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trunk + spine Oct 14, 2020

I bet you're aware that your spine is an important part of your body. Not only is it located along the centerline of the body, but it is the channel for your spinal cord which transfers all electrical nerve impulses from the brain into the organs and muscles.

Chiropractic recognizes this and bases its success in treating patients with diverse health issues. By realigning the vertebrae and other joints, the nerve impulses can travel more freely and without interruption. All vital processes can happen more easily with fewer roadblocks and we'll have more energy.

“If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old; if it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.” ~ Joseph Pilates

Seen from a movement-focused point of view, if the spine can't move freely, then other joints that are towards the periphery of the body (shoulders, hips, knees, etc.) have to become excessively mobile to make up for the lack of movement in the spine.

On the other end of the spectrum, if (parts of) the spine are too mobile, then they can't provide enough stability for our daily habits, such as lifting something heavy. Other parts of the body (shoulders, hips, knees, etc.) will have to create extra tension around them to help stabilize the body somehow.

Luckily, there's an exercise for this.

In the video above, I demonstrate a simple exercise that provides the perfect balance: strengthen and move your spine at the same time.

Take a look and - of course - it's highly recommended to try this at home.

"You are as old as your spine." ~ Chinese Proverb

 

Related: Tips For Correctly Stabilizing Your Spine in a Plank Position

 

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