The cervical spine is made up of 7 vertebrae. The base of the skull rests on the C1 vertebrae, and it extends to C7 which is the prominent bone at the back of your lower neck.
This is because we use our arms all day everyday for a wide range of different activities from lifting to throwing, from driving to picking up our children, and over time unfortunately our shoulders do suffer from wear and tear.
Lower Back Injuries
Despite knowing this, we are all guilty of taking our lower back for granted – we continue to lift heavy objects awkwardly, and sit slouched in front of a computer for long periods of time.
Have your arches collapsed? Do you get tired achy feet after standing for a full day? Do your ankles feel weak? We can help with all of these complaints.
Our entire body weight is held up by the foot and ankle complex. We need all 52 of the bones in this complex to be supported and in alignment with the 5000 steps we take in a day, to prevent pain, instability or injury not just at the foot, but the knee and lower back also.
You would think injuries to this area wouldn’t be too much of a major, however with an elbow injury turning a door handle, starting a car, mowing the lawns, hammering in a nail, or playing golf, all become severely restricted, painful and sometimes impossible.
The elbow is a hinge joint connecting the humerus, or arm bone, to the forearm which is made up of the radius and ulna.
Your knees are both the most complicated and largest joints in your body. They are also very vulnerable due to the massive amount of weight they bear and the complexity of the surrounding ligaments, cartilage and muscles. When standing, our knees support 1 times our body weight, when running this increases to 4 times of jarring that the knee has to absorb.
Mid Back Injuries
The mid back, or thoracic spine, is the important connection between our neck and lower back. The thoracic spine is abused by us everyday by adopting the common slouched posture when we sit driving, watching tv, or behind the desk at work.
The thoracic spine is made up of 12 vertebrae labelled T1-T12. Just like at the neck and lower back, between each vertebrae is a disc which acts as a shock absorption cushion.
We often hear of hip replacements being a common requirement in older adults, but did you know Physio Mechanics can guide you to potentially prevent this from occurring later in life by making a few small changes? The hip is integral in any weight bearing activity from running to gardening, from sitting to playing sports. We need correct and balanced functioning to allow these activities to be possible.
The wrist is a complex area as in the space of a few centimeters, there are radius and ulna forearm bones, 2 rows of 4 carpal bones and then radiating into 5 metacarpal bones - that's 15 bones! Then think about the joints connecting them, the ligaments spanning across these joints, the cartilage pads between them, and the overlying tendons.