The Doctor of the Future is Here
7/11/08
Published in the Times Standard
 
 
    I have talked about individual spinal segments in the past and some of the pain patterns and functions affected.  What is the spinal or vertebral column as a whole and its function?
    The spinal column consists of 33 segments, 24 vertebrae, 5 sacral and 4 coccygeal segments. Of the 24 vertebrae, 7 make up the cervical spine, 12 the thoracic spine and 5 lumbar vertebrae.  The 5 sacral segments fuse by age 20 in most people.  The vertebrae are designed in such a way to surround and protect the spinal cord that it houses.  The vertebrae are stacked and shaped in such a fashion to provide an opening between 2 vertebrae for nerve, blood vessels, and lymphactic vessels to enter and exit.  This arrangement or stacking also has a forward curvature in the cervical spine and lumbar spine called lordosis and an opposite curve in the thoracic spine called kyphosis.  The slope (lordosis and kyphosis) and shapes of the vertebrae also provide proper support to the body and its axial load when upright.  Without proper curvature to much load is taken by one or two vertebrae causing injury or gradual degeneration.  Not only does the spinal column protect the cord, nerve roots and some internal organs, its boney processes provide attachments for ligaments, tendons, and muscles. Structural support is provided to the head, chest and shoulders. The spinal column also connects the upper and lower body.  The spine allows for flexibility and mobility as we bend, twist and move about.  The vertebrae in addition produce red blood cells and mineral storage.
    Thomas Edison once said “The doctor of the future will give no medicine but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, in diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.”  The powerful connections made through our spinal column are communication lines to our health.  Proper spinal alignment and body mechanics are necessary for optimum health.  Chiropractic helps restore and maintain this life giving energy flow “naturally”.
 
 
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668
www.crosbiechiropractic.com