The Matter of Martial Arts
Guest post by Adeline Rowley, Chiropractic Assistant at McCann Family Chiropractic
Lastly, in the same vein as balance, is body control. It’s time to learn a new word: PROPRIOCEPTION! The Oxford dictionary defines this as the, “perception or awareness of the position and movement of the body.” Over the months and years, martial arts training absolutely supports this learned skill - I’ve seen it happen many times!
Proprioception is the normal nerve signal of your body communicating with your brain. An
increase in proprioception reduces pain signals. Have you ever wondered why you intuitively
shake your hand after touching something hot or rub the spot of a bump right after it happens?
It’s all about proprioception!
What age should I be when I start a martial arts program?
Whatever age you are right now! Honestly. I’ve seen both three year olds and fifty year olds on the training floor. Of course, they were working on vastly different things, but they were both improving in their own way.
Martial arts isn’t like playing on a soccer team where you have to reach a standard. Instead, you find what you want to learn and what you are capable of doing, and you just keep moving forward. Tai Chi is a slower, but quite balance-intense, art that may suit people who prefer to move more peacefully.
Two of Dr. Matt and Monica’s children, Timmy and Sammy, got to train in Stanwood at a school that teaches a mix of Karate, Tae Kwon Do, and Arnis. The McCann boys practice karate and have come a long way in one year’s time. Timmy most enjoys doing partner drills and also says he likes that he can work out mentally and physically at the same time. Sammy has gained confidence in the last year and loves doing his forms. When testing for his red belt, his Sensei noted they had never seen someone with such a big smile throughout their whole test!
Of course, Dr. Matt likes to tell me that he probably fixed the spines of all those people I beat up (which never actually happened, I promise!). Truly, I respect the martial arts for their ability to address each person physically, mentally, and beyond. It is no easy task, but it is so worth the dedication. The confidence, the discipline, the focus, the fitness - things that many of us strive for - available all in one place.
Note from Dr. Matt
I am so grateful that Adeline wrote this awesome blog for us. Our boys have certainly enjoyed their martial arts training. So many of the benefits that Adeline described tie in beautifully with chiropractic. I loved that Adeline brought up proprioception, as that is a huge benefit of chiropractic care. Perfecting martial arts requires a mind-body connection because you’re using your mind for discipline and your body for performance. Chiropractic aims to help restore that mind-body connection. If we can help you on your journey to wellness, please call us today!
Dr. Matt's Boys practice in Stanwood at the NW School of Martial Arts:
Adeline and her three siblings practice(d) in Marysville at Kung Fu Northwest:
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