Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health
Part 1: The Cervical Spine (Neck)
This is the first of three articles dealing with the 3 major areas of the spine, and promoting awareness of the major role chiropractic care can play in your everyday health and wellness. The three main areas of the spine are the cervical (neck), thoracic (mid to upper back), and lumbar / sacral spine (lower back).
Part 1: The Cervical Spine (Neck)
In Part 1 of Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health, you will learn how the nerves in your neck (cervical spine) interact with various functions, organs, and muscles in your body. The cervical spine, or neck, consists of the first 7 vertebrae labeled C1 through C7. The nerves running through the cervical spine supply the head, neck and shoulder areas. Science has been able to directly correlate various nerves and their function to individual vertebrae in the spine.(1)
The nerves running through the upper half of your neck supply your brain, intracranial blood vessels, eyes, lacrimal gland, parotid gland, pituitary gland, scalp, sinuses, neck and facial muscles, hearing, and more.
The lower half of your neck supplies your neck and shoulder muscles, elbows, arms, wrists, hands, esophagus, tonsils, thyroid gland, and even some facets of your heart, lungs, and chest.
As you can see, the neck controls the nerve supply to numerous and important parts of the body. If there are subluxations, or misalignments, in your neck (cervical spine) they can cause many problems if left uncorrected. Chiropractors are able to make adjustments to subluxations (misalignments) in the neck to help patients deal with problems. Many symptoms our patients have are linked directly to subluxations in the cervical spine.
Here is a list of some of the symptoms people may be encountering if their cervical spine has subluxations.
- Acne or Pimples
- Arm Pain
- Chronic Cough
- Chronic Tiredness
- Hand and Finger Numbness or Tingling
- Hay Fever
- Head Colds
- Hearing Problems
- Heart Conditions
- High Blood Pressure
- Migraine Headaches
- Persistent Hoarseness
- Runny Nose
- Sinus Problems
- Sore Throat
- Stiff Neck
- Thyroid Conditions
- Vision Problems
As you can see, there are a numerous problems you could be facing if there are subluxations to your cervical spine. As chiropractors, we will seek to find the root cause of your problem(s) and correct it, not cover up the problem with medication.
Health Tip: Chiropractic care is just as much about maintaining good health as it is about correcting problems. Want to have fewer colds? Then have your chiropractor make sure your cervical spine — particularly your C1 and C7 vertebrae — is properly adjusted and functioning optimally to enable your body to fight off colds better.
You should talk with one of our doctors at Kempsville Chiropractic if you are dealing with any of these problems. Call us at 757.467.5258 to arrange an appointment with Kempsville Chiropractic. We will consult with you on your cervical spine issues and help find a solution that works for you. If any of your friends and family can benefit from this article, please recommend this article to them.
- Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health: Part 2: The Thoracic Spine (Mid to Upper Back)
- Understanding Chiropractic Care and Your Health: Part 3: The Lumbar & Sacral Spine (Lower Back)
Babies and the Cervical Spine
During the all the excitement surrounding the birth of a baby, people often forget the trauma of the delivery and the force used to pull the baby out of the womb can often damage a newborn’s neck. If left undetected it can lead to many newborn and toddler health issues. Remember, a baby cannot tell you it has neck pain.
How often have you heard of babies and toddlers that have to get tubes in their ears, or even wear corrective lens because of an eye problem? Many of these cases can be traced directly to neck injuries that occurred during birth.
At Kempsville Chiropractic, we highly recommend that part of a newborn’s healthcare involve a chiropractic checkup. Please talk with our doctors about their personal experiences with their own children and chiropractic care. They will be glad to talk to you.
(1) Fix, J. D., Ph.D., Neuroanatomy, 3rd Edition
Kandel, E. R., Schwartz, J. H., Jessell, T. M., Principles of Neural Science
Hoppenfeld, S., M.D., Physical Examination of the Spine and Extremities
Netter, F. H., M.D., The Ciba Collection of Medical Illustrations, Vol 1, Nervous System, Part 1, Anatomy and Physiology
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