The Verte-Breakdown: Your Cervical Spine Here at Chiro One, we know more than anyone the importance of a healthy spine, and if you’re sitting in one of our offices right now, chances are that you do, too! Your spinal cord is a huge player in how you feel and function as a whole; there’s a reason why it’s one of the few organs in your body encased in armor.

And this armor, the spine, is made up of 33 individual vertebrae that are divided into three sections—the cervical, thoracic and lumbar spines. This week, we shine a light on each, why they’re important and what role they play in overall function.

So without further ado, let’s start from the top, literally, with your cervical spine.

The Importance of Your Cervical Spine

Your cervical spine—the first seven vertebrae at the top of the spine—is located in the neck. It has the important job of supporting the head, enabling its flexibility and facilitating blood flow to the brain. It houses and protects the top section of the spinal cord, playing a crucial role in the function of your central nervous system.

When Your Cervical Spine is Misaligned

The positioning of your vertebrae can be affected by stressors both big and small, like physical traumas from accidents to small repetitions like posture. These factors have the power to knock vertebrae out of alignment, a condition known as a subluxation. Subluxated vertebrae put pressure on the spinal nerves, effectively muting communication from the brain to other organs in the body, leaving them vulnerable.

Take a look at each vertebra and how it connects with different organs and areas in the body. And most importantly, identify any possible symptoms that could arise from a subluxation in that vertebra!

Neck Region

Cervical Spine

Vertebrae Parts of the Body Possible Symptoms
C1 Blood supply to the head, pituitary gland, scalp, bones of the face, brain, inner and middle ear, sympathetic nervous system Headaches, nervousness, insomnia, head colds, high blood pressure, migraines, anxiety, amnesia, chronic tiredness and dizziness
C2 Eyes, optic nerves, auditory nerves, sinuses, mastoid bones, tongue and forehead Sinus trouble, allergies, pain around the eyes, earaches and fainting spells
C3 Cheeks, outer ear, face bones, teeth and trifacial nerve Neuralgia, neuritis, acne and eczema
C4 Nose, lips, mouth and Eustachian tube Hay fever, runny nose and hearing loss
C5 Vocal cords, neck glands and pharynx Laryngitis, hoarseness and throat conditions
C6 Neck muscles, shoulders, tonsils Stiff neck, upper arm pain, tonsillitis, chronic cough and croup
C7 Thyroid gland, bursae in the shoulders, elbows Bursitis, colds and thyroid conditions

Stay tuned! Tomorrow, we’ll be taking a look at the thoracic spine.