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Understanding the Role of Bones in Supporting Your Body

Dr. Scott is analyzing a motion xray

Our bones are the structural framework that supports our bodies and allows us to move and so much more. Maintaining strong and healthy bones is crucial for our overall well being especially as we age. As a chiropractor, I spend a lot of time looking at bones and bone health.

Bones have many jobs, but their most important job is protecting the brain and nervous system. If a bone is misaligned enough it can literally cut off the nerve supply, in cases of accidents and trauma our bones can paralyze our nervous system, paralyzing us. So their job of protecting our nervous system is the most important of all jobs.

Understanding the Role of Bones in Supporting Your Body:

bones give structure to our bodies

1. Structural Support: I think this is the most obvious.  Bones provide the structural framework that supports our bodies and allows us to stand, walk, and move. They give shape to our bodies and provide support for our muscles, organs, and tissues.

2. Protection of Organs: Bones act as a protective shield for our vital organs. For example, the skull protects the brain, the ribcage protects the heart and lungs, and the vertebral column shields the spinal cord. (most important )

3. Mobility and Movement: Bones, along with joints and muscles, enable us to have a wide range of motion and perform various movements. They act as levers, allowing muscles to pull and create movement.

4. Blood Cell Production: Bones play a crucial role in the production of blood cells. Red bone marrow, found within certain bones, is responsible for producing red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets, which are essential for oxygen transport, immune function, and blood clotting, respectively.

5. Mineral Storage: Bones act as a reservoir for minerals, primarily calcium and phosphorus. When the body needs these minerals for other functions, such as muscle contraction or maintaining proper pH levels, it can draw upon the stored minerals in the bones.

6. Metabolic Regulation: Bones play a role in regulating the body’s metabolism. They release hormones like osteocalcin, which helps regulate blood sugar levels and energy metabolism.

7. Longevity and Aging: Maintaining strong and healthy bones is crucial for preventing age-related conditions such as osteoporosis and fractures. By keeping our bones healthy, we can maintain mobility and independence as we age.

an older gentleman working out to keep his bones healthy

Bones are so important, they do a lot for us so take care of them. Make sure you are getting the proper nutrition and exercise to build healthy bones. Remember lifestyle choices are essential for maintaining optimal health and quality of life!

To read about how weight lifting can help your bones check out Dr. Emilie's blog from last week!

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