, who discovered opiate receptors, noted that the spinal cord is rich in receptors for neuropeptides. Neuropeptides are involved in the brain reward cascade, which was originally thought to occur in the limbic system of the brain (yet another “primitive” region). The limbic system includes the amygdala, hypothalamus, and – based on newer information – the spinal cord. This is why the process of neurospinal correction can lead to an increase in feelings of well-being. Patients often report feeling better but are unable to articulate exactly what has improved. For some people, a simple explanation will suffice: your body is working like it is supposed to. For others who want to know why and how, that’s why we provide the explanation, the big words and big concepts.