Cervical Spine Nerves
posted: May 14, 2013.
Chiropractic Treatment of the Cervical Spine
Neck (cervical spine) pain is a common issue among many people. The cervical spine consists of seven vertebrae that start from the base of your head to the upper area of your shoulders. If the cervical spine is not aligned properly, it could cause many different unwanted symptoms other than just pain. Listed below are the vertebrae in the cervical spine and some organs and conditions that each segment may affect.
C1- One of the most important vertebrae in the body to be aligned properly. This vertebrae alone can cause major conditions that can range from sinus issues and congestion to increased blood pressure and severe migraine headaches. Other conditions are ear infections, and anything involving blood supply to the head.
C2- This vertebrae is also very important, and with it misaligned many people get conditions with sinus infections, hearing issues, and relates to the optic nerve for vision. Also very common issues with C1 and C2 vertebrae is balance and the vestibular system which misalignment can cause vertigo and dizziness.
C3- Commonly affects the trigeminal nerve which can cause trigeminal neuralgia. This is a facial pain that can be along three distributions involving the forehead, cheek, and jaw areas of the face.
C4- Affects mostly the diaphragm. This is important in breathing issues such as asthma and other forms of COPD. There have been cases where chiropractic has also helped the hiccups due to diaphragm spasm.
C5- Has sensory and motor nerves that affect the upper arm such as the muscles of the deltoid as well as the biceps muscle. It also affects the vocal cords and glands in the jaw.
C6- Controls the muscles of the wrist and forearm that can cause false cases of carpal tunnel syndrome. It also is a major contributor to thoracic outlet syndrome causing numbness and tingling in the arms, hands, and fingers.
C7- The lowest cervical vertebrae, and also the controller of the triceps muscle in the back of the arm. This is also involved with cases that deal with numbness and tingling of the hands and fingers. Pain from this nerve being pinched can refer to the shoulder blade in the back as well as the back of the arm causing pins and needles sensation as well as a burning pain in the arm and back.
Overall, joint dysfunction and subluxation (misalignment) of the cervical spine may cause a great variety of conditions, and many that may not seem directly related.
Fortunately, there is a simple and natural way to help with these issues. Chiropractic cervical spine adjustments are a very effective way to treat and even prevent these symptoms and conditions. Call Dr. Dustin or Dr. Rachel today, you Chiropractors in Bozeman, MT.