The Bones We Don’t Talk About
Imagine a life where every step you take is pain-free and fractures are nothing but a distant worry.
Sounds good, doesn’t it?
When we think of fractures, our minds often wander to our hips and wrists…
But did you know that 50% of all fractures from osteoporosis happen in your spine?
And that 53% of those who fracture a hip had a previous spinal fracture?
Yes, you heard it right.
Your spine is more vulnerable than you might think.
So today, let’s dive into the world of spine health and talk about simple, everyday, easy changes to help you achieve an unbreakable spine.
What’s in your spine?
Before we embark on this journey, let’s understand something crucial…
It’s not just a stack of vertebrae; it’s your lifeline, your core support system.
Picture this: Your spine consists of 26 vertebrae.
Each one of them plays a crucial role in your daily life.
But guess what?
They are all at risk of fracture, right now.
What’s Safe Spinal Space?
This is the area where almost all spinal fractures from osteoporosis occur.
It’s below your heart, extending down to your belly button.
These are bones you need to protect every single day to keep your spine strong.
So how can you strengthen your spine?
Great question! That’s what we’re here to explore.
So, fasten your seatbelt as we venture into the world of spine health and unveil the secrets to maintaining a strong and resilient spine.
Tip #1: Posture is Paramount
Keep your head, shoulders, and hips aligned.
Sit and stand tall, avoiding slouching.
Proper posture is not just about looking good; it’s about safeguarding your spine.
Tip # 2: Bend at your hips and knees
When lifting objects, keep them close to your body, bend at your hips and knees, not in your spine.
Lifting heavy objects doesn’t have to mean risking your spine’s health.
Tip #3: Maintain Safe Spinal Space
Maintain space in the front of your spine in the area below your heart down to your belly button.
This space remains constant when you bend or twist for daily activities.
If you keep it static, this will enable you to keep that space.