Your spine consists of 24 vertebrae, plus your sacrum and coccyx.
The first of your 7 cervical (neck) vertebrae (C1), called the “atlas” is directly under you skull. Your second (C2), the “axis”, permits head turning and tilting. Cervical vertebrae C3 through C7 continue through your neck.
Your 12 thoracic (mid-back) vertebrae (T1 through T12) all connect to your ribs in the back, and all but two (T11 and T12, which “float”) join your sternum (breastbone) in front.
Your 5 lumbar (lower back) vertebrae are the biggest, thickest and most massive vertebrae. These support the weight of your entire spine, which is why so many spinal problems are in the lower back (lumbar) area.
Your sacrum is made up of five fused vertebrae. Your sacrum and your hips on either side make up your pelvis. Your coccyx, four fused vertebrae, is what’s left of your tailbone.
Your spinal column has 4 functions:
To house and support your spinal cord & spinal nerves
To support your hips & shoulders
To serve as an attachment to your muscles
To support your head & ribs
All our internal organs are connected to our brain via the nerves that emit from our spine.
Our nervous system is the center of your thoughts, memory, learning and consciousness. Your muscles, blood vessels and glands as well as your internal organs and systems need a healthy nervous system to function properly.
~Bone out of place
~Irritates the nerve
~Causes a problem