The spinal column, otherwise known as the backbone, is a complex system made of 33 bony vertebrae supported by strong muscles, flexible tendons and ligaments. The interplay of these structures allows us to stabilize our entire body. This enables us to stand, bend, twist, walk, sit and maintain a certain posture during weight-bearing activities with relative ease. More importantly, this houses and, thus, acts to protect the spinal cord, which is part of the peripheral nervous system that coordinates functions of our body with our brain. Therefore, if this is affected by any disease or is disrupted by injury, this may result to pain, disfigurement or disability.
When we are born, our spine is C-shaped. And as we grow old and learn to walk on our feet, we adopt an upright posture so
that the weight of our body would constantly pull on our backbone; consequently, it assumes an S-shaped configuration.
Viewed from the side, the cervical and lumbar regions have a slight concave curve (lordosis) while the thoracic and sacral
regions have a convex curve (kyphosis). This shape, likened to a spring, allows our body to perform a wide range of movement
and activities such as sitting, standing, walking, lifting, dancing, without having to put too much strain on the backbone.
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