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Chiropractor Explains The Cervical Spine

You would be surprised to know how many things are going on in your neck. It can be a little confusing, so we created this page to try and make it easier to understand.

The upper part of the spine that connects your head to your body runs though your neck. It's called the "Cervical Spine". It has 7 bones that are identified by: C1 - C7. Your head rests above these bones.

There are also muscles that help hold the bones in place, ligaments, and tendons (that get stiff), and there are lots, and lots of nerves and blood vessels running in and out of the whole thing. Then there's a spinal cord that allows information to be sent from the brain to every part of the body. If you have a sore neck, or a headache, chances are something out of place in your cervical spine. Usually an adjustment can correct this kind of misalignment. Talk to one of our chiropractors if you are experiencing stiffness in the neck, or the inability to turn your head a certain way.

Reno Chiropractor Explains the Cervical Spine

To recap, your head, or skull is sitting on top of a couple of bones. These bones allow the head to rotate as it does side to side and backwards and forwards. You should be able to turn your head from side to side, up and down, and to be able to tilt your head to the left and right as well. If you experience any pain when you try to do that, contact us for an adjustment. Cervical Spine

The uppermost portion of the cervical spine is called the (Atlas) or C1. It was named after the ancient god that holds the weight of the world on his shoulders. In reality, the Atlas, or C1 holds the weight of "your world" by supporting the weight of your head, which is between 10 & 13 pounds. There are some great videos about the atlas region of the cervical spine at this Wikipedia location.

The Atlas (C1) and the "Axis" or (C2) create a joint that connects your head to your spine. These two bones (C1 & C2) are the ones that allow all that nodding and movement of your head, and they also built specially to allow your spinal cord to travel directly down the center.

The cervical spine is different from the rest of your spine because there are openings in the bone for your arteries to pass through them. These arteries bring blood to the brain through the cervical spine.

The Axis (C2) is actually connected to the Atlas (C1). The "fusion" in the cervical spine allows your head its wide range of motion.

The 3rd cervical bone (vertebrae) is called (you guessed it) the C3. This portion of your cervical spine has two parts. One called a Vertebral Arch, and the other called Centrum (like the vitamin). The arch in the C-3 protects your spinal cord, the centrum makes it strong sturdy. All of the rest of the cervical bones named (C4 - C7) are built the same way as the (C3) with a vertebral arch and a centrum. The only difference in them is that they get larger as you descend down from the head.

How do you know if you have an injury to your cervical spine? Usually you will feel immediate pain when you try to move your neck. If you have been in an auto accident, you may have injured your cervical spine somewhere between C1 - C7. If that is the case you may be experiencing a tingling sensation throughout your body or you may be unable to move your arms, hands, your torso, or even your legs. You may also have problems with breathing, or have the inability to speak. If you or your loved one is experiencing any of these symptoms, contact one of our Doctors of Chiropractic at Integrated Spinal Solutions in Reno, Nevada for an emergency appointment in Caughlin Ranch: 775.828.9665  or  in South Reno: 775.829.8686

This Reno chiropractic clinic uses Cervical Spinal Decompression which has helped many patients avoid surgery for degenerative disc disease, cervical stenosis, and other cervical injuries.


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