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How Maintaining your Spine Angles helps to Maintain your Health!

Posted Sep 19 2010 12:00am
Spinal Curves Your spine has a “C” curve in the neck, then the spine changes angles and has a bigger “C” angle going the other way, and then back to a “C” type angle of the low back. In the dorsal spine or mid-back and in the lumbar spine or low back the angle is more of an elliptical shape.

Keep in mind that the whole spine works together and that if one of these angles is disrupted, then the others will be too. Often times, the start of this disruption comes from the neck. We lose some of that curve and the head is shifted forward off its center of gravity.

An example of how this then affects the low back is that we often extend our back so that our head and eyes are straight ahead versus facing downward. This, in turn, changes the lower back angle or curvature.

In the upper back or mid-spine the curvature tends to increase or “ hunch up ” following the forward cervical spine. In severe cases this is called a “ dowagers hump ".

Improper angles in the spine equals nerve pressure. Nerve pressure eventually leads to pain. Try to maintain your posture and it will keep your body healthy. A great neck posture maintaining pillow is the Cervical Linear Traction Neck Pillow .

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