What does your spine do?

Your spine is one of the most important structures in your body because it protects the spinal cord, which controls all your bodily functions. There are 24 small bones known as vertebrae and they are classified into cervical (neck), thoracic (mid back), lumar (low back) and coccyx (tailbones). It is normal for your spine to have curves when being viewed from side on and the brain is able to send messages to other parts of the body by utilising the spinal cord to communicate. Your spine is designed so that you can get different types of movement such as rotation, bending forward/ backwards and side to side which allows us to perform everyday activities such as turning our heads in different directions or picking up something from the floor.

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