While chiropractic is not involved with the chasing of symptoms per se, it is important to understand the neurological basis for many health complaints. Towards that end, we have compiled reference materials to assist in your understanding of how the nervous system controls and coordinates all function in the human body.
The fourth spinal vertebra under the skull is simply called the fourth cervical. There are 7 cervical vertebrae all together and we will consider them one at a time.
4C, according to our Neuro-Anatomy chart, is involved with providing the primary nerve supply from the control centers in the brain to the Thyroid, mucous membranes, lung, and mouth – While the direct neurological connection has not been established in the literature, it is commonly found to be an area that is subluxated (misaligned producing abnormal nerve system transmission of information) leading to such common health complaints as either Hypothyroid (reduced function) causing weight gain and feeling cold or Hyperthyroid (overactive) causing insomnia nervousness and weight loss.
4C subluxation can be caused by physical, chemical, emotional and/or environmental stress or a combination of these stressors beyond the body’s ability to cope. In addition to causing C4 subluxation, many of the following stressors may also be effects of this subluxation. Common stressors affecting this part of the spine and nervous system include anxiety, irritability, nervousness, insomnia, fatigue, irregular heartbeat, confusion, depression, and breathing difficulties.
Perhaps of greater importance than these local affects of subluxation of 4C, are the global affects of subluxation of this area which could affect the thyroid, heart, hearing, temperature regulation, overall energy level and mental state.
As you can see, the nervous system isn’t simply a this for that approach to health. Everything is inter-related and your chiropractor’s expertise is in determining the causes of BOTH health problems and health itself.