The neck makes it possible for the brain and body to cooperate as symbiotic entities. Through the spinal cord, which exits the brain stem and makes its way down the body, the brain sends signals that influence movement, muscle and organ mechanics. The neck also contains a pivot point located between the first and second cervical vertebrae that allows you to move your head from side to side, up and down.
In the cervical region, eight nerves diverge from the spinal cord to form the cervical plexus, a complex network that allows for communication between the brain and the multitude of muscles of the head and neck. Exiting between the C3 and C5 vertebrae are the nerves that combine to make up the phrenic nerve, a crucial connection that allows the brain to influence breathing. Also meandering through the neck is the vagus nerve, which allows the brain to communicate with the heart and intestines.
Nerves in the mid-neck are responsible for communicating with the thyroid gland, meaning that they have a direct effect on the immune system. In the lower cervical region, nerves control the mechanics of the shoulders, arms and hands.
Neck pain, therefore, is something that should never be ignored. Pressure on these nerves means that nerve impulses from the brain are being delayed, or altogether broken. When left untreated, they grow over time in intensity. At American Canyon Chiropractor, we want to identify and correct any abnormality before it becomes a life-defining condition. Relieving pressure from these nerves influences a wide variety of healthful
Call our office in American Canyon at (707) 864-2223 to schedule an appointment today and find out how we specialize in protecting your neck.
Dr. Stephen Rasmussen, D.C.