The Spine: Fascinating Facts and the Benefits of Chiropractic Care

25 March 2024

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Your spine is an incredibly fascinating part of your body. Its design grants it amazing properties, such as flexibility and protection of the spinal cord. This blog explores interesting facts about the spine and how chiropractic care can help maintain its health.


The Unique Structure of the Spine

Your spine is composed of over 120 muscles, 220 individual ligaments, and 100 joints, contributing to its remarkable flexibility. Typically, the spine consists of 7 bones in the neck, 12 in the upper back, five in the lower back, and the sacral and coccygeal bones beneath, each uniquely designed.

When we are born, our spine is made up of 33 bones (vertebrae), initially formed from cartilage. By age 25, these vertebrae fully ossify into bone. As adults, the number of vertebrae can reduce to 26 due to fusion during growth.


The Spine and the Nervous System

The central nervous system comprises the brain and spinal cord, with the spine protecting the spinal cord. The spinal cord transmits messages from the brain to the body and back, facilitating interaction with the environment. The spine carries over a million nerve messages between the brain and body daily.

The cartilage in your spine can expand and contract, which is why we shrink as we age. Gravity pulls on our bodies over the years, compressing the cartilage and reducing height by about one inch over time.


Five Fun Facts About Your Spine

  1. Humans and Giraffes: Both have seven bones in their neck.
  2. Spinal Cord Terminus: The spinal cord ends two-thirds of the way down the back, with the remaining part consisting of nerve strands resembling a horse’s tail, known as the “cauda equina.”
  3. Atlas Bone: The highest bone in the neck, called the ‘atlas,’ is named after the Titan god tasked with holding up the sky, much like our neck supports our head.
  4. Coccyx (Tailbone): Named after the cuckoo bird due to its beak-like shape.
  5. Scoliosis: Humans are the only mammals that suffer from this condition.


The Importance of Chiropractic Care for Spinal Health

Chiropractic care is essential for maintaining spinal health. It helps keep the joints mobile and the spine flexible, preserving its incredible properties.

If you’re ready to take better care of your spinal health, book a consultation with one of our expert chiropractors today. Chiropractic adjustments can help maintain the flexibility and health of your spine, ensuring it functions optimally.

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