What many people do not know is that if you look at the spine from the side, you were born with one ‘C’ shaped curve in your spine, the mid-back curve which curves backwards. The curve in the neck starts to shape forward – opposite the mid back curve – as a baby begins to raise the head and turn it around. Now you have 2 curves! The curve in the low back starts to form itself secondary to motion, effects of gravity, the weight of the body on the spine and also because the body is innately built to form the curve as the baby begins to scoot, kick and crawl.Do you want to learn more? -see here
Why do curves matter? Why do curves matter?
It is the need for these spinal curves to be properly developed that causes chiropractors and other spine specialist doctors to caution parents about attempting to get their baby to sit up or stand up too vigorously or too fast before he or she starts to show signs of beginning these new behaviors on their own. It can easily lead to irregular (too much or too little) development of the natural spinal curves by forcing a baby to sit in a supportive chair or stand in a bouncer until they can sustain this position on their own. Each of the curves in your spine serves an important role by helping your body to maintain balance while standing upright and sitting, move in several directions, and act as a wide ‘S’ shaped spring overall so that the spine can spread the pressure and stress imposed on it more evenly by the movements you do and even while you are still sitting, the pull gravity has on it.
The function of the spine decreases if the curves of the spine are decreased or accentuated to an abnormal extent. I see several instances of irregular curves as a local chiropractor, contributing to anything from local back and neck pain to headaches and even decreased range of motion.