What is the purpose of keeping a neutral spine?
When we maintain our ideal posture via neutral spine, our body is properly aligned, therefore requiring less energy to remain that way. So beneficial is this optimal alignment that it applies minimal stress on body tissue, improves balance and stability, supports optimal breathing, and promotes healthy circulation.
Why is neutral alignment of the cervical spine considered important?
A cervical spine that is positioned and maintained in neutral alignment should preserve the space within the spinal canal that normally surrounds the spinal cord. Deviations from neutral alignment can decrease the diameter of the spinal canal and the space available for the spinal cord.
How do I make my spine neutral?
To achieve a neutral spine, stand with your back against a wall. While keeping your head, upper back, and tailbone against the wall, you should be able to fit your hand between the wall and your lower back. Don’t tuck or tilt your spine — find the space between these positions.
What does neutral spine feel like?
Your neutral spine is somewhere between the two extremes you move through in this exercise. It is neither tucked under nor overextended. In your neutral position, your lower belly should be flat – you can feel this with your hands – and there should be a curve in your lower spine.
How do you sit with a neutral spine?
To set the lower part of the spine (lumbar) in a neutral position, sit on your chair and put your hands on your hips. Now rotate your hips as far forward as you can. Then rotate the pelvis backwards as far as you can.
How do you maintain a neutral neck and spine?
Positioning your hips and knees at 90 degrees can help you keep a neutral sitting posture. This position is balanced between the extremes of lumbar movement. Remember to choose a properly designed chair to help support your lumbar spine. The neutral spine position is also important when getting up from a chair.