The spine, also known as cerebral column, consists of vertebrae stacked one upon another. It can be divided into four regions – cervical, thoracic, lumbar and sacral. The servical spine consists of 7 vertebrae and is responsible for supporting the weight of the head. It has the greatest range of motion due to two special vertebrae that move with the skull.
Cervical vertebrae are the smallest. The first is called the atlas and is bigger than the others. It has a ring-like shape with two large lumps on the sides. The second vertebrae is called the axis, and has a bony peg-like lump called the dens. The curve of the neck is known as a lordosis curve and it has a reverse-C shape.
The thoracic spine is responsible for protecting the chest organs, mainly the heart and lungs. It consists of 12 thoracic vertebrae with a rib attached to every one of them from the sides, forming a thoracic cage that protects the chest organs. It has a C curve and is less mobile than the cervical or lumbar spine.
The lumbar spine has five vertebral bodies which are the largest compared to the other vertebrae.
In order to adjust your spine after an injury, you should perform the simple exercise which you can see in the video above.
Source : www.naturalhealingmagazine.com