HANS IHMSEN
Chiropraktor
(Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Canada)
Heilpraktiker

 Bödekerstr. 31, 30161 Hannover
Tel: +49-511-31 31 31
Fax: +49-511-388 41 91
e-mail: info@chiropraktik.ihmsen.de

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The Spine 

In the centre of Chiropractic stands the Spinal Column as well as the effects of disturbances of the spine onto the Nervous System and the total body organism. 

The Spinal Column is the central organ of the apparatus of motion. Its task is to give man his upright posture and thus to serve as elastic and spring-like column of support. It further has to protect the sensitive spinal cord

The spine consists of vertebrae, intervertebral discs, ligaments and muscles. One can differentiate 3 sections: Cervical, Thoracic and Lumbar Spine. There are: 7 Cervical, 12 Thoracic and 5 Lumbar vertebrae. There is further a Sacrum and a Coccyx at the bottom of the spine, as well as the joints that connect the spine with the pelvic bones - the so-called Sacro-Iliac Joints

Between two vertebrae there is the Intervertebral Disc. Its function is to make a mobile connection between vertebrae, as well to work as a elastic shock absorber. Multiple ligaments and muscles stabilize the spine and at the same time allow for its great range of motion. 

The spine has several physiological curves, when seen from the side. This allows the spine a great weight bearing, and at the same time to remain elastic. Between two vertebrae a pair of nerves exits the canal of the spinal cord. These split up to uncountable small and smaller nerves that branch out to supply even the furthest parts of the body. Thus it becames understandable that our well-being is in an essential part dependent on the condition of our Spine. 


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 last modofication: 28.08.2010 (©Hans Ihmsen)

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