Do You Work In- "NEUTRAL SPINE"?

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Neutral spine is a term used when your back and, therefore, your spinal column, is in its natural, neutral posture. First, what is good posture?

Three Natural Curves:

In order to assure the spine is working efficiently, we must keep the bones in the best alignment. Otherwise, the stress and forces are magnified- ligaments will be overstretched and muscles fatigued- causing pain and possible injury. In any activity, these 3 curves should be maintained- but not increased.

The head should be above the shoulders so that the ear is in-line with the top of the shoulder. The top of the shoulder should be over the hips.

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Source: National Institutes of Health

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