Most of us can remember being told as children to “sit up straight”. Our grandmothers may have told us that good posture was important, but they never really gave us a reason. Today, we know that Grandma was right and understand why.
The spinal column not only provides our bodies with support and mobility, it houses the spinal cord, part of the Central Nervous System (CNS). The CNS is comprised of the brain and spinal cord and is such an important part of our bodies, it is the only organ system that is complete encased in bone. The CNS is the command center of almost every aspect and function of our bodies.
Messages from the brain are relayed to and from the rest of the body through the spinal cord. At each level of the spinal column, a pair of spinal nerves branch off and move out to every organ of the body. When the spinal nerve roots exit the spine, they begin what is called the Peripheral Nervous System (PNS). If the CNS is the Command Center and Information Super Highway, the PNS are all of the smaller highways and country roads that connect us to every specific location.