Nerve Plexus
Published in the Time Standard
      In past articles I’ve referred to certain plexuses of the nervous system such as the brachial plexus or lumbar plexus. These plexuses are a network of intersecting nerves combining spinal nerves to serve the same area of the body. Some of the major plexuses are: cervical plexus-serving the head, neck and shoulders, brachial plexus-serving the chest, shoulders, arms and hands, lumbar plexus-serving the back, abdomen, groin, thighs, knees and calves, sacral plexus-serving the pelvis, buttocks, genitals, thighs, calves and feet, solar plexus-serving the internal organs and coccygeal plexus-serving the internal organs also.
      Since these plexuses are made up of spinal nerves, the location of muscle weakness, pain and/or numbness and tingling can be traced to its spinal origin. Lesions of one or more of the nerve roots cause typical pain patterns or neurologic defects. Tracing these patterns back to specific vertebral levels where the spinal nerves exit allows specific correction with the spinal adjustment. Patients are often amazed at the immediate response to pain relief or muscle strengthening after the adjustment. They’re like electric wires, I’ll tell them, you just need to know the circuitry. The light switch is on the wall, but the light is over there. Pain, weakness, or numbness and tingling are often in a location seemingly unrelated to the point of correction.
      While there are other plexuses in the body, these are some of the major ones that have smaller branches. All are related to your spinal nerves from the spinal cord that communicates with the brain.
      Keeping the flow of nerve energy through your spine and extremities means better health and function through Chiropractic “Naturally”.
Crosbie Chiropractic
Michael H. Crosbie, D.C.
1828 Main Street
Fortuna, CA 95540
(707) 725-5668