To understand how a healthy back works, it is useful to know more about the back, especially about the backbone. Without a backbone, we would literally collapse. We really can not do without. If you want your back (weather) healthy, you must first understand how the back works physically.
Perhaps you have been doing exercises for years or are under treatment, and you have not actually made any progress so far. Well, you're the only one!

In practice, it appears that many treatment programs for the back have little or no results. That is not very encouraging to hear now. Even after years of therapy for your back, the complaints are still coming back. Will it never end?
Of course, you have to do something for a healthy back (bone) or if you want to keep your back healthy. That's just logical. Of course, it is often not the case. But it's about having to know what does not help.

To get started, it's useful if you first understand a bit how the back is in place. Below you will find out how the backbone is built up. Then you will discover why most exercises do not have any results (if you do your best).

Vertebrae and vertebral discs
Our backbone is made up of 25 vertebrae that stand on top of each other. Between the vertebrae are the intervertebral discs. Two vertebrae above each other, connected by an intervertebral disc, form a joint.
The intervertebral discs have three important functions:

  • they connect the vertebrae to each other
    they provide fork
  • they enable forwards and turns of the vertebral column

The vertebrae are connected not only by the intervertebral discs. There are also a variety of joint ties that run from vertebra to vertebra. The joints of the back are thus surrounded by joint straps.

Until recently, it was believed that those tires had to be super strong. And that the vertebrae, with the intervertebral discs and the tires around it, provided the strength and stability of the spine. I say until recently because new scientific research has emerged from the recent scientific research.

Two American students investigated how much the backbone actually can be before damage occurs. What turned out? 9 Kilo was already powerful enough to cause large damage to the spine. 9 Kilo!

If that's true, then the backbone is not as strong and stable as ever. Only the usual daily activities like sitting and walking exert stress on the backbone that exceeds 9 kilos. Lying, for example, exerts 25 kg of power; Stand 50 kg and sit 140 kg.

That means, therefore, that our back needs help throughout the day to make sure that we do not damage ourselves. That help should get your back from surrounding muscles.

The muscles of the back

For the proper functioning of our back we need two types of muscles: -

  • Muscles that help to move the spine
  • Stabilizing muscles, which control the movement of the spine

The muscles that help move are long, large and strong and span a lot of the back. They make sure we can stay up and we can bend forward.

The controlling, stabilizing muscles are small and large muscles that lie deeper in the back.The small muscles run from whirl to vertebra and also crisscross together. Each one is small but together they can do a lot of power. Compare it with a satire stick; 1 can still break, but a bundle of 50 is almost impossible.

For a well functioning back, these muscles, the intervertebral discs and the tires must all work well together.

Signaling from your back

From another scientific study, the Australian Backbone Stabilization Method, it appeared that the small, stabilizing muscles of the back had an extremely important retardation function to the brain about the position of the vertebrae.

It was also found that the intervertebral disc itself and the joint's ligaments are both filled with nerve endings that also transmit signals to the brain.

When bending forward, the stabilizing muscles indicate how far you bend. The intervertebral discs and the tires also do this. Once the tires reach the end of the rack, they give the signal to the brain that the moving muscles need to pull harder.

However, the small stabilizing muscles already indicated that the end has been achieved and that on the other hand, it has to be counteracted. The brains then determine that you can not bend further.

The control of all those moving muscles and muscles thus requires an incredible amount of correct and timely signals. And that's exactly what people sometimes miss.

For example, a seemingly simple movement - you want to bend over to get something - could have a painful effect. If there is no good signal to the little stability muscles, do not use these muscles as well.

Unintentionally, there is a force on the spine that is larger than the maximum 9 kg that can handle your back. As a consequence, you are going through your back. Thus it appears that damage to an intervertebral disc and the belts of the back also has a different effect: namely that the signal action is no longer working properly. As a consequence, the smaller muscles are no longer activated sufficiently.

Damage to the back, therefore, leads to a reduced signal effect of all parts of the back. And if your brains do not get good signals, they do not send a number of important muscles either.

That explains why people who suffer from their backs usually have recurring complaints. And that does not help most treatment programs (e.g. massage). For example, if someone had the backbone, but no images of the vertebrae or vertebral discs could be seen, the conclusion was that the complaints had to be caused by the surrounding muscles. And so it was thought to be able to solve the complaints with massage and exercise. But most exercises are not tailored to these deeper muscles, you already understand. If you want better results, you will need to do the right exercises to activate the right muscles.

Based on the above study, new ways of treatment have been developed for pain management and spine surgeons at spineandpainoc.com are doing that. In our book, you will find exercises that help you to activate these deeper muscles. And now you hopefully understand how it all fits, you motivate that to get started yourself. With the right exercises, understand!

Spine and Pain Institute:

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Author's Bio: 

Misty Jhones