Are you aware of the current health status of your spine? You may have back pain or have issues that you aren’t aware of, yet.
There are many beliefs, especially in the ancient practice of yoga, that what is going on with your spine affects the rest of your health. Which makes sense, think about it, it carries the precious spinal cord from your brain out into the body where it then splits up and sends nerve impulse to all facets of your body, controlling things like movement, sensory feedback, digestion, breathing, heart rate…etc. So if you’re spine is restricted and not allowed to move freely, these sensitive nerve fibers may not be performing effectively, which in turn prevents you from performing.
Research conducted by Dr Henry Windsor in 1921 showed that unhealthy spines can contribute to organ disease in many of the organs of the body when he dissected 75 human and 22 cat cadavers, comparing curvature of the spine and the correlation to nerve fibers from that region, to the diseased organs. Medical Times, Nov. 1921, 49, pp. 267-271
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The good news is that a lot can be done to help restore function and mobility back to the spinal column! But if you are aware of the implications and the signs and symptoms you may be experiencing, then you can’t improve it.
If you’re not measuring it, you’re not managing it.
For example, if you want to lose cm’s from around the waist, but you’re not measuring it, how do you know if the exercise and nutrition strategy is working or not?
First things first, is there something wrong?
- Are you experiencing back pain? Either constant or when you move?
- Do you struggle to look over your shoulder when reversing your car?
- Can you touch your toes with straight legs?
- Do your hobbies or job cause you to use one side of your body more (eg. waitress, golf or painter)?
If you answered YES to any of these or feel like something isn’t quite right, then secondly you need to get your spine (and health) checked!
I offer a free spine health screen which will give you an insight into what is going on with your spine. With the results I can give you advice on how to improve it or for better results, I can continue to see you and coach you through exercises, activation and mobility strategies and techniques.