North City Chiropractic Health Clinic located in Shoreline, WA
Eliminate pain, Improve Function, Promote Well Being for the Whole Family1624 NE 179th St, Shoreline, WA  ⁄ 206-362-3508
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Your Spine

The Backbone of Whole Body Health
Your spinal column is your lifeline. It provides the structural foundation for the master control system of your entire body: the central, peripheral and autonomic divisions of your nervous system.

Basic Functions
The spine has three basic functions. The first is support. The second is to protect your spinal cord. The third is movement. Your spine is composed of 24 movable vertebrae (joints) and nine fixed vertebrae that form an S-curve. These vertebrae are wider and sturdier at the middle and lower back to support your center of gravity. They narrow at the neck where less weight is carried. These vertebral bones, along with muscles and tissues that connect and stabilize them, provide the framework that keeps you upright. The spinal cord is an extension of your brain that runs through a canal in the center of the spine. Within this cord are millions of bundles of nerves that branch out of the foramina (holes between the vertebrae), sending and receiving information that controls and coordinates the organs, systems, functions and cells of your entire body. Our nervous system is one of the most amazing two-way communication systems in the universe. In addition to carrying nerve impulses, these pathways transmit information in the form of hormones and chemicals. To protect this incredible message system, nature has packaged it in a casing of bone.
Diagram showing cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacrum and cocyx regions

When The Spine Is Misaligned
If any of the bones that protect the spinal cord happen to slip or twist out of line, the size or shape of the opening where the nerve trunk comes through can change. This is a condition known as vertebral subluxation. It's easy to see how it can result in pressure, obstruction or irritation to the nerve and related tissues and structures.
Chronic muscular contraction and tension can also alter the normal nerve supply. When this happens, the organs, glands, and tissues that depend upon the nerve supply may be adversely affected. Impaired nerve force often causes pain, loss of function and even disease.

Clearing The Way To Health With Chiropractic
The science and art of chiropractic care is based on the importance of maintaining an unhampered flow of life-renewing energy and information from the brain through the nerves of the spinal column and out into every cell of the body. The chiropractor's special ability is to recognize and correct structural or muscular interference with this intricate pathway and the integrity of the nervous system.

Diagram showing sacrum and cocyx regions

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Edmonds, Mountlake Terrace, North City, Kenmore, Bothell, Kirkland, Brier, Lynwood, Richmond Beach,
Richmond Highlands, Mill Creek, including zip codes: 98155, 98177 and 98133.
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