How A Rigid Spine Reflects A Rigid Life

You’ve probably never thought about it this way, it is true, nevertheless. In this article, we’ll explore why and you’ll have a better understanding of how it works. We will also dive into a little bit of anatomy, so hold on!

rigid spine

Sometimes, having a ‘rigid spine’, like that of this structure, is a good thing. When it comes to YOUR spine, it’s not.

If you happen to stumble upon this our site simply looking for a chiropractor in Gilbert, then this particular post may seem strange. However, take the time to pay attention to the message and you’ll agree with the end result.

So, how does a rigid spine reflect a rigid life?

I’m so glad you asked..

Let’s take a brief step back to go over a smidge of anatomy – it will make this post much more clear.


There are just a few structures to appreciate here. Namely, the spinal cord/spinal cord connective tissue, vertebrae and the spinal postural muscles. The vertebrae are stacked upon one another, space with discs. The spinal cord travels within the tube that the vertebrae create, anchored to the spinal bones themselves with special connective tissue. Finally, there are smaller muscles that surround the spine, giving it the ability to move and for postural support.

Now, these small postural muscles have nerve fiber communication with the sympathetic branch of our nervous system. This branch is often called the ‘fight or flight’ branch.When your body experiences stress, this system fires and those smaller muscles contract and become more tense.

This is a normal and welcomed response to real stress that your body is preparing for. It can  also be what your body does in response to ‘small’ events that were simply too much for you to handle. Maybe, your body was already storing so much tension that it couldn’t take on any more.

Because of this relationship between your anatomy and your response to stress, the events in your life will show up in your body. In other words, the stress you experience in life becomes ‘crystallized’ into your physiology.

Eventually, this WILL lead to some sort of symptoms beyond just the rigidity or muscle tension. You may start to notice symptoms, like headaches, fatigue, GI complaints, high blood pressure, anxiety and whole body syndromes, like fibromyalgia.

The more ‘rigid’ or inflexible your life seems to be for you, the more likely that you’ll find yourself ‘stiffening up’ to meet the demands of this life.

Free your spine and nerve system from this stress and tension and free up your life to a new possibility  of health and well being!

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