How Your Spine Health Impacts Your Overall Health

Your spine may not be something you think about a lot, but it’s one of the most important parts of your body. It’s composed of 33 bones — called vertebrae — and they’re stacked on top of each other with 3 major curves.  Involved with your spine are 120 muscles, 100 joints, and about 220 ligaments

Furthermore, there are 31 pairs of nerves that snake through the openings of your vertebrae to deliver messages between your brain and muscles. Your spine is, in fact, a mechanical marvel.

Unfortunately, this complexity can make your spine vulnerable to developing problems, which can affect your overall health. The good news is chiropractic care can help keep your spine properly aligned, which, in turn, can help keep you healthy. In this blog, the highly experienced team at Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora explain the connection between your spine health and your overall health.

What does your spine do?

Your spine plays the central role in your musculoskeletal system. Your spine supports your body and allows you to perform every movement, from bending down to tie your shoes to walking up stairs.

Your spine also plays a big role in your central nervous system. There are two major components in your central nervous system: your brain and your spinal cord. Your brain coordinates activity throughout your body, and your spinal cord carries information between your brain and body.

Having a healthy spine allows your brain and spinal cord to work together to carry out all of your body’s functions.

Back health

Given its central role in your musculoskeletal system, maintaining a healthy spine is synonymous with having a healthy back that supports pain-free movement. When you consider that up to 80% of Americans will experience back pain at some point in their lifetime, the importance of keeping your spine healthy can’t be overstated.

Flexibility and mobility  

When your spine is properly aligned, then your spine will have the flexibility and mobility it needs to help you carry out tasks. All functional movements, such as getting out of bed, getting into the shower, getting dressed, and driving your car, rely on the health of your spine. 

Whether you’re an athlete, weekend warrior, or an active grandparent, having a healthy spine is crucial to living a healthy, productive life.

Mental health

Since your spine is a focal point for your central nervous system and protects your spinal cord, it also plays an important role in your mental health. If your spine is out of alignment, it could trigger hormonal imbalances, migraines and headaches. Causing  mood changes, lowered emotions and energy, and affect how well you sleep and even how you respond to stress. 

However, if your spinal alignment is restored and maintained, you can once again have a healthy mind-body connection.

If you have concerns about your spinal health and want to learn how chiropractic care can help you, book an appointment over the phone with Chiropractic Health Care Center Of Glendora today.

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