Yoga Nourishes Intervertebral Disks…

Like joint cartilage, the cartilage that makes up the spinal disks lacks an independent blood supply and requires movement to deliver nutrients from nearby blood vessels. A well-balanced asana practice that includes backbends, forward bends, and twists, as well as a gentle elongation of the spine, helps prevent the drying out and degeneration of these disks, helping them do their job as shock absorbers between the vertebrae. Cushioning the vertebrae protects the nerves exiting the spinal column from compression and impingement. (source: Timothy McCall, M.D.)

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