Spinal health and integrity are maintained through movement-based activity. The body’s resiliency is closely tied to the health of the spine. Think of a slinky toy. It would sit motionless if left alone; grounded in a compressed state due to gravity. In a similar fashion, the spine succumbs to the effect of gravity when movement is less that adequate. The structures of the spine allow for six natural movements and one that is forced, to a greater of lesser degree. The component structures of the spine require movement for the maintaining of lifelong activity.
A slinky is a toy that is mobile in all directions. However, twisting is limited because it is already in a twisted state. The slinky must be moved to exhibit it’s various motions. Likewise, the spine must be moved. When the spine is motionless, a dynamic of spinal compression occurs. In progressed situations, this can lead to compression fractures and extreme discomfort. Spinal mobility becomes extremely limited in these cases. Spinal compression. The time to start protecting yourself against preventable spine problems is now. Exercising regularly helps in keeping off excess weight. Strengthening the muscles in your back and core will also help. Targeted stretches, safe activities such as walking, bicycling, swimming and yoga are great ways of keeping the spine healthy.
The spine is capable of six movements. There is Twisting (rotation), Forward bending (flexion), Backward Bending (extension), Sideways bending (lateral flexion) and, an extra movement, lengthening upward (axial extension). However, these movements deteriorate with age. Due in large part to prolonged sitting, minimal movement, and decreased core strength and stability. Because direct blood flow to the spine decreases to nil as one ages, movement is required to create fluxes in osmotic pressure. The skeletal components of the spine (vertebrae) create osmotic pressure that helps nourish the softer spinal components (discs). Twisting around in a chair to get an object or to talk to someone, bending forward to tie your shoes, leaning to the side to avoid something, reaching up over head to get something: these spinal movements are involved in everyday actions. The require combinations of muscular actions in order for them to occur. Thus, physical activity is needed for spinal health.
The body is designed for movement. The remains of present-day humans that have been unearthed throughout history reveal that the basic design has not changed for thousands of years. Yet, current society is being directed towards lifestyles that support inactive lifestyles. Modern pressures and concerns present the illusion that time cannot be taken out for one’s self. This must not be allowed to remain as ‘the norm’. 10 – 15 minutes of healthy movement, every other day at least, will be a great boost sustaining spinal health. Move toward sustained activity throughout your life. Move toward muscular tone to related to spinal mobility. Move to improve spinal health.
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