More than just the physical pillar of support for your body, your spine also plays a significant role in the overall health of your body. Understanding how spine health can affect a variety of systems first requires a basic understanding of spinal anatomy; learn more about its vital role so you can better work to support its health.
The Spine: More than a Support Structure
While it's certainly true that your spine is your body's primary support, it also houses the spinal cord. This collection of nerve fibers and tissues is responsible for relaying signals from the brain to various systems throughout the body, and vice versa. Subluxations and misalignments can interfere with the signals being sent throughout the spinal cord, potentially causing a host of problems in other areas of the body.
Each of the twenty-four vertebrae in your spine is stacked on top of one another, connected by a joint and cushioned by a disk, all of which creates a hollow column to protect the nerves and spinal cord from direct trauma and stressors, so it can properly transmit information. Over the course of a single day, this information will ensure your heart beats roughly 103,680 times, your lungs take about 23,040 breaths and blood will flow properly through almost 62,000 miles of blood vessels. When there are subluxations present in a specific area, they can have relatively predictable effects depending upon the region.
Cervical Spine (C1-C7 vertebrae):
- High blood pressure
- Fainting spells
- Hearing loss
- Neck pain and stiffness
- Upper arm pain