Your Spine and Its Functions


Your spine is really at the center of everything when it comes to being a human. Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc would like to dedicate this blog to hashing out some of the main functions of our spine, because we figure knowledge is power, and it’s never too early or too late to start paying attention to what’s going on with our bodies.


The spine, first, provides strength and support for the body — the lumbar, for instance, has the task of carrying most of our body weight, allowing for movements of flexion (but not rotation). It’s the muscles, tendons, ligaments, etc that allow the body to move, bend, stretch, rotate, and lean.

Nerve Protection

Your spinal column gives your delicate nerves the protection they need — without which we could not function. There are certain nerve impulses that control major organ functionality, so your design and placement of your vertebrae acts as protection for this intricate network.

Major Organ Protection

Your spine is part and parcel of your skeleton, which allows for a base for your ribs to attach — surrounding and protecting your major organs. There are 12 ribs and 12 thoracic vertebrae and all human ribs attach to the spine while only the upper 7 pairs attach to the sternum. 

Impact Absorption

Your spine absorbs impact through its intervertebral discs (situated between your vertebrae) which keep the vertebrae from colliding into each other. Think of it as your body’s shock absorption system.

As you can see, your spine is a crucial part of your body and your nervous system. If you’re having back or spine problems, it’s a good idea to do something about it. Call Vital Energy Wellness & Chiropractic Center Inc today to schedule your consultation.

Dr. Homer Wall DC