Did you know that the spine plays a major role in how our body operates? One might think it’s the brain, but the truth is that the spine encompasses the main thoroughfare for the nervous system and each point along the column controls a specific aspect of our body’s function.
Our spine is comprised of 33 vertebrae – 7 cervical, 12 thoracic, 5 lumbar, 5 sacrum, and 4 coccyx. Based on their location, each has a corresponding letter and number assigned to it. For example, C1 is the first vertebrae in the cervical section of the spine (also called the Axis), and is located just below the head. Each and every vertebrae has specific responsibilities in terms of organ function and structure of the human body. So, if we look at the lumbar section, say L5, we know that vertebrae is connected to the lower legs, ankles, and feet. Problems in this area manifest itself in the form of poor circulation in the legs, swollen ankles, cold feet, leg cramps, or weakness in the legs, ankles, or arches. What if we pick a vertebrae in the thoracic section like T6? T6 controls the stomach and if there is a problem with that particular vertebrae the following symptoms can manifest themselves – indigestion, heartburn, or dyspepsia. Every part of our body is intricately connected, so much so that we can literarily trace the problem back to the source, like a map. And that is incredibly good news for us!
Doctors of Chiropractic (D.C.) focus their care on the function of the spine. It is through this specialization that the Doctor is able to treat and correct those symptoms that appear, from swollen ankles to heartburn. Extensive knowledge of the neuromuscular system creates a holistic path to care, one that deviates from modern day medicine. This deviation stems from the lack of reliance on pharmaceuticals to address symptoms, but rather addresses the underlying cause. When there is a problem with the spine, or vertebrae. a symptom like heartburn surfaces. The problem can be the result of a pinched nerve, herniated disc or bulging disc in the spinal column. This interference prevents the nerve impulses, or messages, from getting to their desired destination causing the symptom to appear. If the root cause is not properly addressed the symptom will appear again and again and again.
This revolving door of problems can be resolved if properly addressed. Continue to seek solutions until you feel the results. Treat your body like a puzzle. You cannot force a piece into a place it does not belong, likewise you cannot see the entire picture of wellness until each piece is in it’s proper place.