Survival or Performance?

Is the brain wired for survival or performance? Definitely survival. One current theory for brain function is that it works on ‘prediction’ as a survival mechanism. If there is lack of clarity in the body maps stored in the brain, there is decreased predictability. This results in the body acting in a cautionary mode that would include less power output and increased tension. If the lack of clarity reaches a level that it causes a threat, either perceived or real, pain can also be a result. Pain in this case is then being used as a way to get one’s attention because it manifests the brain output of highest priority. This can happen even though there is no pathological damage. One way to create greater map clarity is performing dynamic joint mobility drills, where movement of each joint is performed with specific intentions, qualities, and awareness. The science behind this approach is that there are virtual maps of the body in the brain that are constantly being updated by somato-sensory input. The input to the proprioceptive virtual map (i.e., where the body is in space and its relationship to other body parts) comes from a variety of receptors of which the mechanoreceptors are of primary importance. These receptors are concentrated around joints in the joint capsule, ligaments, muscles and skin. By doing specific movements for each joint, there is an increased flow of information to the brain and the clarity of the virtual body map in the brain improves. In summary the Dynamic Joint Mobility Drills can improve body map clarity in the brain which improves predictability and in turn increase strength, flexibility, power output, coordination and potentially decrease or eliminate pain.