Good posture is something we talk about all the time. Our spine is a truly remarkable structure. Have you ever wondered why so many people actually feel back pain? Why people can’t do daily tasks without low back pain? Why does normal use of the spine cause so many problems?
We have areas on the body that are under stress all our lives but still work flawlessly. A pretty good example is the upper ankle joint. Good posture helps the spine through a pain-free life cycle.
The spine has adapted to the upright posture
As the main and extremely strong pillar the spine consists of vertebrae and connecting elements (ligaments, discs and muscles). They participate in the transmission of even the greatest loads. Our spine didn’t adjust to the upright posture right at the beginning but with development. As a result, it is biomechanically most exposed to loads. Especially the cervical and lumbar spine.
The function of the spine has changed
The spine has developed as a horizontal mechanism built to function in extension. This means bending backwards or bending the spine backwards with many intervertebral discs for great lateral mobility.
The function of the spine has changed. It changed in the direction that we would now need a construction that could defy compression and flexion forces. Unfortunately, people lack such a construction.
For easier understanding
The intervertebral disc consists of two parts. The outer part of the discus, which is tightly intertwined with collagen fibers, is called the annulus. The inner part, which has a slightly more fluid structure and can be imagined as a jam in a donut, is called the nucleus.
Now that you know what an annulus is, you will also understand why there are major problems with it in the flexed position. The annulus is still much thicker and stronger in the front of the spine (the one closer to the thorax and abdominal cavity) than in the back.
In addition, the longitudinal ligaments along the spine are also horizontal shapes.
The anterior longitudinal ligament is wide and the posterior is narrow.
It is typical for the posterior longitudinal ligament, that the lower down the spine it goes, the narrower it is.
It is essential to maintain physiological lordosis of the spine
In everyday life, we need the most natural, correct position of the spine to distribute the weight evenly across the discs. If we maintain physiological lordosis, then the weight of the body presses forward towards the “stronger” part of the disc. However, if we lose lordosis, a force is created that causes pressure on the back side of the spinal cord or on the nerve root.
Rule # 1 is to keep the physiological lordosis in everyday life.
Change your position as often as possible and maintain physiological lordosis.
With the good posture and the right movement for a better tomorrow
Most people think that the health of their spine is self-evident. What is more, they think that it is something that is given to them and they are not aware of the dangerous movements that can suddenly prevent them from a carefree everyday life.
Almost everything we do in life requires the cooperation of the spine. Spine problems are rarely the result of a single activity or accident. Most spinal injuries occur over years or even decades and are the result of many factors. Everything from how we sleep, sit, eat, to how we deal with everyday stress at home or at work.
Life is full of unpredictable dangers to the spine, we must not think that we must never again bend and lift or carry anything. On the contrary, the spine is made to move in all directions. Just be careful how you perform the movements.
9 tips for good posture and movement of the spine in everyday life
GETTING OUT OF THE BED OVER THE HIPS
STRAIGHTEN YOUR BACK WHEN GETTING OUT OF THE CAR
BRUSHING YOUR TEETH IN UPRIGHT POSITION
PUTTING ON YOUR SOCKS WITH A STRAIGHT SPINE
CORRECT SITTING POSITION WITH LUMBAR SUPPORT
INATTENTIVE ROTATIONS DAMAGE CAN DAMAGE THE SPINE
COOK WITHOUT PAIN IN YOUR BACK