• Question: how do bones know how and when to move justy by communicating with your brain?

    Asked by manahilmahrukh to Alison, Helen, Matt, Miranda on 28 Jun 2012.
    • Photo: Miranda Armstrong

      Miranda Armstrong answered on 28 Jun 2012:

      You bones don’t actually make the movements. Your brain communicates with the muscles in your body through the nervous system. Messages are sent by the brain to the muscles through the nerves to make the muscles move. The muscles are attached to the bones with tendons so when the muscles move that causes the bones to move.

    • Photo: Alison Atkin

      Alison Atkin answered on 28 Jun 2012:

      A great answer from Miranda and exactly what I would have written. It is a great marvel of our bodies’ design that we can move without really having to think about it. This is one thing some scientists are looking at, so that they can create new prosthetic limbs that peope can control with their minds – like our natural limbs. They are getting a lot closer, but it is still very hard work to use these types of limbs, because although the connection is there to the mind, the individuals’ have to think very hard to get them to do what they want.