In a previous issue, I called the thoracic spine the unsung hero when it comes to your health. Most problems that people associate with the spine are due to pain in the cervical or lumbar areas. (The upper and lower part of the back) The symptoms are usually neck, shoulder, and lower back pain. But the all-important thoracic is hardly thought of when it comes to issues with fingers, hands, elbows and the heart or lungs. For that, people will bypass getting a chiropractic adjustment for a medical diagnosis only which can often come back as possible arthritis symptoms, overuse of the arms or even the potential beginnings of heart or lung disease.
Why is T1, T2, and T3 from a chiropractic adjustment standpoint so important to these diagnostics?
Because first and foremost the body works, operates, and keeps itself in a health state through the spine and nervous system. It is why we are alive. When your vertebrae are subluxed (or misaligned), they can prevent your health operating system from performing at its best.
Reiterating this point is crucial due to your health’s dependence on the well-being of your spine and nervous system. When those two fundamental elements are in alignment, addressing your symptoms becomes more accurate and effective, as it allows you to eliminate the subluxation factor which can also be at the root of it all.
T1, T2, and T3 vertebrae. What they operate and how symptoms may show up:
T1: The first vertebra of the thoracic spine, T1, innervates the arms, elbows, hands, and fingers allowing you to do things like grip or swing a golf club, pour tea, and pick up your cup to drink from it. You get the idea. If out of alignment, symptoms can show up as joint pain, muscle aches, poor grip, and numbness. Symptoms can start out minor and then become major over time. This, along with other factors, may cause or exacerbate other problems and deeper issues that make it harder to get back into a health state quickly.
T2: This vertebra innervates the heart, arteries, and chest region. When misaligned, symptoms may show up as upper back or shoulder problems, tightness, or in some cases, chest pains. It is important for the electricity that runs through your body to get to your heart and arteries so that it can function and do its job. Your heart beats approximately 150,000 times a day without you having to do anything. For most of your life you don’t even know it’s happening. I bet you didn’t even realise that electricity is running through your body at all times to the tune of approximately 100 watts of output at rest and 300-400 watts of output during sports activities. Your health can take a beating and keep on ticking but what if you could give it the best chance to stay in a state of health for as long as possible? How much stress mentally, emotionally, physically, and financially would that alleviate? (Hint: A LOT.) This is why it is vital to keep T2 in alignment.
T3: T3 innervates your lungs and bronchial tubes so that your respiratory system can make sure you are able to breathe deeply and oxygen can be delivered to your brain and your cells. Common symptoms like breathing issues, dizziness, asthma, COPD or other lung issues can be prevalent if T3 is misaligned. While you associate the lungs with breathing to get air, the function of the oxygen that you breathe into your body is also vital to your health. For example, if the oxygen is not delivered to your cells, things like breaking down your food may be compromised. The daily operations going on in your body are so vast which is why it is essential to keep your spine and nervous system in check. At each visit, I am interpreting your symptoms by way of your spine and looking for other signs that help me get to the root of your pain, discomfort, and overall dis-ease. In essence, the problem may not be in the location of the symptom.
Misalignments of the T1, T2, and T3 vertebrae can result in not being able to golf well into your 80’s and 90’s or not being able to pour from your teapot or even keep a steady hand while drinking your cup of tea.
Health is more than just “not being sick”. Health is a commitment that, if made a priority every single day, can pay your life dividends for a long time to come. I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to “feel my age” as the years get on. I’d much rather live my life feeling happy and healthy.
If you have any questions about your T1, T2, and T3 or anything else related to your health, please reach out anytime and I’ll see you at your next visit!
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