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Is it yours or mine?

Can you touch your fingertips to each other behind your back?  Can you close your eyes and find your feet?  Can you walk in a straight line?  You probably can.  The reason the that our bodies possess a sense sometimes called kinesthetic (from the Greek for “perception of motion”), and are served by proprioceptors.  (Proprio comes from Latin “for one’s own”).

 

The information that some of the proprioceptors send to the brain creates some of the most fundamental components of our sense of self.  It is the innate intelligence of your body that does the creating of your sense of self.  Without a sense of self, you could not survive in this world.

 

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Why do we say ouch? (2)

Inside the spinal cord, millions of nerve cell bodies in the grey matter process sensory and motor input and handle automatic reflex actions.  Touch a hot stove, and your hand jerks back instantly because of a spinal cord command.  Conscious reactions occur when the spinal cord relays messages to and from the brain via nerve fibers in the white matter.  You feel pain and know you have burned your fingers because a report was sent to your brain by way of the spinal cord as the spinal cord mediated a reflex action in your muscles.

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Why do we say ouch!!!

About seventeen inches long, up to three-quarter on an inch thick, and as flexible as a rubber hose, your spinal cord provides the main link between your brain and the rest of your body.  Thirty-one pairs of spinal nerves containing hundreds of thousands of individual nerve fibers emerge through holes in the spinal cord’s bony protector, the spinal column.  Thousands more fibers project from the bottom of the spinal cord in a cluster called the cauda equina or horse’s tail before they, too, exit through the spinal column.

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Does it hurt? (3)

The simplest response is a sharp reflex that travels only to the spinal cord, an even speedier means of protection, when it is necessary to snatch back one’s hand from a frying pan.

Our sensory apparatus, with the autonomic nervous system, monitors functions inside the body.  Digestion proceeds, blood circulates, lungs expand and contract.  We are seldom conscious of theses messages.  Yet your innate intelligence is constantly controlling the many trillions cells of your body ALL of the time.

So, make sure to visit your chiropractor weekly in order for your body to have a full nerve supply!

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Does it hurt? (2)

A signal of burning pain or of an ache travels more slowly than a prickling sensation, no more than about six and half feet per second; originate deeper in the skin; or seems to come from a more diffused, generalized area, such as the neck or back.  Thus, we feel a sharp prickling pain first (from a wasp sting for instance), then the slow burn.

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Does it hurt?

Pain is a sensation we seldom get used to.  Pain is an alarm that warns of tissue injury.  The several million free nerve endings are our pain receptors, and the more we get hit, the more it hurts.  Some pains prick, some burn, some ache.

A prickling sensation travels to the brain the fastest, up to ninety-eight per second, and locates its source more precisely in the skin‘s outer layer.

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Do you know your special senses? (3)

Helen Keller was stricken blind and deaf as an infant, isolated from the world and from her fellow human beings.  But during childhood the sensitive receptors in her fingertips put her in touch with the world.  By feeling, she studied objects, nature, people and experiences the thoughts and emotions that made her a human being.  As a girl of 14 she sat at the side of Samuel Clemens as her fingers “read from his lips” the stories he told.

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