When people come to see me, one of the things I check regularly is how they distribute their weight when standing. In other words, I put them on two regular scales to see how much weight they are carrying down their left side and down their right side. It is based on work of Nobel Laureate Dr Roger Sperry.
“Better than 90% of the brain’s output is directed towards maintaining your body in its gravitational field. Therefore, the less energy one spends on one’s posture, the more energy is available for healing, digestion, and thinking.”Roger W. Sperry. Nobel Laureate, 1981
I regularly see people, without discomfort or pain, leaning more to one side than the other. Clearly they are not falling over. To maintain their position standing, they must be exerting more effort, expending more energy against gravity – they have less energy available for other important things like healing, like digestion, like thinking.
The muscles that have to be working with more effort to maintain position, have to be receiving more blood flow to achieve this. They have to be expending more energy, consuming more fuel, creating more wastes, requiring more recovery time because they are working harder. This means that all the other systems in the body that are responsible for dealing with this also have more demands on them to meet this extra effort. The term for this process is Allostasis.
Most of us have heard the term “Homeostasis” – the state of steady internal physical and chemical conditions maintained by living systems. Simply put, Allostasis is the process of maintaining homeostasis.
It is your nervous system that is monitoring, regulating and adapting this process constantly.
Monitoring your weight distribution and how efficiently you are doing this is like a window in which we can view how well your nervous system is achieving this.
As a general guide – 0 – 2kg difference is ideal; 2 – 5kg difference – keep an eye on things; and over 5kg difference – grossly inefficient.
So how well is your nervous system functioning?
Steve – Neurological Chiropractor
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