spinal cord

spinal cordThe backbone is a series of individually aligned bones known as our vertebrae.  The spinal cord is housed in two-thirds of these vertebrae, and the peripheral nerves extend out from the spinal cord and all vertebrae, and extend to their prospective targets.  When a vertebra bone becomes misaligned, it can pinch one of the peripheral nerves responsible for specific functions.


The cervical vertebrae form the neck.  There are seven cervical vertebrae and eight cervical nerves.  The seven vertebrae in the neck and the eight cervical nerves extend beyond the neck region to service parts of the head, brain, face, throat, neck, shoulder, and arms.

C1- If you are experiencing dizziness, headaches, including migraines, poor circulation in the brain, or high blood pressure, it may be due to misalignment of the C1 vertebra, pinching off the 1st and 2nd  cervical nerves.

C2- If you are experiencing eye problems, ear pains, or deafness, as well as sinus issues, this may be due to misalignment of the C2.  The second nerve services the eyes, including the optic nerves, the ears, including the auditory nerves, the mastoid bones, sinuses, and the forehead, tongue, and heart.

C3- If you feel pain in your facial nerves, have neuralgia, tinnitus, bleeding gums, bad teeth, and plaque, your third cervical nerve may be compressed.

C4- If you are experiencing hearing loss, are constantly cold, constantly have chapped lips, or adenoid issues, this may be due to a pinched 4th cervical nerve.  This nerve services the eustachian tube of the ears, nose, lips, mouth, mucus membranes, and a portion of the respiratory system.

C5- This nerve services glands in your neck as well as your pharynx and vocal cords.  If you are experiencing a sore throat, hoarseness, chronic cold, or laryngitis, it may be related to your 5th cervical nerve.

C6- This nerve affects the tonsils, muscles to the neck, the lungs, and arms.  If you are experiencing tonsillitis, a goiter, croup, a stiff neck, or pain in your upper arms, a compromised 6th cervical nerve may be a contributor.

C7-This nerve services the thyroid, shoulder, and arms.  If you have thyroid disease, depression, easily get colds, or bursitis in the shoulder or elbow regions, these conditions may be related to a compromised 7th cervical nerve.

C8- This is the last peripheral nerve extending from the cervical neck vertebrae.  Cervical nerve 8 services the same regions as Cervical nerve 7, the thyroid gland, shoulder bursa and the elbow.  If compromised, you may experience many of the same symptoms as a compromised cervical nerve 7.

At wellness Life Zone, Foot Zone Academy, we have acupressure points for all the vertebrae and peripheral nerves in the body, including the cervical vertebrae and cervical nerves.

If you are experiencing issues as listed above, you many want to try foot zone therapy.  Foot zoning acupressure points such as the cervical vertebrae and cervical nerves stimulate the original blueprint of the body to make structural adjustments to the body, allowing the natural flow of the nervous system and relieve these symptoms.

To find a qualified Foot Zone Practitioner, visit our directory at wellnesslifezone.com.