Improving and maintaining the health of your spine is one of the single best investments you can make in yourself. You spine is not only responsible for protecting and ensuring the proper function of your nervous system (nerves) but also allows you to have movement from your neck down to your low back.
Anyone who has ever had their back ‘go out’ will quickly tell you that the movement they once took for granted on a daily basis is reduced almost none in a flash.
The spine, or what many people refer to as their ‘backbone,’ is actually a stack of many spinal bones (one on top of the other) that runs from the base of your skull to the bottom of your rear. Between each spinal bone is a cartilage based disc that not only separates the spinal bones so they don’t jam into each other when you bend and twist but also acts as a shock absorber allowing you to walk, run and jump without damaging the spinal bones.
How do the Curves Form?
If you look at a normal human spine from the side, you will see essentially an ‘S’ shaped structure four distinct curves… a forward curve in the neck and low back and curves that bow out towards the back at the mid back and tail bone areas.
What many people don’t realize is that you were born with one ‘C’ shaped curve in your spine, the mid-back curve which curves backwards if you are looking at the spine from the side. As a baby starts to lift the head and move it around, the curve in the neck begins to form forward – opposite of the mid back curve. Now you have 2 curves!
As the baby begins to scoot, kick and crawl, the curve in the low back begins to shape itself secondary to motion, effects of gravity, the weight of the body on the spine and just because the body is innately designed to form that curve.
Why are the Curves Important?