Unique, obvious, effective and virtually unknown.
Charles Sherrington published “The Integrative Action of the Nervous System” in 1906. The reflexes he discovered have been included in every modern textbook of neurology but the clinical consequences of those reflexes have been virtually ignored in modern medical practice and research.
The Afferent Input paradigm analyses human function from a reflexogenic perspective, bringing new tools and a fresh set of eyes to the way we examine and think about our patients and their health.
This introduction is to remind health practitioners of the anatomy and physiology essential to the clinical application of Afferent Input.
We will cover
- Muscle spindle cells
- Anterior motor neurons
- The myotatic reflex
- Reciprocal inhibition
- The withdrawal reflex
- Muscle control
AFFERENT INPUT refers to the TOTALITY of nerve impulses travelling towards the brain and spinal cord. Produced in sensory nerve endings, afferent input is sent to the CNS where it is then transmitted over the eighty-six billion neurons that make up our central nervous system. Each neuron connects to an average of 7000 other neurons. Together, they convey nerve impulses along infinitely complex pathways and synaptic connections to control and coordinate movement.
The ability for us to move at all, let alone perform somersaults, catch a ball, go to the toilet or climb stairs depends on the seamless integration of input and output. That integration is known as a reflex. Reflexes are survival mechanisms that operate ahead of conscious control. They are initiated and controlled by Afferent Input.
Afferent Input is the engine of the nervous system, the battery supplying the raw ingredients for the function of the Central Nervous System (CNS) which uses that input to control muscles, organs and glands. Afferent Input creates all brain and central nervous system activity.
The Afferent Input Solution is a sensitive diagnostic system based on evidence, anatomy, physiology, natural wisdom and neurology. It explains why some healthcare works when it does, and why it fails.
Afferent input allows practitioners of all disciplines to explain and predict the inconsistent outcomes we all experience with patients as well as allowing innovative solutions to the most difficult problems.
We assess each patient against parameters known to be associated with increased health and longevity, we take the gambling and guesswork out of patient care.
Finally, we can solve the one-size-fits-all fallacy that plagues the randomised controlled trial, the nonsensical notion that the average result from a population can or should be applied to an individual or every individual.
We will see how the Afferent Input paradigm challenges the notion that the brain controls the body, how the brain is a processing centre that connects the mass of incoming signals in a way that creates the totality of output we recognise as function and how our every thought and action starts life as an incoming nerve signal.
We will discover that our nervous system is controlled from the outside-in.