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Feedforward and feedback The brain, spinal cord and muscular system work together and communicate to enable us to move. There is feedforward from the brain through the spinal cord to the muscles to tell us how and why to move. In turn the muscles, skin and joints feedback through the spinal cord to the brain to adjust and refine movement and inform us about the environment. For example when reaching for a cup of tea - the brain feels a need for a drink and communicates with the spinal cord to tell it where the cup is and the best way to reach it. The spinal cord gives the message to the appropriate muscles that they need to move and we reach for the cup. While we are reaching for, and taking hold of the cup our muscles and skin receptors are constantly feeding back to the brain via the spinal cord so that the movement can be adjusted and modified. They may feedback that the cup is very hot, that is fuller than expected and so on. This allows the brain to modify the movement and account for the unexpected.


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Balance reactions These are how the body reacts and responds to movement so that we can stay upright. There are small adjustments to posture that enable the body to compensate for movements of the limbs so that we don’t become unbalanced. There are reactions that help to maintain symmetry and alignment of the body. Finally there are reactions that protect us such as stepping to stop us from falling if we lose balance (or are pushed) or putting our arms out to protect our head and face if we do fall.

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