The shape of the lumbar & cervical vertebrae & angle of the articulating joints support movement in almost every plane.
- Most mobile
- Areas most prone to problems & injury
The curves of the spine help to absorb shock, support the head, align head over pelvis, stability of structure, flexibility.
Primary curve develops in utero, kyphotic
During vaginal delivery the first secondary curve appears, lordotic.
The cervical curve continues to develop, baby lifting the head
Lumbar curve develops (straightens) to bring weight over feet
Lumbar spine starts kyphotic 6-8 years
After 10 years the lumbar curve is fully adult.
The lumbar vertebrae support rib cage & chest.
Cervical vertebrae support the head
Our inward curves support us.