Our backs are amazing, complex structures.
The spine alone houses the spinal cord and nerves that control our every movement and process the sensations that allow us to connect with the world around us. It’s also part of a system that both absorbs and distributes force, such as lifting and carrying loads through our shoulders and arms, while our legs move us around.
In order to accomplish the many tasks it’s supposed to, the back has to be flexible enough to move in every direction, while remaining rigid enough to transfer heavy loads through our arms and legs, whether we are sitting, standing, or lying down.
We don’t really think too much of it until things start to hurt. Then it becomes very apparent how much the joints, ligaments, and muscles of our spine are used in pretty much everything we do our daily activities.
In this post, we’ll shed some light on this complicated structure, to give you insight into what our backs are capable of, what can happen when things go wrong, and how to maintain and improve your back flexibility for improved performance, both in recreational activities and in daily life.