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The spinal cord, a thick bundle of nerve fibers that transmit impulses from the brain, passes through a hollow area in the middle of the vertebra.  These impulses keep your organs and immune system functioning properly, tell your muscles to contract when you move, and control breathing and other bodily functions.  Nerves branch out from the spinal cord and travel to the various parts of the body.

The spine consists of 33 bones or vertebrae, 24 of which are separate bones allowing movement and 9 which are fused together.  The five sections of the spine or vertebral column are the cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacrum which includes the coccyx.

Your spine isn’t perfectly straight but forms an “S” shape.  This shape keeps your weight evenly distributed, enhances flexibility, and reduces pressure on your back.

Pain in your spine can occur for many reasons, including problems with discs, arthritis, subluxations, tight muscles, strains or sprains, pinched nerves, and scoliosis.

How can your chiropractor help with spinal health?  A Chiropractic adjustment is a procedure in which chiropractors use their hands or a small instrument to apply a controlled, sudden force to a spinal joint.  The goal of this procedure, also know as spinal manipulation, is to improve spinal motion and to improve your body’s physical function.  When the spinal column is in its proper alignment, the entire body is in balance, and the central nervous system is able to facilitate communication between the body and the brain at an efficient rate.

Schedule your appointment with Dr. Jeffrey Klein, Klein Chiropractic Center, West Chester PA, who can help with all of your chiropractic needs.