By Anne Asher, About.com Guide
Updated May 25, 2005
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The Spine Supports the Whole Body
The spine is a large bony column most people refer to as their backbone. While it is true one can touch their spine by touching their back, the spine actually takes up about half of the volume of the torso, from front to back. This may give you an idea of the amount of support the spinal column is capable of giving to the body.
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