The spine is so incredibly important for our posture, alignment, nervous health, and more… but how often do we really think about taking care of it? Dr. Ty Carzoli is a doctor of chiropractic and has conducted research at Florida State in cardiovascular and muscle physiology. He specializes in a really cool form of upper cervical work called orthospinology, which we’ll talk about today.
In this episode, Dr. Ty breaks down spinal science and the way the spine affects pretty much all of the body in a way we can all understand. I absolutely love the mission he’s on to help empower people to take control of their health through education!
Episode Highlights With Ty Carzoli
- An overview of the spine and how it works… bone by bone
- The importance of the C1 and C2 axis of the spine
- The part of the spine that is most vulnerable to injury or displacement, and how to protect it
- Common everyday movements in modern life undermine our spinal health
- How the nervous system and the spinal cord intertwine (literally)
- Why where you’re hurting isn’t always the source of the pain
- How the soft tissues surrounding the spine become stressed
- Lifestyle factors that accelerate aging (and what to do instead)
- Why daily movement and good spinal health may be the best thing you can do to ensure a healthy brain in old age
- The most ideal types of exercise for the spine and how much exercise you need to keep it healthy
- The role of proprioceptors in the body (fellow science geeks… enjoy!)
- Answers to the questions you always wanted to ask your chiropractor (but didn’t)
- Hope for migraine and post-concussive sufferers
- What evolutionary biology has to do with it all
- And more!
Resources We Mention
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