2 - Take Your Position - Review

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Key points of spinal anatomy:

  • Spinal bones are called vertebrae.
  • The spine is formed by 24 vertebrae.
  • A disc sits between each vertebral set.
  • The disc has two parts: the inner nucleus, and the outer annulus.
  • A bony ring on the back of each vertebra forms the spinal canal that protects the spinal cord.
  • Two facet joints sit between each vertebral set, one on the left and one on the right.

A spinal segment is made up of:

  • Two vertebrae, one on top of the other.
  • A disc between the two vertebrae.
  • Two nerves that leave the spinal cord at each level, one on the left and one on the right.
  • The small facet joints that link the two vertebrae together.

The spine has three natural curves.

  • The neck and low back curve inward (lordosis).
  • The midback curves outward (kyphosis).
  • The spinal curves help balance and cushion the spine.

Spine health is maximized by keeping the spine balanced, or centered.

  • When the parts of the spine are out of balance, they don't work as well
  • Using imbalanced postures upsets lifelong spine health.
  • Imbalanced spine postures may not cause pain right away.
  • The neutral spine position combats abnormal and excessive strain on the back.

Aerobic exercise is an important part of recovery after
back pain.

  • It is recommended in most guidelines for treating low back pain.
  • It can help relieve the stress that often goes along with having back pain.
  • It can help keep you fit.
  • It can help your body release endorphins, the body's own natural painkiller.

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