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  • Writer's pictureDr Claire Chittleborough

Understanding the Cascade: Effects of Spinal Misalignments on the Body


Welcome to an exploration of the intricate relationship between spinal restrictions and their profound effects on the human body. Come on a journey along the spine with us all the way from the cervical to the coccyx. If any of the symptoms sound too familiar contact Dr Claire by calling 0413 774 399. But in the meantime, let’s follow the cervical road…

Cervical Spine (Neck):

The cervical spine, consisting of seven vertebrae, plays a pivotal role in supporting the head's weight and facilitating crucial neck movements. Spinal restrictions, known in the

chiropractic world as subluxations, may lead to headaches, neck pain, and restricted range of motion. Additionally, cervical spinal restrictions can affect the nervous system, potentially

contributing to issues such as migraines, dizziness, and even ear problems.


Thoracic Spine (Upper Back):

Moving down to the thoracic spine, comprising twelve vertebrae, these spinal restrictions may impact posture and respiratory function. Subluxations in this region can cause upper back pain, compromised lung capacity, and contribute to conditions like thoracic outlet syndrome. The interconnectedness of the thoracic spine with the ribs underscores its influence on respiratory mechanics.


Lumbar Spine (Lower Back):

The lumbar spine, consisting of five large vertebrae, bears the brunt of body weight and is prone to stiffening up due to poor ergonomics or lifting techniques. Subluxations in the lumbar region often manifest as lower back pain, muscle spasms, and sciatic nerve compression. Lumbar spinal restrictions can also affect posture and contribute to imbalances in the pelvic region.


Sacrum and Coccyx:

Moving further down, the sacrum and coccyx form the base of the spine. Dysfunction in the sacrum may impact the pelvic structure and affect the nearby hip joints. Coccyx misalignments, although less common, can lead to discomfort and pain while sitting. These lower spinal regions are integral to overall stability, and subluxations may contribute to gait abnormalities and pelvic floor dysfunction.


Effects on Nervous System (All the Way Down the Spine):

Spinal restrictions can have profound effects on the nervous system, which functions as the body's communication network. Subluxations may impinge on nerves, disrupting the flow of information between the brain and various organs. This interference can lead to a range of symptoms, from pain and numbness to organ dysfunction.


Chiropractic Intervention:

Chiropractic care is a holistic approach to addressing spinal restrictions aiming to restore proper alignment and optimise nervous system function. Chiropractors use precise adjustments to correct subluxations, applying gentle force to specific vertebrae to encourage proper function. By restoring function of the spine, chiropractors seek to alleviate pain, improve mobility, and enhance overall well-being.


Preventive Measures:

Beyond addressing existing spinal restrictions, chiropractors emphasise preventive measures to maintain spinal health. This includes ergonomic education, posture correction, and tailored exercise regimens. Regular chiropractic check-ups can help detect and address minor problems before they progress into more significant issues.



It’s always good to understand the effects of spinal restrictions. From the cervical to the coccyx, every vertebra plays a unique role in maintaining overall well-being. If you're experiencing discomfort or seeking preventive care, Dr Claire is ready to provide expert guidance. Call 0413 774 399 to schedule an appointment and embark on a journey towards a healthier spine. By the way, we’re on social media. Follow on Facebook for ongoing insights into spinal health and holistic wellness. Your spine, the pillar of your body, deserves the information.

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