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Back Health – What is the spine?

Over the next few Mondays, we will be talking about back health, why it is important, what problems can occur and things you can do to look after it.

So lets start at the beginning.

What is the spine?

Your spine supports your whole body. Therefore, any problems can affect the whole body. For this reason, it is really important to look after it!

The spine is made up of 33 bones called vertebrae. These bones form a tunnel called the spinal canal through which your spinal cord and nerves travel. The nerves relay messages from the brain to other areas of the body. Between the articular processes of the vertebrae are facet joints which allow your spine to move – twist, turn and bend. The vertebral discs sit between the vertebra and act as shock absorbers. They are under constant pressure. Holding the spine all together are ligaments, muscles and tendons.

It is divided into 5 sections: cervical (neck), thoracic (upper back), lumbar (lower back), sacrum and coccyx.

If you would like to discuss your spine health, please make an appointment to see our Chiropractor Dr Sophie Dean by contacting us here or via 08 8296 4333.

Next week we will look at different problems that can affect the spine and how this may present in the body.

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