Your Spinal Column

Your spinal column or ‘backbone’ is made up of 24 vertebrae: seven in your neck (cervical spine), 12 in your midback (thoracic spine) and 5 in your lower back (lumbar spine). Your spinal cord, made up of billions of nerves, lies inside your spinal column, protected on all sides by bone. Your spinal nerves branch out through openings between your vertebrae and connect to your internal organs, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons and other body parts. This connection is vital for your well-being.

The vertebral subluxation complex, an often painless spinal distortion, can irritate or damage your spinal nerves, interfere with your brain-body connection and affect your spine, nerves, discs, muscles, organs and overall health. Doctors of chiropractic specialize in the detection and correction of the vertebral subluxation complex – restoring the lines of communication within your body and improving your overall body function, healing potential and well-being.

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C1: To blood supply to the head, pituitary gland, scalp, bones of the face, brain inner and middle ear, sympathetic nervous system, eyes, ears

C2: To eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves, sinuses, mastoid bones, tongue, forehead, heart
C3: To cheeks, outer ear, face, bones, teeth, trifacial nerve, lungs
C4: To nose, lips, mouth, Eustachian tube, mucus membranes, lungs
C5: To vocal cords, neck glands, pharynx
C6: To neck muscles, shoulders, tonsils
C7: Tothyroid gland, bursa in the shoulders, elbows
T1: To arms from the elbows down, including hands, arms, wrists and fingers; esophagus and trachea, heart
T2: To heart, including its valves and covering coronary arteries; lungs bronchial tubes
T3: To lungs, bronchial tubes, pleura, chest, breast, heart
T4: To gallbladder, common duct, heart, lungs, bronchial tubes
T5: To liver, solar plexus, circulation (general), heart, esophagus, stomach
T6: To stomach, esophagus, peritoneum, liver, duodenum
T7: To kidneys, appendix, testes, ovaries, uterus, adrenal cortex, spleen, pancreas, large intestine
T8: To spleen, stomach, liver, pancreas, gallbladder, adrenal cortex, small intestine, pyloric valve
T9: To adrenal cortex, pancreas, spleen, gallbladder, ovaries, uterus, small intestine
T10: To kidneys, appendix, testes, ovaries, uterus, adrenal cortex, spleen, pancreas, large intestine
T11: To kidneys, ureters, large intestine, urinary bladder, adrenal medulla, adrenal cortex, uterus, ovaries, ileocecal valve
T12: To small intestine, lymph circulation, large intestine, urinary bladder, uterus, kdneys, ileocecal valve
L1: To large intesine, inguinal rings, uterus
L2: To appendix, abdomen, upper leg, urinary bladder
L3: To sex organs, uterus, bladder, knee, prostate, large intestine
L4: To prostate gland, muscles of the lower back, sciatic nerve
L5: To lower legs, ankles, feet, prostate
Sacrum: To hip bones, buttocks, rectum, sex organs, genitalia, urinary bladder, ureter, prostate
Sacral Plexus: Forms the sciatic as well as other nerves that go to muscles, joints and other structures of the legs, knees, ankles, feet and toes
Coccyx: To rectum, anus