Here are some facts that you might not know about your spine.
Your spine has over 120 muscles attached to it
This helps your spine to be so flexible and also allows us to use our spine in all different kinds of ways.
The cartilage in our spine can contract and expand
We are actually taller in the morning that when we go to bed; this is because gravity pushes down on our cartilage and causes it to contract throughout the day.
Your spine has a memory
Your spine will get used to your posture and remember it. This makes it harder for you to get out of the habit of having bad posture. However, once you have sorted out your posture, your spine will remember!
Around 80% of all British people will experience back pain within their lifetime
Most people will experience back pain within their lifetime, however only a small number of people will need to have surgery on their spine.
The spine is the first bone to develop
Did you know that the spine starts to develop 2 month after conception, and is the first set of bones to develop
We have the same number of vertebras in our spine as a giraffe
This is what helps us to have such a flexible neck!
Our spinal cord weighs around 35g
That’s around the same weight as a bag of skittles
Back pain is most common in our lower back
Our lower back is constantly twisting and turn, so is under the most pressure. It is also thought that lower back pain can be linked to evolution changes.
Your spine is extremely strong
Your spine can hold hundreds of kilograms on it
Each and every bone in our spine is unique
It consists of 7 bones in the neck, 12 in the upper back, 5 in the lower back and the sacral and coccygeal bones beneath