The Spine - Your Communication Highway!

Our spine is a series of vertebrae extending from the skull to the small of the back, enclosing the spinal cord and providing support for the thorax and abdomen; the backbone. That is the simple definition but it’s what is within that enclosed spinal cord that makes the spine an amazing communication highway!

Along with the brain, the spinal cord makes up the central nervous system. The spinal cord acts as a communication highway between the brain and the rest of the body sending out messages (nerve impulses) to tell the body what to do. Each vertebra’s spinal nerve root has a direct relationship to specific organs, glands and systems.

Here are just a few:

Our C-1 (Cervical) vertebrae is directly related to our brain, the blood supply to the head, the pituitary gland and inner ear. If there is a road block/subluxation in that location, you could experience headaches, migraines, nervousness, insomnia, dizziness, chronic tiredness, head colds or high blood pressure.

The C2 vertebrae is connected to our mastoid bone, ears, eyes, sinuses, optic nerve, forehead and tongue. A road block/subluxation here could result in sinus problems, allergies, deafness, eye problems, earaches or feeling faint.

The TH-1 (Thoracic) can affect the hands, wrists, fingers, esophagus and trachea which can cause problems such as shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, asthma, coughing or lower arms and hand pain.

Your L-1 (Lumbar) vertebrae is directly related to the large intestine. When this vertebra has a road block/subluxation you may experience constipation, diarrhea, colitis or hernia.

There are 26 of these vertebrae (nerve roots) that must be in alignment for optimal body function. A healthy spine means healthy functioning organs, glands and systems. Chiropractors are trained to remove those roadblocks/subluxations and clear that communication highway so the messages (nerve impulses) can get through and do their job. Seeing a Chiropractor on a regular basis should be a part of every wellness plan.

Could your symptoms be the result of garbled messages and lack of communication due to a road block/subluxation?

If you would like to see a chart of the spine and all the vertebrae/organ relationships, send an email to with SPINE in the subject line!

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