Chiropractic Care &
The Nervous System

The nervous system is highly responsive to chiropractic care because of the focus that chiropractic places on the spine. Because the spinal cord (which contains a large portion of the central nervous system) is the focus of chiropractic care, it has multiple functions in restoring and rejuvenating the nervous system. For example, chiropractic care:

  • Can improve cognition (thinking) and clarity
  • Can lower heart-rate and regulate respiration
  • Can improve digestive function
  • Can reduce or eliminate pain
  • Can increase flexibility and mobility in the extremities and spine
  • Can reduce or eliminate headaches and migraines
  • Can increase energy
  • Can improve quality of sleep
  • Can improve balance and coordination

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Chiropractic Spine Simulator


Nerve roots in the cervical vertebrae affect these parts of the body:

C1 - pituitary gland, scalp, brain, ears, eyes
C2 - head, eyes, tongue, ears, heart
C3 - face, neck, ears, shoulders, diaphragm
C4 - face, neck, chest, diaphragm
C5 - neck, vocal cords, shoulders, upper arms, diaphragm
C6 - shoulders, arms, tonsils
C7 - shoulders, arms, elbows, wrists, hands

Possible Symptoms & Conditions:

  • Headaches, Migraine Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Asthma
  • Allergies
  • Fatigue
  • Stiff Neck
  • Pain/Numbness/Tingling/Stiffness – fingers, hand, wrist, forearm, elbow, arm, shoulder, chest
  • Heart Conditions
  • High Blood Pressure
  • Nervousness


Nerve roots in the thoracic vertebrae affect these parts of the body:

T1 – head, neck, heart, thyroid, esophagus, trachea, hands, elbows
T2 – head, neck, heart, lungs, upper arms
T3 – head, neck, heart, lungs, chest, upper arms
T4 – head, neck, heart, lungs, gallbladder, upper arms
T5 – head, neck, heart, liver, esophagus, blood circulation, upper arms
T6 – esophagus, stomach, spleen, pancreas, duodenum, mid-back
T7 – stomach, spleen, pancreas, duodenum, liver, gallbladder, mid-back
T8 – stomach, spleen, pancreas, liver, gallbladder, adrenal glands, mid-back
T9 – stomach, spleen, pancreas, adrenal glands, gallbladder, reproductive organs, liver, small intestine
T10 – stomach, spleen, pancreas, small intestine, reproductive organs, appendix, large intestine, legs
T11 – kidneys, reproductive organs, legs, small intestine, large intestine, bladder, adrenal glands, ileocecal valve
T12 – kidneys, reproductive organs, legs, small intestine, large intestine, bladder, upper and lower back, ileocecal valve

Possible Symptoms & Conditions:

  • Mid-back Pain
  • Respiratory Problems – bronchitis, asthma, pneumonia, congestion, difficulty breathing
  • Gallbladder Conditions
  • Heart Conditions
  • Bladder Problems
  • Jaundice
  • Digestive Problems – ulcers, gastritis, stomach problems


Nerve roots in the lumbar vertebrae affect these parts of the body:

L1 – abdomen, reproductive organs, legs, feet, large intestine, bladder
L2 – reproductive organs, legs, feet, large intestine, bladder, appendix, abdomen
L3 – reproductive organs, bladder, prostate, large intestine, legs, feet
L4 – buttocks, legs, feet, prostate, muscles of the lower back
L5 – buttocks, legs, feet, toes, prostate

Possible Symptoms & Conditions:

  • Pain/Numbness/Tingling/Stiffness – ankle, calf, foot, knee, legs, lower back
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Gas pain
  • Irritable Bowel
  • Colitis
  • Bladder Problems
  • Menstrual Problems


Nerve roots in the sacral region affect these parts of the body:

Sacrum – buttocks, legs, feet, bladder, prostate, reproductive organs, anus

Possible Symptoms & Conditions:

  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Bladder Problems
  • Menstrual Problems
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Pain/Numbness/Tingling/Stiffness – buttocks, hip, legs


Nerve roots in the coccygeal region affect these parts of the body:

Coccyx – anus, rectum

Possible Symptoms & Conditions:

  • Rectal Problems