The Importance of Daily Movement
Getting your daily dose of exercise and movement is important for long-term health and wellness. It’s also equally important to visit the chiropractor to discuss the prevention of spinal problems or address existing injuries affecting the spine.
The lack of movement in the body can lead to stiffness and more pain, so be sure to find ways to monitor your daily movement. When you have a limited range of motion in the joints from an injury or not moving it enough, it’s important to regain and restore daily movement back into your life. For example, lack of movement can lead to arthritis and other health problems, according to this article.
According to LiveStrong, the spinal range of motion starts off in a neutral position at 0 degrees. The four main spinal movements include flexion, extension, lateral flexion, and rotation that follow.
Supporting Spinal Range of Motion with Daily Movement
It’s important to focus on daily movement to support the spinal range of motion and prevent injuries. At Flintridge Family Chiropractic, we can provide a spinal assessment as well as an adjustment and alignment. We can also advise on what you can do to incorporate more daily movement and gentle exercises into your routine.
According to the journal article “Cervical Spine Functional Anatomy and the Biomechanics of Injury Due to Compressive Loading,” the spine consists of different ranges of motions. For instance, according to the journal, the cervical spine’s range of motion consists of 80 to 90 degrees of flexion, 70 degrees of extension, 20-45 degrees of lateral flexion, and 90 degrees of rotation.
Range of motion, also known as ROM, measures the distance a joint can move and reach its optimal range.
Here are a few important different spinal ranges of motion to support daily movement. This can be helpful in pinpointing limitations or correct problems in movement and keep your spine generally healthy.
Spinal Movements: Flexion, Rotation, Axial
You can start by learning more about the different types of spinal movements to keep your spine healthy and in constant motion. Here are some common terms that you may want to familiarize yourself with:
Flexion – Think of the word “flexible.” This spinal movement is when your spine is rounded in a forward motion, similar to the yoga pose known as “cat pose.”
Extension – This is when the back is rounded and extended in the opposite, or backwards position as a “back bend.”
Lateral Flexion – Think of a deep, side stretch. Lateral Flexion is the movement that occurs when you flex and bend the side of your body.
Rotation – This is part of the Atlanto-axial joint. This movement consists of turning or gently twisting the body left to right in rotational movement to the side.
Axial – This refers to a movement that lengthens or extends the spine.