An adult human spine typically consists of 26 moveable segments: seven cervical vertebras, twelve thoracic vertebras, five lumbar vertebras, one sacrum, and one coccyx (tailbone). Intervertebral d ...View Article
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Posted on 11-08-2013
I love this. Thank you. The older I get, the more I realize how many options for exercise there are every age and fitness level. The other day, I saw an image of a gym and the caption read: "I never regret when I go. I always regret when I don't."
Thank you for the article on fitness. I work out regularly but really do not like stretching (unless it is yoga). I do like the foam roller though. Can you say a few things about using it in place of stretching?
Npugs: Thank you for your comment! We advise both stretching and using a foam roller, because they do two different things for your muscles and connective tissues. Foam rolling breaks apart the fascia in the muscle, allowing the muscle and connective tissue to "release," which is similar to Rolfing and imparts similar benefits. Stretching actually lengthens the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to give you greater range of motion. Both are important! Thanks for writing, -Dr. B