Three body systems – the skeletal system, the soft tissue system and the nervous system – work together to support your body and allow you to move
Your Nervous System
Your central nervous system is made up of your brain, spinal cord and nerves. Nerves connect your spinal cord to your muscles, joints and skin. Messages travel to and from your brain and muscles in split seconds.
Your Soft Tissue System
The parts of your soft tissue system – muscles, ligaments and tendons – work together to stabilize bones and joints and control all or your movements.
* Ligaments connect bones. They keep joints in place and allow movement.
* Tendons attach your muscles to you bones.
* Muscles contract (shorten) to move your bones.
What These Tissues Do
Without your soft tissues, your skeletal system couldn’t support your body. The deep muscles and ligaments of your back stabilize your spine, help hold your posture and maintain your three natural curves. Your abdominal and back muscles are especially important in supporting your back. Your abdominal muscles act like the stays on a sailboat that help the mast upright. In your legs, the thigh and hamstring muscles help balance your torso when you’re standing or sitting.
Strong Muscles = Healthy Back
Strong flexible muscles keep your back in good working order. That’s why exercise is so important to your back’s health. Daily exercise, good posture and good bio-mechanics are the secrets to staying free of back strains and sprains.