Do You Have A Healthy Spine?

Do You Have A Healthy Spine?

How do you know if you have a healthy spine?

I’m sure most people would say that if you don’t have any back pain, you have a healthy spine but that is absolutely NOT the reality.

Back pain can come on suddenly or be something that has happened slowly over a number of years and is usually the result of your spine not being as healthy as it should be.

What is a healthy spine and why is it so important?

The spine is made up of vertebra (bones) and in between these bones are intervertebral discs, which help absorb impact and compression of the spine.

For instance, when you pick up and carry heavy shopping bags, the spine and intervertebral discs compress under the load.

A healthy spine will easily cope with this load. An unhealthy spine will experience the load as stress and compression. If this happens many times, eventually the structural integrity of the spine becomes compromised and could result in tightness, stiffness and pain and a "stooped" posture.

This is where core strength is so important.

Core strength ISN’T just about the “abs”. It’s all the muscles of the torso working together to provide support for the spine and work to eliminate excessive compression of the intervertebral discs.

A healthy spine that is supported by great core strength is long, in alignment with upright posture, not compressed, mobile and flexible.

Unfortunately, many people just accept that their spines will deteriorate as they age, but that is just not the case!

Joseph Pilates sure knew what he was talking about.

 “If your spine is inflexibly stiff at 30, you are old. IF it is completely flexible at 60, you are young.”  “A man is as young as his spinal column.” Joseph Pilates

Pilates is the only exercise method that specifically develops the health of your spine, and this is in fact the foundation of this corrective strength training.

A little bit of pilates every day is an insurance policy for the future health of your spine. Mat pilates was designed by Joseph Pilates for people to practice daily in their own homes, without having to pay any money or be inconvenienced by going out.

Learning mat pilates gives you all the tools and knowledge you need to keep your spine healthy for both daily life and the duration of your life.

A healthy spine contributes significantly to quality of life, don’t wait for back pain to happen before acting and be proactive, not reactive.

You’ll be very happy you did!

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