The spine’s curves work like a coiled spring to absorb shock, maintain balance, and to facilitate the full range of motion throughout the spinal column (see Anatomy of the Spine).
What do the curves of the spine do?
A healthy spine when viewed from the side has gentle curves to it. The curves help the spine absorb stress from body movement and gravity. When viewed from the back, the spine should run straight down the middle of the back.
How does curvature of the spine affect the body?
Scoliosis can affect the body by causing pulmonary and respiratory problems if the organs become compressed due to the curvature. Nerves coming from the spinal cord can also be affected with worsening scoliosis. Everyone has some curvature of the spine.
What should the curve of your spine be?
The normal spine has an S-shaped curve when viewed from the side. This shape allows for an even distribution of weight and flexibility of movement. The spine curves in the following ways: The cervical spine curves slightly inward, sometimes described as a backward C-shape or lordotic curve.
Can a curved spine be corrected?
In moderate to severe cases, scoliosis may be corrected through bracing and/or surgery. If you suspect scoliosis, you should consult your doctor about an appropriate treatment plan.
What does scoliosis pain feel like?
Jayme F: “It feels like a stiffness and tightness in my lower back.” While more common in adults, stiffness and tightness of the lower back can be a common scoliosis-related symptom. As the body tries to adjust to the abnormal spinal curvature, muscles and ligaments can become stretched and strained from overuse.
Is it normal to have a curved spine?
In normal, healthy individuals, the spine always curves. However, it occurs in a very specific way. SpineUniverse explains that this curve is normally only visible when viewed from a side (aka lateral) view.
How long does it take to realign your spine?
Normally, when you get manual manipulation of the spine to correct any of the issues you may be suffering from, this initial process takes adults about 2-3 weeks with two spinal corrections throughout the week.
Why kyphotic curves are considered primary curves?
Why are kyphotic curves “primary curves”? Because they are present in the fetal position/the C shape. Why are lordotic curves “secondary curves”? Because they occur after birth; cervical lordosis begins when an infant begins to lift its head and lumbar lordosis begins when the baby stands erect and begins walking.
Which spinal nerves affect which parts of the body?
The nerves of the cervical spine go to the upper chest and arms. The nerves in your thoracic spine go to your chest and abdomen. The nerves of the lumbar spine then reach to your legs, bowel, and bladder. These nerves coordinate and control all the body’s organs and parts, and let you control your muscles.
What degree is a normal spine?
Anything less than 10 degrees is considered normal variation in a normal individual. The curvature takes place in three dimensions. Normally, the spine is straight when looking at a person from the front or back. When looking at a person from the side, the spine is curved.