How Mobile Are You? Testing Your Spine Mobility
Spine mobility is something most of us will lose gradually as we age but is it just ageing or is there more to it? Don’t worry, we don’t all need to be contortionists but we should however all have the basic and correct amount of spine mobility.
Here we will try another simple test to objectively measure and see the results of our accumulated injuries and their effects on our spines.
We will need to remove our shirts to get this done right. Have a friend or partner stand directly behind you and far enough so that they can take a full length picture of you.
Once prepped and ready bend to your right side (as per the photo below) by reaching to the floor as far as you comfortably can and take a picture. Now do the same thing for the left side. Do this without bending forwards or backwards. Just to the side. That’s it! Now have a look at your photos.
If all is well you should be able to comfortably reach down close to even past your knee without the opposite foot lifting from the floor. With good spine mobility your spine should move as a smooth arc with each individual vertebra (bones in the spine) involved in and contributing to the movement. However, it is unlikely you will see this.
More commonly you will see parts of your spine moving as a block causing a more jagged and angular arc instead of smooth. These are the areas of injury (not necessarily where you experience pain).
The individual in the photo is only able use a small segment of her spine to bend to the right so reach is limited. Notice how the blue tape tracing the line on her spine is moving off an angle and quite straight rather than a nice smooth curve. Most of her spine is locked solid due to many years of injuries to her skeletal frame, muscle spasm and scar tissue.
Why Is My Spine Mobility Getting Worse With Age?
As we age our bodies become stiffer, less flexible/mobile and achy, to the point that even everyday tasks like getting out of bed can be tricky at times. This is something almost everyone of a certain age can relate to.
But why is this so for so many of us as we get older? Is that just what happens as we age? Should we just accept it?
The answer is an emphatic NO! We don’t need to accept it. The cause for the eventual stiffness and lack of mobility for so many is down to the state of your structure and spine in particular.
Life can be tough at times as it brings about different challenges both mental and physical. The physical having the largest effect on our structure of course but mental health should not be ignored either. Over the years as age and accumulate more and more injuries through accidents, falls, poor sleeping habits, bad furniture and even shoes, our bones can and do go out of place. Slowly but gradually all these things culminate in reshaping our bodies to a degenerative or dysfunctional configuration.
The process of accumulating injuries, losing mobility and range of motion due to compensations is known as ‘winding up’. The further this process advances the further your body suffers. Keep in mind everything is attached to your frame, therefore if the frame becomes crooked and stiff, everything within the body is affected.
When treated with Advanced BioStructural Correction™ (the method we employ) we start to reverse the processes that led to your pain and degeneration. This is known as ‘unwinding’. Through progressive treatment we are able to recover your body’s mobility and get it moving properly again. This results in rapid pain relief, improved range of motion and many other benefits for your health and wellbeing.
Stretching and exercise, massage, physio, various gadgets and whatever else cannot achieve this. The only way is to return the offending bones to their correct positions so you regain bone leverage and function.
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