Where Do Your Ears Measure Up?
Obtaining and maintaining a healthy posture does not top the list for most people, although it should. Just like other forms of hygiene, having good spinal hygiene can and will help you to improve and maintain an optimal quality of life.
Your vertebra and the discs between them as well as the other joints that attach (pelvis, hip, shoulder girdle, etc) are all vital to you keeping active and being able to perform whatever duties or activities you prefer. You need good strong, healthy teeth in order to eat, talk, and well look your best; strong healthy eyes to see, balance and hunting (or eating); healthy skin free from foreign marks, bumps and abrasions. All of these things are regularly checked and usually maintained by you on a somewhat regular if not daily basis. Do you not owe your spine the same regard? Your spine requires proper hygiene just like the others. In fact, quite possibly more.
The spine usually consists of 24 vertebrae and 9 fused vertebrae in the sacrum and the coccyx. It is situated in the dorsal (or back) aspect of the torso, separated by intervertebral discs. It houses and protects the spinal cord in its spinal canal, and hence is commonly called the spine, or simply backbone. The spinal cord is the roadway of the nervous system, where the brain is the hub.
We want the nervous system to function optimally allowing our bodies to have great immunity, acute brain function, athletically function at high levels and supreme general organ function.
Utilizing spinal hygiene to help obtain and maintain ideal posture is a key element in obtaining this level of structure and function.
There is an initiative between Chiropractic and the International multidisciplinary healthcare Delphi panel called, “Straighten Up America”. Envisioning a time when everyone will live actively and will take timeout daily to care for their spinal health, just as they care for their dental health. The need for spinal health promotion is very great as evidenced by the nearly 200 billion dollars spent in the USA each year related to spinal disability.
Get started now! It’s never to late and certainly never to early.
Here are some of the great Spinal Hygiene exercises available to you to get started now:
- Fencer Pose
- 2 Minute Stress Busters
- Cross Crawl Crunches
- Focal Points
- Spine Tuning
- Sweet Release Stretches
- 7 Rules For Lifting
- Mad Cat
- Spine-Nervous System
Forward Head Posture Reversal – This is Dr. Brie’s favorite tip!
Interlace your fingers, place them on the back of your head and gently pushing straight back (not looking up) against your interlaced fingers while countering pressure with your hands. Hold this for 5 seconds and repeat 30 times. You can also do this in your car against your headrest at stop lights or stop signs.