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In our final installments of our blog series dedicated to the 5 sections of the spine we go over the rest of the spine, which includes your lumbar, sacrum, and the coccyx which refers to the lower back -- the place where the spine curves inward. It starts about 5 or 6 inches below your shoulder blades, connecting with your thoracic spine at the top, then extending downward to the sacral spine.

The lumbar spine contains 5 or 6 vertebrae (L1 through L5 or L6), while the sacral spine (located in the pelvis) contains 5 fused vertebrae (S1 through S5). Lastly, you have your coccyx (tailbone), which contains 4 fused vertebrae located at the very end of the spinal column (Co1 through Co4). All of these structures are weight-bearing and are integral to your body's functionality during key activities like walking, standing and sitting.

If you're having trouble with your spine or your back -- any section -- Barton Chiropractic Clinic offers a variety of hollistic, drug-free treatments that will get you back to active in no time. We have a long track record of helping patients recover from injury and chronic back pain.

Contact us today to schedule your consultation. We'll custom tailor a specialized treatment plan that works for you.

Your spine is made up of 5 sections, and today we are covering the Thoracic Spine, which is the second region of the spine. 

The thoracic spine curves inward (kyphotic), which helps your body distribute mechanical stress during movement, helping you move about safely. This part of your spine is located in the chest area, containing 12 vertebrae in total. Your ribs connect to the thoracic spine, which results in vital organ protection.

Thoracic Spine Functionality

Out of the 5 sections of your spine, the thoracic spine is capable of the least amount of movement. It's still tremendously important for movement -- for activities like dance especially.

Extension and flexion are possible but limited. The thoracic spine also handles both lateral movements and twisting movements. 

Taking Care of Your Thoracic Spine

You can increase your strength and work on flexibility by doing yoga. There are specific poses that have you lie on your stomach and press your upper body up from the floor. Press and hold for 60 seconds if you can. Try to repeat a few times for good measure!

Take Care of Your Spine with Barton Chiropractic Clinic!

The best way to take care of all 5 sections of your spine is to practice good posture, stay active, engage in targeted stretching regularly, and having a relationship with your neighborhood chiropractic care specialist. Barton Chiropractic Clinic has an amazing track record of getting people back to active. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.

Got an achy-breaky back? Trust us, you're not alone. At Barton Chiropractic Clinic we're no strangers to helping patients get out of a pinch. Patients might be in need of a chiropractic adjustment, heat therapy, ice therapy, or a number of additional services we provide to help keep our patients active.

But we also believe in supplying our diverse client base with at home remedies they can utilize to get rid of unwanted back pain.

Read on for a few easy tips and tricks to get out of a jam when it comes to back pain.

Follow These Steps to Rid Yourself of Back Pain

First, hold your head up high, sitting with your legs slightly apart and knees slightly below hip-level. Turn your legs out just a touch and then rest your weight on your legs/feet while relaxing your abdomen. Then, tilt your pelvis forward while raising your breastbone up. Keep your palms up during the process and turn your arms slightly outward. Now hold the position while you take 10 seconds of deep belly breaths.

Sound a little confusing? That's okay! Just Google Bruegger's Posture, because that's what it's called?

What to Do About Persistent Back Pain

If you have back pain that persists in the face of doing the Bruegger's Posture, then maybe it's time to see an experienced chiropractor with a good track record of getting patients back to active. That's Barton Chiropractic Clinic. Call today to schedule your consultation.

In this 3-part series, Barton Chiropractic Clinic goes over the 5 areas of your spine. Today we start with your Cervical Spine, which consists of the first seven vertebrae at the very top of the spine. In short, it's the neck area.

The Job of the Cervical Spine

Your cervical spine has the vital job of supporting your head. Your cervical spine also enables flexibility and movement while facilitating blood flow to your brain. Your cervical spine houses and protects the top section of your spinal chord.

Cervical Spine Misalignment

Physical traumas and more minor stressors can have an impact on your cervical spine. Having bad posture is another way to get your cervical spine misaligned. Subluxations occur when vertebrae get knocked out of alignment, putting pressure on spinal nerves, which disrupts communication between the brain and the rest of the body.

The Many C's

Your C1-C7 communicates with optic nerves, auditory nerves, sinuses, pituitary gland, scalp, face bones, cheeks, outer ear, vocal chords, neck muscles, shoulders, tonsils, thyroid gland, elbows, and so much more! So, as you can imagine, a subluxation in your cervical spine can cause some serious troubles.

So, what to do when you have troubles in your cervical spine? Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic today. Schedule your initial consultation and we'll get you back to active in no time.

Stay tuned for our next entry, which covers your thoracic spine!

At Barton Chiropractic Clinic we often talk about the particulars of your back and your spine. We talk about ways to protect your spine and measures you can take to avoid injury, but a big part of taking care of your back involves strengthening it. Think of it as a more offensive measure to ensure your back is strong and healthy, which will drive you to new levels of wellness and productivity.

As you head out for the July 4th holiday, it's a great opportunity to think outside the box and try to do something healthy for your body, instead of engaging in what a large percentage of folks will be doing -- boozing it up. 

Read on for a few suggestions when it comes to activities that will engage your core or your back and spine -- or all three!

Paddleboarding

We're a big fan of this one because it engages your core -- and you don't have to worry about the monotony of the gym. Depending on where you go, you might be looking at a pristine body of water in the mountains -- a totally therapeutic, core-engaging experience.

Rock Climbing

Of course, it's important to always maintain safety. Outdoor rock climbing areas exist and you can work on the buddy system to make sure you're safely harnessed and supported. There are also indoor facilities that optimize safety and can give you one-on-one training.

Outdoor Yoga

Yoga is great for your back -- just make sure that you have a strong foundation. It's important that you get instruction from a certified yogi first. Once you feel comfortable with the basics, you can build your own practice. If you know what you're doing, strike out this 4th of July for some valuable YOU time. Stretch it out in the outdoors.

Contact Barton Chiropractic Clinic if your 4th is less than stellar. It's not a rare thing for us to see patients who get whiplash from jet-skiing, wakeboarding, and a multitude of additional 4th of July festivities. We're committed to getting and keeping our diverse patient base active and well for life!

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