The Cervical Spine

Photo os the cervical vertebrae – The Wellness Center of NY

Welcome back! This is week 2 of our Get to Know Your Spine series.

Today we’re going to talk about the first part of your spine beginning just below the base of the skull called the cervical spine.

The first vertebra of the cervical spine is called atlas, or C1. Along with the second vertebra, axis (C2) it forms the joint connecting the skull to the spine. The cervical vertebrae are composed of cylindrical bones (vertebral bodies) that lie in front of the spinal cord, and work with the muscles, joints, ligaments and tendons to provide support, structure and stabilization to the neck.

The role of the cervical vertebrae is to provide strength and structure to the cervical spine which in turn supports the head. It allows the head to rotate (turn right and left), flex (moving the head forward) and extend (move the head backward). Most importantly, the bones of the cervical spine protect the cervical nerves responsible for relaying signals to and from the brain.

Nerves Protected by the Cervical Spine

Here we breakdown each vertebrae and the nerves they protect. We also explain what conditions can occur if these bones are mialigned or subluxated.

C1: Blood supply, brain, pituitary gland, scalp, bones of the face, inner and middle ear.
Subluxations can cause: migraine headaches, nervousness, insomnia, head colds, high blood pressure, chronic fatigue and dizziness.

C2: Eyes, ears, sinuses, muscles of the face and jaw, tongue, and forehead.
Subluxations can cause: sinus trouble, allergies, deafness, eye troubles, earache, fainting spells, and even certain cases of blindness.

C3: Cheeks, outer ear, teeth, trifacial nerve, and bones of the face.
Subluxations can cause: neuralgia, neuritis, and certain skin disorders such as acne or eczema.

C4: Nose, lips, mouth, eustachian tube, and mucous membranes.
Subluxations can cause: hay fever, rose fever, hearing loss, adenoid infections, and post nasal drip.

C5: Vocal cords, neck glands, and pharynx.
Subluxations can cause: laryngitis, hoarseness, and sore throat.

C6: Neck muscles, tonsils, and shoulders.
Subluxations can cause: stiff neck, pain in upper arm, tonsillitis, whooping cough, or croup.

C7: Thyroid gland, bursas of the shoulders and the elbows.
Subluxations can cause: bursitis, colds, thyroid conditions, goiter, tennis elbow, and tendinitis.

Do you or someone you know experience these issues? Set an appointment with our Care Team today!

Next week: We give you the scoop on the Thoracic Spine.

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Only the most common conditions have been listed here. The type of complication will depend on the type of nerve interference (sensory, motor or trophic), the degree of nerve injury and the length of time nerve disturbance is present.

The vertebral subluxation complex is the underlying cause of many health problems. When this condition is corrected, the body functions more normally and initiates the natural healing process. Detection and correction of vertebral subluxations is vital to your health and well-being.

Dr. Craig Fishel Chiropractor

Practicing for 15 years.

Donna Jaume Care Coordinator

20 years of experience.

Freddy Alva Acupuncturist

11 years of experience.

Keith Chan Physical Therapist

10 years of experience.

Jason Loizides, MD Physiatrist

7 years of experience.

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New York, NY 10022


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