When you trip or stumble, your body quickly tries to restore balance so that you do not fall. The part of your brain that plays a major role in helping you to stay upright is called your cerebellum. The cerebellum is a small region of your brain that has three major functions: muscle tone, balance, and movement co-ordination. The cerebellum is one of the three components of your brain.
Sidney Crosby’s concussion affected his brain and cerebellum and had a major impact on his ability to play hockey. The cerebellum is very sensitive to falls, injuries and chemicals. The stumbling gait of an intoxicated person is a result of decreased cerebellar function due to the alcohol. Improving your cerebellar function will not only improve your balance but also reduce your risk of injury. Some research has suggested that improved cerebellar function is even linked to improved brain function and the delay of cognitive decline associated with aging.
So what can we do to improve the function of our cerebellum?
There are exercises to activate your brain or cerebellum. Simple activities like balancing on one foot with your eyes closed will help make your cerebellum work better. Coordinated hand and foot movement also helps, as well as activities such as bouncing a ball to playing the piano. If you want more detailed or precise exercises on how to improve your nervous system function, feel free to come down to Grimshaw Chiropractic.