Updated: Jan 25
In the world of health and exercise there is something that does not get discussed often enough or at all which is a little scary considering how crucial the function is. I am talking about Neuromuscular function. Neuromuscular function refers to the way that the nervous system and the muscular system work together in the human body. The nervous system is made up of the brain and the spinal cord which send signals to the muscles, telling them when to contract or relax. The muscular system on the other hand is made up of the muscles themselves which are responsible for moving the bones and other parts of the body. Joint pain, immobility and restriction are some of the most common things I have heard about from new clients as a personal trainer for the past 7 years. Quite often this pain causes people to reduce their pursuit of movement which in turn makes their muscles less mobile and pliable and greatly reduces strength. As we decrease our activity, we begin to distance the co-dependent relationship of our nervous system and muscles. This leads to poor coordination. Coordination in our bodies is a result of this marriage of our nervous and muscular systems.