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Roles of the Spine and How to Keep It Healthy

By Genevieve Cunningham

One of the most important and yet forgotten parts of our body is the spine. While we probably give it some thought if it hurts or has been injured, we very rarely give it any specific thought on a regular basis. But, the spine is massively important to our bodies and our health. Why? Because it has so many functions and roles in the body! Take a look at these three roles that the spine plays in our bodies, followed by what you can do to keep it healthy for a lifetime.

Gives Your Body Basic Structure

If you didn’t have a spine, or you had an unhealthy spine, you wouldn’t be able to stand or sit upright. The spine gives you a shell or skeletal system with which to work. It allows you to remain in the upright position that we all live in every day. This goes without much thought or mention, but it’s one of the most basic and important ways that our spine helps our bodies.

Provides Flexibility

Each vertebrae of the spine is actually separate from the other. When put together, they make up your spine in its entirety. That’s why you can literally damage one vertebra and not any of the others. Because of the way the spine is put together, it enhances our mobility and flexibility. When the spine is unhealthy, you may find that your general flexibility is hampered. This causes problems for not only our activity level in general, but also for the way that we feel and behave on a daily basis.

Protects the Spinal Cord

The spinal cord is a very important part of our central nervous system. Housed within the spine, the spinal cord sends and receives messages between the brain and the body. When the spine is unhealthy, it causes disruption in this very important system, and therefore wreaks havoc in various locations around the body. Because this is so intricately linked to so many functions and processes within the body, this may be one of the spine’s most important roles to protect.

Chiropractic Care for a Healthy Spine

If you want to keep this portion of your body healthy (and you should!), try getting chiropractic care. Chiropractors are experts on the spine, and they’ll be able to help you keep it in tip-top shape. They will look for problem areas and misalignments, and correct those spots using manual manipulation. With ongoing care, they may be able to keep the spine in shape, and therefore boost the functions of each role that it plays in the body.

If you would like to try chiropractic care, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get the care you need without the hassle. Protecting your spine is crucial for long-term health and wellness. Get to The Joint today for a boost in spinal health and a step in the right direction for your well-being.

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