How Do the Nerves of Your Lower Neck Relate with Body Organs

You may think of physical pain as the only effect of interference on your spinal nerves. The truth is, there are many ways that your body can express dysfunction as the nerves are interfered with. Just as an example, we’re going to cover what may happen when there are subluxations (spinal interference) in the lower cervical spine region.

You may notice neck pain, but this will often be simply the first symptoms to arise. Similarly, upper back pain, shoulder tightness and tension are often the first symptoms to arise when there are subluxations and spinal interference in your lower neck area.

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Here is an artistic representation of the connections among nerves.

If this subluxation is allowed to remain uncorrected, then further dysfunction will be expressed in a variety of ways. The next thing you may be aware of is tingling and numbness in your arm, hands or fingers. When your hands begin to fall asleep, we call this paresthesia and this is a sure sign that your nerves are not functioning at 100%. Sometimes, these symptoms can be mistakenly diagnosed as carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS).


Along with these symptoms, you may also be aware of your hands feeling tight or swollen, making it harder to put wrings on and off.  Feeling your hands and fingers being colder can be another sign that there is a problem with your nerves. Raynaud’s is a disorder where the hands and fingers are colder and sometimes painful. This may or may not be related to the condition you are experiencing.

Finally, if you do not address this issue with your spinal nerves, you may begin to notice weakness and difficulty doing overhead activities like doing your hair, putting on your shirt, lifting your kids and putting things away in your cabinets or up in the garage. You may also experience hand or finger weakness and find that you’re dropping things more frequently Have you noticed any of these things?  This is not normal!

Now, besides the fact that some or all of these symptoms are all being expressed, these same nerves are also the ones that control your vocal cords and thyroid, among other tissues and glands. Some of the symptoms of these organs being affected include having to clear your throat much more often and problems with voice pitch (if you are a singer you may notice this more).

When the thyroid is affected by these nerves, you may experience changes in energy levels, mood, have weight loss or gain, anxiety and racing of your heart. There are also blood test changes in cholesterol and thyroid hormone levels that will show up. If you’ve noticed any of these symptoms, you’re heading down the wrong path.

How Can Chiropractic Help?

This is really the ultimate question and, as a chiropractor in Gilbert, one I hear often. You can see how a variety of symptoms, like muscle spasms, weakness and altered sensation can be the result of spinal subluxations affecting the nerves that control the muscles and skeletal system.

Then, we discussed how these same nerves also regulate organ function, like the vocal cords and thyroid gland. In other articles, we discuss how the gastrointestinal (GI) system and other bodily organs can be affected in the same manner.

How chiropractic care can help you is by removing the interference to the function of your nervous system so that your body can function at its best. Now is the time to change the course that you’re on. You can reverse many of the changes that have taken place by having your spine properly evaluated, then having your subluxations corrected. Spinal degeneration is a reversible process if it is corrected in time. Looking forward to helping you soon!

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