How can you protect your spine?

My grandmother Margita used to say ‘protect your spine as you won’t be able to buy a new one when it goes’. I must admit that I wasn’t totally convinced of her wisdom until I started doing regular exercise which has most certainly helped me to maintain my spine in good shape.

A healthy spine is an essential part of overall well-being. It provides stability to the general structure of the whole body. The spine is made up of many small bones (vertebrae), joints, soft tissues, intervertebral discs and nerves. The key purpose of the spine is to assist with posture, movement, balance and supporting the head. It also protects the spinal cord. 

If the spine is in a good shape, it enables you to continue doing your favorite activities as easily as when you were younger – and, most importantly, it avoids the limitations on movement caused by long-term back pain.

It’s alarming news that approximately 80 – 90% of the population suffers from back pain at some stage. Who’s more inclined to suffer from back pain? Chances are people who lift heavy objects, are overweight or obese, or had previously some issue with their back will feature heavily in this statistic.

A growing number of people who work in offices have problems with their back due to an incorrect sitting posture (often stuck for hours in front of their computer screen) resulting in a weakness in the back muscles. This is quite often associated with weak abdominal muscles that are not trained to hold the lower back and pelvis in ‘neutral position’.

As we get older, diseases and some muscular imbalances can contribute to thinning of the vertebral discs in the spine. This could cause back pain and some other related issues. Therefore, it’s important to look after your spine and keep it as healthy as possible.

“A man is as young as his spinal column.”- Joseph Pilates

The best position of the spine is ‘neutral position.’ This is the strongest position that allows you to make safe movements. Gentle resistance exercise such as Pilates (balanced muscular development with skeletal alignment) can work on developing the muscles that fully support this position and so stimulate a decompressed, strong and flexible spine. Don’t wait until there is a problem. Act now and make resistance exercise part of your life. I’m certain that your spine will thank you for it one day.

Call us today on 0415 128 804 or send us email to secure your spot in one of our mat-based Pilates class.