Osteopathy: kinetic function of the spine


The type and extent of movement developed by each vertebra are set by the orientation of the sliding surfaces of the posterior articular processes.

The natural movement of the column are: flexion, extension, rotation and bending. You can combine several together for example, rotation, bending and flexion.

When disks suffer damage and lose thickness, pressure forces and borne on the posterior articular processes. This is the beginning of arthritic pathologies.

The field of mobility is not symmetric for each sector of the column. Each has its own particularities.

- The cervical spine in extension allows 80th, 70th and flexion in a wide rotation.
- Thoracic spine extension permitted in 40th, 30th and flexion in low rotation.
- The lumbar spine in extension allows 45th, flexed 50th, 20th in latero-flexion and rotation 5o.

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