The brain is in charge of thoughts, interpretations of the external environment through our senses, and our physical movements. The spinal cord is the main source of communication between the body and the brain. This is why spinal cord injuries disrupt information between the brain and other body parts.
Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) is like the main cable connecting the server with the entire network being damaged! Imagine! No signals reaching the end users. Unfortunately, our central nervous system still functions on the old fashioned ‘wired’ model and hasn’t shifted to the ‘WiFi’, ‘bluetooth’ or ‘cloud’ based models!
Like a slender, fragile vine made of highly sensitive tissue and A BILLION NEURONS, your spinal cord is like a living extension of your brain running through your spine. The spinal cord partners up with the brain to send information around the body as electrical signals. It tells the body what the brain wants and the brain what the body is feeling; sending out all the vital nerve signals that allow you to do everything from picking up a pen to walking across a room, voluntary movements like picking up a spoon or opening a door, but the involuntary movements (those made without your conscious decision) of the diaphragm (breathing), bowels, and bladder. The spinal nerves carry electrical signals from the brain to the skeletal muscles and internal organs through the spinal cord. They also carry sensory information like touch, pressure, cold, warmth, pain and other sensations from the skin, muscles, joints, and internal organs to the brain via the spinal cord. The spinal cord is a column of nerves that connects your brain with the rest of your body, allowing you to control your movements. Without a spinal cord, you could not move any part of your body, and your organs could not function. This is why keeping your spine healthy is vital if you want to live an active life.
SCI – Spinal Cord Injuries, irrespective of the level, can be devastating, to say the least. Although there are many clinico-anatomico-radiological classifications of SCI, what is really needed for the rehab professionals is a formatted, clear, well elucidated, step-by-step program that helps to prognosticate outcomes. NewRo’s 10 level SCIR does just that!