Did you know that your spine loves to move, and when it does the rest of your body grooves?! Yes, your spine is designed to move, and this week to celebrate ‘Move More Month’ which creates national awareness of the benefits of moving throughout April, we will be sharing why it is so important for the health of your spine. Your spine is a complex structure comprised of a column of bones known as vertebrae, and intervertebral discs that sit between each bone. This beautiful structure is supported by muscles, ligaments, and connective tissue, which all help to stabilise your spinal column. Why is your spine so important? Your spinal column protects your spinal cord; the communication highway connected with your brain, and together forms your nervous system. Your nerves and the supporting structures described above, all work together to support every function of your body and allows for movement. And when you move, it helps them to work at their best and groove! We are a big fan of movement for spinal health and encourage everyone to incorporate it into their day where possible. Here are 5 reasons why movement is essential for the health of your spine: 1. Promotes flexibility Regular movement helps to promote flexibility in the spine and surrounding muscles, reducing stiffness and increasing the range of motion. This will help to keep you active and make those daily activities more comfortable. 2. Reduces risk of injury By keeping mobile and maintaining a good range of motion can help to reduce the risk of injury and prevent strains, sprains, and other musculoskeletal problems. 3. Supports the health of your discs Movement helps to maintain the health of your intervertebral discs which are positioned between each vertebra. These discs are designed to absorb pressure throughout your spine and aid mobility. When you move, the discs receive nutrients essential to keep them healthy. 4. Enhances circulation Every time you move it helps to enhance circulation to your spine and surrounding muscles, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the tissues and encouraging waste products to be removed. 5. Supports your posture If you have been sat for a period of time, think of movement as a reset for your posture and spine. Staying active helps to maintain your natural posture and spinal alignment, helping to prevent unwanted aches and pains. As you can see, your spine loves to move, and regular movement is essential for spinal health. By incorporating movement into your daily routine, such as through exercise, stretching, or simply taking breaks to stand up and move around, you can support the health of your spine and reduce the risk of pain and injury. And don’t forget, chiropractic adjustments facilitate better movement through the spine too! Each time we assess and adjust a specific area of the spine, it helps to support the areas highlighted above, keeping your spine and body working at its best. The content of this blog is for educational purposes and is not intended to offer personal medical advice. You should seek the advice of a qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this blog.
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