The musculoskeletal system includes the bones and muscles, but it also encompasses the connective tissues and joints. Altogether, these structures afford the body form and movement. Given the complexity of relationships between the bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments, problems can easily arise when any one alignment is out of order. The spinal column in particular may experience issues when the vertebrae are not in correct arrangement. These bony structures can press upon nearby nerves or pull on attached tendons and muscles. Many times sudden trauma such as that caused by a fall or auto accident can lead to spinal misalignment, which typically produces discomfort and impaired back function. Chronic joint deterioration in the spinal column, including osteoarthritis, can also contribute to neck or back pain.
By maintaining proper spinal posture while sitting and standing, you can reduce your risk of back injuries and other problems, such as degenerative disc disease. The best position for the spine is called the neutral position. It places the lowest possible amount of stress on your spine.
To learn how to sit and stand in the neutral position, watch this video. You’ll hear an occupational therapist explain the natural curves of the spine and how you can maintain them. She also demonstrates proper pelvic position with a spine model and explains the value of lumbar support.
If you’re injured in an auto accident or sports activity, you can recover faster with chiropractic care from Dr. Lisa Smycz from Errol St Chiro.