The Spine Health - Part 1
Opening the Thoracic (Chest) region
The spine at thoracic region supports the rib cage, which is composed of bones (ribs), muscles and cartilage. The rib cage protects the lungs and the heart, which are next in importance to the brain. The lungs purify the blood, while the heart circulates it to the entire body, enriching the cells and tissues with oxygen and nutrients, and taking away waste products.
The spine is bent forward in thoracic region. If it is bent in extreme, the result is congestion of the thoracic nerves and crowding of the rib cage. This reduces the space in which the lungs can expand thus reducing the respiratory efficiency. Stooped shoulders and hunched back occur in asthma and chronic bronchitis. These deformations can be removed by the practice of Chakrasana (in the picture), Dhanurasana, Ushtrasana, Bhujangasana and Matsyasana. By regular practice, the efficiency of the respiratory system increases and the symptoms of respiratory disease diminish. These asanas improves confidence, strengthens the posture and helps in holding the spine erect while sitting and walking.
Reader suggestions are welcome. Preparing the text on lumber (abdominal) region for the next part of “The Spine Health” series.