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Components of the Spine

Chiropractic adjustments inherently involve manipulating the spine. Making sure each of its parts work together correctly and in harmony is one of a chiropractor's main goals. Knowing the different components of the spine will help you understand what your chiropractor is doing when they adjust you, and how your adjustments can help improve your overall body function.

The spine is made up of many different parts, including vertebrae, nerves, discs, ligaments, muscles, and tendons.

  • Vertebrae are the bones that make up the spine. There are 24 vertebrae in the adult spine, divided into five regions: cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccyx.

  • Nerves are the long, thin fibers that carry messages from the brain to the rest of the body. There are 31 pairs of spinal nerves, which exit the spinal cord through the intervertebral foramina.

  • Discs are the soft, rubbery cushions that sit between the vertebrae. Discs help to absorb shock and protect the spinal cord.

  • Ligaments are the tough bands of tissue that hold the vertebrae together.

  • Muscles are the tissues that attach to the bones and allow for movement.

  • Tendons are the tough bands of tissue that attach the muscles to the bones.

The spine is a complex and important structure that supports the weight of the body and protects the spinal cord. It is also involved in movement, balance, and sensation. Our Dunwoody chiropractor can help you understand these components and how they should work together to keep you upright and pain-free. If you are struggling with aches and pains, the root cause could lie within the structures of your spine. Schedule your appointment with MCC today!



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