IN JUST 2 MINUTES: EFFECTIVE TECHNIQUE FOR ADJUSTING YOUR SPINE (VIDEO)
Let us start with a few words about the spine! The spine is composed of a series of bones known as vertebrae, stacked one upon another. Other names for the spine are the vertebral column and the spinal column.
The spine itself is divided in four regions: cervical (neck), lumbar (low back), sacral (pelvic), and thoracic (chest/trunk). The cervical spine is made up of seven cervical vertebrae. Its main function is to support the weight of the head, which is about 10-12 pounds. There are two specialized vertebrae that move with the skull, which is its greatest range of motion.
The cervical vertebrae are also the smallest vertebrae. The first cervical vertebra is called the atlas, and it significantly differs from the remaining ones. It is shaped in the form of ring and it has two big protrusions on the sides which support the weight of the head. The second cervical vertebra is also known as the axis.
It is unique vertebra as it has a bony peg-like protrusion called the dens or odontoid on its upper surface that fits in the ring of the atlas. The curve of the neck is also called a lordosis curve, and it looks like a “C” in reverse.
The major function of the thoracic spine is to protect the organs in the chest cavity, especially the heart and the lungs. The thoracic cage consists of twelve thoracic vertebrae which protect the internal organs. It is constructed in a way that one rib is attached on each side.
The thoracic spine is shaped in the form of a “C” curve, meaning that it has a normal kyphosis. The thoracic spine is not that movable if you compare it to the cervical and the lumbar spine, and it is due to this thoracic cage. Last, but not least, the lumbar spine is made up of five lumbar vertebrae, which are the largest vertebrae of all.
They create a normal lumbar lordosis, meaning that they are aligned in the form of reverse “C”, just like the cervical spine. These five lumbar vertebrae bear the weight and that is why they are the largest in diameter, compared to the thoracic and the cervical vertebral bodies.
The exercise presented in the video is pretty simple and easy for everyone to make. The only thing you should do is to follow the simple instructions by looking at the video.
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