I ran into a friend the other day at the hospital. We were there for a follow up appointment for Craig’s shoulder surgery. My friend was there taking his mother to the rehab pool for her movement appointment. She had a stroke several months ago, and this is part of her therapy.
We were asking his mom how she is doing, and it was interesting to hear how much better she feels after her pool therapy. Her comment was “movement makes all the difference”.
Movement is life. Literally.
If you’ve ever noticed how babies move, they move all the time (except when they’re sleeping). Their movements begin as random arm and leg movements that lack coordination. As they develop, their movements become purposeful: grasping, crawling, playing and other movements that get them what they want or where they want to be.
Movement stimulates brain development…that’s why babies move so darn much!! I remember learning years ago in neurology that a baby’s brain complete’s about 75% of its total lifetime development in the first year of life. And movement of all kinds facilitate this development.
Movement never stops developing our brains. Movement stimulates brain cell regeneration and healing. It increases blood flow and oxygen to the brain, which in turn keeps the brain healthy. It helps insulin resistance and the release of growth hormone, both of which help to keep brain cells young and vital. It helps clear brain fog and improve memory. It stimulates the release of endorphins, which are critical in helping us feel happy and motivated, which is a positive factor for WANTING to move more.
As a chiropractic patient, movement is part of your care in my office. I prescribe regular movement of all kinds: fast, slow, cardio and strength. I help teach you to stretch and be flexible, and I show you how to move your spine for optimal results.
Why? Because it will keep you alive longer.
And not just alive…LIVING!! (There’s a difference, right?)
I want you to be able to hike Machu Picchu if you want to for your 75th birthday. I want you to be able to line dance till you drop. I want you to be able to get down on the floor and play with your kids and grandkids without pain. I want you to be able to do what you want, when you want, how you want for the rest of your life without being limited by pain or mobility.
So don’t underestimate the importance of moving every day in as many ways as you can. Value movement like you value air.
Your life depends on it!
Have a great day 😊.
~ Dr. Dingman
P.S. If you’re looking for some great ideas on how to get moving, check out these YouTube videos!
HI! I'm Dr. Shawna Dingman and I operate Elevate Women's Health Centre in Port Perry. I am the co-owner of Elevate Health Centres with my husband, Dr. Craig Dingman.
Speaking of family, I'm a mom of 3 amazing kids: Jackson, Jenna and Cole. I've always been passionate about the care of women and children, probably because I began my career as a pediatric and pregnancy chiropractor as a young mom with an infant! Aside from clinical practice, I also coach women chiropractors who want to have practices that are a great fit for their families. In my "spare" time, I love to cottage with my family, hang out with the kids, CrossFit at our local gym, read a book, catch a great show on Netflix, go for a run or have coffee with friends.