The four curves of the spice balance the two primary functions of our skeletal system: Stability and mobility.The four curves: comprised of 24 vertebrae
- Cervical Spine – topmost curve – comprised of 7 vertebrae in the neck
- Thoracic Spine – 12 vertebrae to which the ribs attach
- Lumbar Curve – 5 vertebrae – the largest vertebrae of the spine
- Sacrum – bottom most curve – 5 fused vertebrae followed by 4 fused vertebrae in the coccyx.
- The bottommost curve of the spine joins with the pelvis and serves as the back of the pelvic bowl.MovementThere are generally thought to be four possible movements of the spine: flexion, extension, axial rotation (twisting), and lateral flexion (side bending)
- Bending to tie your shoes – flexion
- Reaching for something on a high shelf – extension
- Grabbing a bag in the car seat behind you – axial rotation
- Reaching your arm into a sleeve of a coat – lateral flexionClick here to view 4 yoga postures from mindbodygreen.com to give your spine a complete stretch.