Human SpineAccording to Traditional Chinese Medicine, the Du Vessel Governs all of the Yang meridians in the body, which is critical for our health and longevity, and the energy of the Du Vessel runs through our spine. You can see how important your spine is in terms of your physical health. “Du” in Chinese means the “govern”. The Du channel represents our ability to rule our lives, our transformation, survival, and grounding energy. The Governing vessel is also responsible for nourishing the five ancestral organs, which include the brain and spinal cord.

The spine is the second lifeline of the human body and occupies a vital position in the human body, if the spine encounters problems, it will have a great impact on our health. A large number of clinical studies have confirmed that more than 80% of chronic diseases are related to spinal dislocation and compression of the spinal nerves. But not many people have looked for the real causes of their chronic conditions – spinal dislocation. Our central nervous system includes the brain and spinal cord, and the peripheral nervous system consists of 12 pairs of cranial nerves and 31 pairs of spinal nerves. If the spine is misaligned, it not only compresses the roots of spinal nerves, which causes neck, shoulder, and back pain, and leg pain, but also causes visceral nerve conduction disorder and spinal-related diseases.

Here are 10 small habits that most of us are doing daily, which are damaging our spine and affecting our health. Are you aware of them?

How to do the housework

Long squats: picking vegetables, washing clothes, rubbing the ground, etc. Affected areas: lumbar spine, tibia joints, hip joints, and knee joints. 

driving positionsOblique span: shoulder backpack, etc. Affected areas: shoulder joints, cervical vertebrae, and thoracic vertebrae. 

How to sit at a computer

Curling: nesting on the sofa to play computer, reading, sleeping, etc. Affected areas: cervical vertebrae, and lumbar vertebrae. 

play cell phoneBending head: playing mobile phone or Ipad, read newspapers, etc. Affected areas: cervical vertebrae, and wrists. 

Reading posturesLying with face down: playing mobile phones, reading, napping, etc. Affected areas: cervical vertebrae, chest vertebrae, and shoulder joints.


Standing postures

Long-standing on one side: talking, waiting, etc. Affected areas: lumbar spine, hip joint, tibia joint, and knee joints. 

sitting postures-1Cross legs: meeting, eating, watching TV, etc. Affected areas: lumbar spine, tibia joint, and hip joints. 

shower postures

Bending neck: talking on the phone, side sleep, etc. Affected areas: cervical vertebrae, neck, and shoulder muscles. 

postures for lifting heavy objects-1

Straight leg bending: lifting weights, fastening shoelaces, picking up objects, etc. Affected areas: lumbar spine, posterior muscle groups, and knee joints. 

lying positions

Long lying: watching TV, playing cell phones, etc. Affected areas: cervical vertebrae, shoulder and neck muscles, and eyes.

Are you aware of these damages of spinal deformation?

  • Limited blood flow to the brain and lack of oxygen supply in the brain, which results in dizziness, fatigue, insomnia, and memory loss.
  • The chest does not expand sufficiently and the heart and lungs are stressed, which leads to heart disease and lung disease.
  • The blood supply to the abdominal cavity is reduced and the gastrointestinal peristalsis slows down, which causes loss of appetite, bloating, constipation, and other digestive related issues.
  • Hunchback, uneven lengths of shoulders and legs, and stunted growth affect a person’s body image and self-confidence.

Here are some common positions and postures that we are doing everything to damage our spine without awareness. Choosing the correct postures and positions will not only protect your spine but also improve your health and longevity.

Are you aware of these golden triangles in the body that can help resolve many health challenges?

How to prevent spine deformation?

There are many simple ways to prevent spine deformation, walking is a great way to keep your spine straight, it only takes 20 minutes a day to do the self-care for your spine. Yoga, Taichi, and massage are all great ways to protect your spine and keep its flexibility. Moving medicine is the best medicine for your spine. Long sitting in front of your desk is very detrimental to your spine, it can cause lots of health challenges down the road, such as headaches, shoulder and neck pain, back pain, etc. Practicing proper movements are essential ways to protect you from a spine injury.

What are your favorite tips to protect and strengthen your spine? Please share with us.


“To enjoy the glow of good health, you must exercise.” ~ Gene Tunney

If you are interested in more self-care tips from the ancient wisdom of TCM, please check the book from Lucy Liu “88 Most Important First-Aid Acupoints for Self-care from TCM”. This book includes 88 most important acupoints (acupressure points) from the ancient wisdom of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) for self-care. It is designed in a beautiful and colorful card fashion, which is very visual and user-friendly to the readers, it is also easy to memorize the information with precise visual aids. This book covers the most common health challenges, such as cold, fever, cough, sore throat, headache, indigestion, diarrhea/constipation, bloating, insomnia, night sweat, computer syndromes, shoulder pain, and back pain, etc. It can also be used to effectively manage chronic health conditions, such as high blood pressure, chronic pains, diabetes, asthma, heart disease, and weight management; and it can also be used for anti-aging purposes and enhancing longevity.

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About the author: Lucy Liu
Lucy Liu

As a Holistic Health Practitioner, Registered Dietitian, TCM Practitioner, Energy Healer, Master Hypnotist, Reiki Master, Advanced Theta Healing Practitioner, Author and Speaker, Lucy Liu, the founder of, has gained a good reputation in holistic health after many years of serving patients and clients as a holistic health practitioner. Lucy has developed a unique and comprehensive approach, which combines Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Energy Medicine, and Alternative Medicine together, to help others achieve optimal health by creating harmony between the body, mind, and spirit, and maintain long-term success for healthy lifestyle changes.
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