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Correct Spinal Alignment

The Importance of Correct Spinal Alignment


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Correct spinal alignment can be seen both inside and outside. On the outside, it is a posture that determines correct alignment whereby you should have an invisible plumb line straight down the side of the body  from the ear to the shoulder, to the hip, to the knee, and to the ankle.

Correct spinal alignment on the inside of your body can be seen via x-rays. At the front, there should be a plumb line straight down the middle of all vertebrates. On the side of a spinal x-ray, correct alignment will show even curvatures – a curve going in (lordosis) in the neck and low back as well as a curve going out (kyphosis) in the midback.

Correct spinal alignment is important because your spine is the central pillar of your body. Not only does it keep you upright, but it also protects the Central Nervous System (CNS) which runs along your spinal cord, brain and brainstem. It is vital to protect your CNS as it is what allows you to move, feel and have functioning organs. The CNS also allows you to self-heal, self-regulate and self-organise.

Having poor spinal alignment can cause subluxation which interferes with the body’s ability to communicate effectively to the brain for self-healing, self-regulating and self-organising.




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