Getting to Know Your Spine
By Sara Butler
You probably know that your spine helps you to stay upright, walk around, twist, move, bend, and do a plethora of other pretty remarkable things on a daily basis. But how much do you know beyond that about this very important structure? Well, you need to understand your spine and its separate parts in an effort to care for it appropriately, so here’s some information to help you get to know your spine better.
The Four Segments
Your spine has four segments that each has their own unique characteristics so that they can do their job correctly. They are:
- The cervical spine – This is also known as the neck. It has some majorly important jobs such as protecting your brain stem, protecting your spinal cord, and moving your head around. Issues with this part of the spine can result in neck pain and back pain that travels down your arms or can cause you to suffer from headaches.
- The thoracic spine – This is the upper to mid back and the part of your spine where the ribs attach. That means it helps to protect vital organs, and this area is less prone to problems since there’s not as much mobility in it as in other areas of your spine.
- The lumbar spine – This is your lower back. It has five vertebrae whose main job is to support most of your body weight in conjunction with your hips. The lumbar spine has a very wide range of motion, and this can become quite problematic because it opens this particular part of the spine up to a lot of injuries. That’s why so many people suffer from low back pain.
- The sacral spine – This is the section of your spine made up of five fused vertebrae that create a triangle shape. It connects the rest of your spine to your pelvis.
Your spine is tough but can be delicate too. That’s because if you don’t care for it properly and understand all that it does for you, then you may end up with some major problems. If you want to care for your spine appropriately, make sure you stay at a healthy weight, that you eat right, that you exercise, and that you see your chiropractor regularly to address any issues.
If you have questions about your remarkable spine, then go ahead and ask your chiropractor the next time you're at The Joint. Your chiropractor loves questions about their favorite thing - the spine!
To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic.