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Movements that help you build neuro-muscular signalling

By Dr. Mike Mew

 • Updated on May 30, 2024


In our fast-paced world, where the demands of daily life often keep us tethered to desks and screens, the importance of physical movement cannot be overstated.

Beyond the benefits of physical fitness, regular movements play a crucial role in building neuro-muscular signaling – the dynamic communication between your nervous system and muscles that is essential for overall well-being.

  1. Mindful Movement Practices:

Engaging in mindful movement practices such as yoga or tai chi goes beyond the physical aspect of exercise. These practices focus on deliberate, controlled movements that require a heightened awareness of your body. By concentrating on the present moment and the sensations within your body, you strengthen the neural connections between your brain and muscles, fostering improved coordination and balance.

  1. Functional Training:

Functional training involves performing exercises that mimic real-life movements, enhancing your body's ability to perform daily activities with efficiency and reduced risk of injury. By incorporating functional movements into your fitness routine, you stimulate neuro-muscular pathways, promoting better synchronization between your brain and muscles.

  1. Dance as a Neuro-Muscular Elixir:

Dance is not just a form of artistic expression; it's also a powerful tool for building neuro-muscular signaling. Whether you prefer salsa, hip-hop, or ballroom, dancing engages various muscle groups and challenges your brain to coordinate intricate movements. Regular dance sessions can enhance your spatial awareness, balance, and cognitive function.

  1. Resistance Training for Neural Adaptations:

Resistance training, including weightlifting and bodyweight exercises, prompts your muscles to adapt and grow stronger. Simultaneously, it triggers neural adaptations, improving the efficiency of the communication between your brain and muscles. As you progressively challenge your muscles, your nervous system becomes more adept at recruiting the right muscles for the task at hand.

  1. Mind-Body Connection through Pilates:

Pilates is renowned for its emphasis on the mind-body connection. By performing controlled, precise movements, you activate specific muscle groups while maintaining focus on your breath and body alignment. This holistic approach to movement fosters a deep connection between your brain and muscles, promoting overall strength and flexibility.

Incorporating these movement practices into your routine not only enhances your physical fitness but also nurtures the intricate relationship between your nervous system and muscles. Building a robust neuro-muscular signaling system is a holistic approach to health, promoting balance, coordination, and resilience in the face of life's challenges.

Remember, the key is consistency. Find movement practices that resonate with you, and make them a regular part of your lifestyle. Your body and mind will thank you as you embark on a journey towards a healthier, more harmonious you.

Mike Mew
Dr. Mike Mew

Dr. Mike Mew is a leading British orthodontist known for his innovative approach to improving dental alignment and facial structure simultaneously and naturally. He is a leading pioneer in the field of Orthotropics, a specialty spearheaded by his father, Professor John Mew.

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