The Backbone of Good Spinal Health
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It’s a normal part of life to experience aches and pains. Especially when it comes to our spine. And it’s even more normal to ignore these aches and pains as they often come and go. From professional athletes to trauma victims to nine-to-five office workers – everyone’s back pain is a little different and many of us don’t take the proper actions or listen to our bodies until minor back pain turns into something much more serious – chronic back pain.
So why then is spinal health so important?
To put it frankly – your spine is the backbone of your health and the centre of your being. But more importantly, your spine is the protector of your central nervous system. This system plays an important role in the function of every other system in your body: circulatory, respiratory, immune and hormonal. So any trauma such as spinal cord injuries can then irritate your central nervous system, or the nerves it protects, causing problems to various muscles and organs throughout your body.
The spine is also what controls your coordination of movement. This means that even pain and lack of mobility in other areas or limbs of the body can potentially be the result of spinal issues. And with movement being an essential part of everyday life, any limitations can have a negative impact on your health and wellbeing.
Another important function of the spine is to support your skull and to connect both shoulders and pelvic girdles. Essentially, it allows your skeleton to be upright and mobile on two legs. Sometimes headaches and pain in the arm or shoulder are the cause of neck pain.
According to the World Health Organisation, the second largest cause of disability worldwide is musculoskeletal conditions that reduce mobility, dexterity and functional ability.* These are all related to the health and well being of our spine.
So next time you wake up and feel those minor backaches, listen to your body and take steps to boost the health of your spine and in turn, improve your overall wellbeing.
Source // ahbeard.com