When it comes to spinal strengthening, one of the most important things to understand is that your spine is the anchor for your arms and legs. For example the muscles of your shoulder pull on your scapula when they contract. Your scapula in turn contracts muscles that attach to your spine so that it can stabilize the shoulder movement that is taking place. In your legs, your hamstrings and quadriceps muscle groups attach to your pelvis which is part of your axial skeleton/spinal column.

Your spine consists of multiple muscle groups. Some of these muscles are very large and help move whole sections of your spine. Other muscle groups in your spine are smaller and control or stabilize smaller sections of your spine.

One of the most important distinctions in these muscle groups is that only the larger muscles are under voluntary control. In other words, you can contract those muscles by thinking about it. Just like flexing your bicep muscle in your arm. The smaller muscles however, are not under voluntary control. This is similar to your heart.

This is a good and a bad thing. Luckily we don't have to think about contracting our heart muscle and keeping it in rhythm. We also don't have to think about stabilizing our spine since these muscles automatically do it on their own. The bad thing about this is that it can be difficult to exercise these muscles. Unlike voluntary muscles, involuntary muscles cannot be contracted by thinking about it. Instead we have to engage in certain exercises or movements to exercise these muscles.

Literature has found that the spinal stabilizing muscles are directly controlled by a neurologic tract that goes from your brainstem down your spinal cord and out to these spinal stabilizing muscles. This tract is called the vestibulospinal tract. The vestibular nuclei in your brainstem gets input from your eyes, ears, joints and muscles to tell it where you are and how you are moving. It then sends signals to contract the small stabilizing muscles in your spine so that you can stand up and not fall over. Or so that you can lift a heavy object.

The best way to strengthen these small spinal stabilizing muscles is to incorporate balance and movement into your exercises. In fact, an entire machine was built to do this better than any other. Introducing the Spine Force. During use of Spine Force technology you will have movement in multiple directions while you're contracting your muscles in your arms and legs. This is all performed in a very safe and effective way. The exercises allow us to control how much your joints move. So if there is a joint that has been operated on and is still painful, we can exercise without moving the joint and slowly increase movement as you progress. This is great after shoulder surgeries, spine surgeries, knee, surgeries and hip surgeries.

There is no time like the present to call us now to experience the future of spinal strengthening and rehabilitation.