Your spine, commonly referred to as your backbone, contains 26 different bones called vertebra. In between each vertebrae is a soft disk that is full of a jelly-like substance that cushions the bone and keeps it in place. When one of those disks slips out of place or ruptures it is called a herniated disk. If the disk happens to press on a nerve, you could experience mild to severe back pain or sciatica nerve pain.
Anyone who ever experiences a troublesome headache can’t help but wonder at some point if they might have a brain tumor. Most never act on that paranoia, but there are times when you should pay a little closer attention to your pain and perhaps contact your doctor to schedule an exam.
Any health professional will tell you that maintaining a consistent weight is necessary for your general health. In particular, the function of your spine is greatly impacted weight gain. Excess weight can cause pain in both your neck and back and even lead to injury.
How many times were you told as a child to “stand up straight?” More than likely your parents recognized the importance of good posture and maybe even regretted that theirs wasn’t what it should be. In addition to the superficial advantages of looking up to 10 pounds lighter and leaner when you stand up tall, proper posture balances your body and keeps everything aligned. It also assists in muscle and joint function and helps to prevent back pain.