The vertebral column consists of 33 bones, 24 of which are articulating and 9 are fused. It is perfectly situated at the dorsal part of the body in order to provide support to the body during standing, moving or even stretching. It also houses the spinal cord. The spinal cord together with the brain, make up the central nervous system (CNS). The CNS is in charge of directing day-to-day activities of the whole body. As such, fatigue, damage or any problem in the spinal cord easily translates to backache, loss of sensation or paralysis, which consequently results to failure to go to work, or loss of function. Because of this, caring for the spinal cord is very important.
The spine aligner is a commercially available tool that stimulates and relaxes the spine and its surrounding tissues allowing for improvement in posture and alignment. The spine aligner also promotes overall wellness. Thus, it is essentially a 3-in-1 tool benefiting the central spine and the peripheral columns. The peripheral columns are where all the acupressure points of other internal organs are located.
The spine aligner can be used in any position. If you decide to use it while lying down, make sure you follow the following steps:
- Allot time for the activity. Spine aligning may be a boring activity. However, if you are suffering from poor posture or persistent low backache, this might be the right activity or exercise for you. Remember though that you will only be able to reap the benefits if you do this more often and more consistently. For starters, try to do this at least once a day, probably before going to sleep or in the morning before going to work. Lie down for an extra 10-20 minutes. You will notice the dramatic decrease in backache and improvement in posture.
- Pick a place. Since the activity requires lying down on a flat surface, choose a venue where it is physically possible to do this. The venue should have ample space for the mat or mattress, floor must be finished or at least not that rugged, area must of course be private, with only minimal to no noise and most importantly, must not be a busy place where housemates or family keep on passing by as you may accidentally trip them with your presence.
- Set the mood. Get all the materials ready, including a yoga mat or thin mattress. Anything is good as long as it is comfortable for the back. Turn on great relaxing music conducive to relaxation and exercise. You have the option of lighting scented candles or aromatherapy oils to further promote relaxation. Switch off the light for maximum relaxation.
- Position yourself and the spine aligner. Sit up with back straight, legs extended. Put the spine aligner near the sacro-coccygeal bone. Slide down slowly until you are lying down with back aligned with the spine aligner. Stay in this position for a good 10 to 30 minutes, depending on your preference. Do this at least once a day.