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Health in the news: Secrets of the human body, BBC2. Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

14-Nov-2017

Health in the news: Secrets of the human body, BBC2. Can you teach an old dog new tricks?

This excellent new three part series starts by explaining how we learn new skills.

In the brain our nerve cells (Axons) are coated by something called Myelin. Myelin is like the insulating layer of your heating pipes. Without the myelin layer the signal travelling through the nerve would dissipate (just like heat would from un-insulated pipes).


Whether we are learning to ride a bike, learn a new dance routine or having chiropractic care there are three steps:

 

  • 1)We try the new skill for the first time (and usually don’t get it right). The nerve cells needed for the new skill make their first connection.

 

 
 
  •   2)We try again….and again….and again……The nerve cell connection is repeated and strengthened with each attempt.

 

  • 3)We start to complete the new skill successfully without having to think about it (it becomes subconscious). The new connection is now myelinated (insulated) so that it is now permanent! This is how your body learns to move in new ways and the science behind how we train your spine to move in a happier healthier way.

 

 

To find out more you can watch the full episode at; http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b096slbg

By Stacey Priddle