Over the summer, our family had the opportunity to spend a day at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. Not only was it a much needed break during a long road trip, but it also ended up being a highlight for our family.
The first area of the museum we visited was the Body Worlds exhibit* and it was truly fascinating. Through a process called plastination, actual human bodies are preserved and displayed. (We promise it’s not as gory as it sounds.) Here are a few pictures from the exhibit we’d like to share along with a few reminders about how amazing our human bodies are, and why chiropractic is so important to your overall health and functioning.
The brain and spinal cord make up the central nervous system. It controls all bodily functions by processing and coordinating nerve impulses. The peripheral nerves originate directly in either the brain or spinal cord and become increasingly fine as they branch out into the farthest corners of the body. Here, only the main branches are shown. Nerve cells are the basic units of the nervous system. They transmit tiny electrical signals whose number and timing convey information from one part of the body to another. These signals can travel at up to 250 mph.
I’m showing you these real pictures because no words can truly express the magnificence of how your body is designed. All you need to do is see the spine and the life/function giving nerves branching out from it and it’s not difficult to see the spine’s critical nature to our lives.
Chiropractic just makes sense!
The exhibit was an empowering look at the human body in its natural state of wellness as well as some examples in states of disease. The thrust of the message was that healthy lives and enjoying our elderly years is mostly a factor of how we practice self care. It’s not about reactively treating disease, but rather proactively pursuing healthy lifestyle habits, optimizing our body functions and being vigorous our entire lives.
This concept was captured at the end of the exhibit with a number of pictures of seniors engaged in physical exercise, healthy nutrition choices, and social and faith-based activities that have been shown to enhance our daily well-being and optimize our health as we age. Look for these pictures in a future blog!
Yours in health,
Dr. Derek Haughton and Marisol Haughton
*Note: This exhibit was only available in Sudbury until September 2, 2019.