The Verte-Breakdown: Your Thoracic Spine A healthy spine means a healthy you! That’s why this week, we’re focusing on the three regions of the spine—really going into detail about why each section is important and what parts of the body they protect and maintain! Yesterday, we took a look at the cervical spine, but today, it’s all about the thoracic.

Your thoracic spine is the longest region of your spine, made of twelve different vertebrae that span from just below the base of the neck (cervical) to the stomach region (lumbar). This section of the spine plays a crucial role in overall function of the body, not only protecting a large portion of the spinal cord but also anchoring down the ribs so they can protect the heart and lungs.

When Your Thoracic Spine is Misaligned

It takes very little to push one of your spinal vertebrae out of alignment, whether it’s a physical accident, toxins in the body or a reaction to stress. And we’ve all been hurt or stressed, right? It’s part of life! That, however, means that you’re vulnerable to a misalignment, known as a subluxation. While a healthy vertebra with no misalignments protects the spinal cord, a subluxated vertebra can put pressure on the spinal nerves, disrupting the messages that are supposed to flow from the brain to other organs in the body. This, in turn, can affect the function of various areas of the body—some you may not even expect!

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!

Mid-Back

Thoracic Spine

Vertebrae Parts of the Body Possible Symptoms
T1 Arms from the elbows down, including hands, wrists and fingers, esophagus and trachea Asthma, cough, difficultly breathing, shortness of breath and pain in the lower arms or hands
T2 Heart, including its valves, covering and coronary arteries Functional heart conditions and chest conditions
T3 Lungs, bronchial tubes, pleura, chest and breast Bronchitis, pleurisy, pneumonia, congestion and influenza
T4 Gallbladder and common duct Gallbladder conditions, jaundice and shingles
T5 Liver, solar plexus and general circulation Liver conditions, fevers, blood pressure problems, poor circulation and arthritis
T6 Stomach Stomach troubles, including nervous stomach, indigestion, heartburn and dyspepsia
T7 Pancreas and duodenum Ulcers and gastritis
T8 Spleen Lowered resistance
T9 Adrenal and suprarenal glands Allergies and hives
T10 Kidneys Kidney troubles, hardening of the arteries, chronic tiredness, nephritis and pyelitis
T11 Kidneys, ureters Skin conditions such as acne, eczema and boils
T12 Small intestines and lymph circulation Rheumatism, gas pains and certain types of sterility

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