Spine health and restMr.sc. Nadica Škreb-Rakijašić, dr.med.spec. physical medicine and rehabilitation
The importance of rest for spine health
In this text, we want to draw your attention to the importance of the health of our spine during rest and emphasize that we should give it the optimal opportunity to stay in good shape at all times. We all know that we are largely responsible for our own health.
Then why don’t we pay as much attention to our body as we do to our education, career, appearance, and material goods? We have one body that we cannot replace as we can replace e.g. a car when it no longer serves us. Taking care of our body is a skill we definitely need to master. We need to know how to listen to our own body, hear and understand in time its message. The health of our body depends on the health of each of its cells. To healthy every cell, tissue and organ needs a healthy environment rich in energy and water that give life, and rest regeneration. In youth, most people are given good foundations, later in life it depends on us what kind of health we will have in old age.
Our spine is the central organ of the musculoskeletal system. She is involved in almost every movement. It supports the upper torso and head, and stabilizes the pelvis, which means that it maintains an upright body position. It should also be emphasized that it protects the delicate structures of the spinal cord.
A modern lifestyle with too little exercise, increased incidence of obesity, and excessive strain on the spine during daily work increases the incidence of degenerative changes in the spine.
Occurrence of back pain
Every day we meet around us (on the street, in the tram, cafe, office) people using their cell phones and computers in very awkward and unnatural positions that affect the changes of the spine and increasingly complain of pain? The occurrence of back pain is one of the most common diseases today. If we look statistically, we will see that this is the case in approximately 50% of the middle-aged population and 80% of the elderly population.
In younger people, the causes of pain are most often excessive loads on the spine, which can lead to acute hernia of the i. V. Disc, while degenerative changes are the most common cause of pain in the spine in the elderly population. Some authors state that 90% of men over the age of 50 and 90% of women over the age of 60 have radiological signs of degenerative changes. Advances in the research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of spinal disorders contribute significantly to increasing quality of life.
In order to achieve and maintain psychophysical health, the whole body must be in balance. Health is also a matter of energy emanating from the spine and spreading throughout the body, and managing each individual cell. That is why it is important to pay attention to the health of the spine, afford it quality rest and regeneration.
This text is a free translation of the original text into English. The original text was written and published in Croatian.