It does this by using a combination of input from the joint and muscles of the neck, visual input, and input from the inner ears. On a boat the horizon is always moving, which creates a sensory mismatch, the eyes are saying you’re running, and the neck is saying it’s not. One easy trick to see if there is an apparent mismatch is too directly touch your neck with your eyes open and gauge how If it is simpler to move with your eyes closed then there is a sensory mismatch between vision and neck structures.
- One of the most powerful neurological reflexes in the body is something called the righting reflex.
- The neck is commonly injured from wide variety of situations, from whiplash accidents, to strains while lifting, to simply sleeping in a compromised position.
- Hopefully this helps give an explanation why you may have pain in an area, even though the problem is in a completely different area.
“In simple terms, the job of the righting reflex is to keep the eyes level with the horizon. It does this by using a combination of input from the joint and muscles of the neck, which tells the brain where the head is, visual input, and input from the inner ears.”