Spine Facts That You Probably Don’t Know
That You Probably Don’t Know
When it comes to the spine, it is a very complex and confusing structure. Actually, the human body, in general, is very complex. There are still things about our own bodies that we don’t quite understand. It’s pretty interesting to learn about ourselves. There are so many different spine facts that the average Joe might not know. In this week’s blog, we thought it would be fun to go into depth about some spine facts.
For starters, did you know that throughout the day your height changes? Sounds unlikely but it’s true. During the day, the Earth’s gravitational pull causes your spine to compress ever so slightly. After a night of rest, ideally a full 8 hours, your spine is taller. That’s because at night the cartilage in your spine expands from the lack of a downward pull.
Interestingly, babies have more vertebrae than adults. As a matter of fact, newborns actually have 33 vertebrae whereas adults only have 26. As our bodies grow, some of them actually fuse together to form the tailbone and the back of the pelvis.
Throughout the lives of many, frequent doctor visits and even missed days of work are attributed to back pain. That’s right folks, apparently, the common cold isn’t as common as we thought. Back pain beats every other sickness or reason you or I might take a trip to the doctor.
Additionally, the human body has anywhere from 640 to 850 muscles. Of that number, the spine alone houses over 120 muscles. Plus, the spine also has around 220 ligaments and 100 joints.
Another interesting fact about your spine is that it is extremely strong. It can bear a large amount of weight but is also very flexible. There are 3 natural curves in the spine. If bent far enough, it could actually form 2/3 of a circle. That’s pretty impressive.
Sometimes, back pain can be an indicator of a different problem. Especially if you experience pain on a regular basis. For instance, mid-back pain that gets worse after eating can be a symptom of a stomach ulcer.
Scoliosis is a condition characterized by a sideways curve in the spine. Actually, humans are the only mammals that are affected by this ailment. Also, teenage girls are much more likely to be affected than boys.
There are many reasons to make sure your posture is good. Your spine has a “memory” and when held in a certain position for long enough, it will resort back to that. Poor posture can also lead to problems such as depression and constipation.