Your Spine & Nervous System Brochure

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Demonstrate the link between the spinal column and nervous system function.

This one-of-a-kind brochure unfolds to reveal a life-size human spine.

The lateral view illustrates the four spinal curves and proper disc spacing. The text identifies 32 key elements of a textbook normal spine.

The posterior view shows the major neurological connections at each segmental level. The simple premise of chiropractic comes alive–all without a word from you.

It’s a versatile patient brochure:

     Report Handout. Circle the areas of spinal malfunction on the posterior view.

     Screening Tool. On the posterior view, show a scoliosis and forward head carriage.

     Lecture Giveaway. Use it to explain anatomy and nervous system function.

     School Presentations. Demonstrate the supremacy of the nervous system.

     Reactivation Prompt. Circle areas you used to adjust with your reactivation letter.

Show patients the importance of proper spinal curves and nervous system function. Alert them to the whole-body effects of subluxation.

As chiropractic brochures go, it’s a game changer.

Read the text on the lateral side below.

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Your Spine & Nervous System
An Engineering miracle that plays a major role in your health and well-being.

The CERVICAL SPINE of your neck consists of seven interlocking bones. The BRAIN STEM becomes the SPINAL CORD which is the "information superhighway" of your nervous system. It keeps your brain in control of the workings of every organ, tissue and cell of your body. The forward curve of the neck is known as a normal LORDOSIS. This curve permits proper RANGE OF MOTION so you can look over your shoulder or gaze upward.

Trauma, such as WHIPLASH injuries, can compromise spinal curves. This can cause some spinal joints to become FIXATED and not move enough. Other joints become HYPERMOBILE, moving too much. These changes can affect the nervous system.

Pairs of NERVE ROOTS branch off the spinal cord from between each spinal bone through openings called the INTERVERTEBRAL FORAMINA. When spinal bones lose their proper motion or position they change the shape of these openings. The result? Nerves can become irritated, chafed or pinched. These SUBLUXATIONS alter the way your nervous system sends and receives nerve impulses. This can interfere with your brain's ability to accurately monitor and control your body. Ill health can result.

In the middle back, the 12 moving bones of the THORACIC spine should have a backward curve. These vertebrae have a slightly different shape to accept the curved bones that form the rib cage. Like other spinal bones, each has a protrusion on the back side called a SPINOUS PROCESS. These make the little bumps that you can feel up and down your spine.

TRANSVERSE PROCESSES project from both sides of each vertebral body to which powerful muscles attach. They also help form the interlocking fingers that connect with the vertebra directly above. Many of the pain-sensing nerves of the spine are located in these FACET JOINTS. A special kind of tissue called a DISC is located between each vertebral body. These spinal 'shock absorbers" connect and help provide proper bone spacing so nerve roots can exit the spinal cord. Healthy discs have a jellylike material known as the NUCLEUS PULPOSUS contained within a fibrous ring called the ANULUS. While a disc can't "slip," injury can cause a disc to BULGE, HERNIATE or RUPTURE. This can put pressure on nearby nerves, changing the way they convey impulses to or from your brain.

The LUMBAR spine consists of five vertebrae in the lower back. Like the neck, it should have a natural forward curve. Problems can produce COMPENSATION REACTIONS in upper areas of the spine.

Like tributaries of a river, nerves exiting the spine in this area form the SCIATIC NERVES which run down the back of each leg. Neglecting structural or functional problems can cause SPINAL DECAY. Poor BIOMECHANICS and the effects of gravity can cause BONE SPURS. This compromises the shape, function and identity of affected joints.

The 24 moving bones of the spinal column rest on the SACRUM, a triangular bone situated between both hips. Originally five bones at birth, they fuse together and connect to both hips at the SACROILIAC joints.

SPONDYLOLISTHESIS results when a lumbar vertebra slips forward over the sacrum.

Four rudimentary vertebrae, which have fused together, form the COCCYX or tailbone. The coccyx usually moves in concert with the sacrum above.

A healthy spine allows you to be and do your best by protecting the vital nervous system link between your brain and your body. Find out how chiropractic care can help you get well and stay well.

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