- Seven in your neck (cervical spine)
- Twelve in your mid-back (thoracic spine)
- Five in your lower back (lumbar spine)
Your spinal cord, made up of billions of nerves, lies inside your spinal column, protected on all sides by bone. Your spinal cord`s nerves branch out through openings between your vertebrae and connect to your internal organs, muscles, joints, ligaments, tendons, and other body parts. This connection is vital for your well being.
The vertebral subluxation complex, an often painless spinal distortion, can irritate or damage your spinal nerves, interfere with your brain-body connection, and affect your spine, discs, muscles, organs and overall health.
Doctors of Chiropractic specialize in the detection and correction of vertebral subluxation complex-restoring the lines of communication within your body and improving your overall body function, healing potential and well-being.
Some spinal nerves join together to form the sympathetic nerve “chain” which helps maintain the proper function of your internal organs. Other nerves form the parasympathetic nerve system. Both sets of nerves work in harmony to keep you properly relating to your environment. The origin of many of these nerves lies in the upper, mid and lower parts of your spinal cord.