Vertebrae of the Week: C4

Your 4th cervical vertebra (C4 vertebra) sits level with the thyroid cartilage, also commonly known as your Adam’s apple. It can affect the nose, mouth and ears and cause a range of problems with these regions and others. The nerves from C4 also control the diaphragm, the main muscle allowing us to breathe. In fact, there’s a saying that “C3, C4 and C5 keeps the diaphragm alive!” As such, it’s vital to make sure this vertebra remains in proper alignment.

Injuries to the C4 Vertebra

A spinal cord injury of C3, C4, or C5  could leave the muscles that control breathing completely paralyzed. This can lead to a requirement to use a ventilator just to keep breathing, and in many cases, can be fatal.

C4 also supplies motor function to the shoulder, shoulder-blade, arm, collarbone and even biceps. If you have pain or numbness in any of those areas or even trouble elevating your shoulder, subluxation of C4 can be to blame!

Symptoms of a C4 Subluxation

Symptoms resembling Asthma or COPD could be the result of a C4 misalignment. On a less serious level, did you know that adjusting your cervical vertebra can produce an immediate halt of those pesky hiccups? Discover Why Do We Hiccup?

Other symptoms of a C4 vertebra misalignment can include loss of range of motion or even paralysis in hands, arms, legs and torso, and problems with controlling bowel and bladder function. Often, patients experiencing these symptoms believe that they have a completely different health problem, when in fact, an adjustment to the C4 can clear up their issues.

Chiropractic care is a safe, all-natural, non-invasive approach to whole body health and wellness. You can make sure your body is fully functional by getting regular adjustments from Dr. C at ACT Wellness, the leading center for chiropractic care in the Woodbridge, VA, region for over eight years, and running!

For spinal health and wellness related questions feel free to contact Dr.  Carmelo F. Caratozzolo, 703-491-9355, Dr. “C” is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). His office address:  ACT Wellness Center, 2894 Garber Way, Woodbridge, VA.

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