Vertebrae of the Week: T7 Vertebra
Larger than your T6 vertebra, the T7 houses the nerve which provides messages between your brain, your pancreas, your spleen and your duodenum. It’s a strong central vertebra, and connects directly to the ribcage. It’s a part of the nerve bundle that is commonly referred to as the lower thoracic nerves, which supply your skin and intercostal muscles of the lower back and abdomen.
Problems with the T7 cause issues ranging from digestive problems to reduced immune resistance, to ulcers and gastritis.
Maldigestion, Gastritis and Ulcers
Gastritis is the term for an inflammation of your stomach lining. It can develop for a range of reasons, including injury, infections, burns and surgery. Some foods and alcohol intake can also result in gastritis. Finally, nerve degeneration or pressure from a maladjusted T7 can cause this condition to develop.
Stomach ulcers are sores that develop in your stomach lining. They can be caused by excess acid buildup, or from gastritis, as well as being a symptom of peptic ulcer disease. In addition, when your digestive system isn’t working properly, it can create chemical imbalances that can result in the above problems.
Your Spleen is an important organ related to your immune system, and when its function is impaired it can leave you open to all manner of illness, infection and inflammation. It’s essential to protect the nerves that allow your brain and spleen to communicate, to ensure that your body can put up an adequate defense against all of the pathogens you encounter on a daily basis.
A subluxation in your T7 can leave you vulnerable to any number of conditions, and that’s why it’s so important to have a chiropractor ensure that your spine maintains its proper curvature. For the past 9 years running, ACT Wellness has been the leading Woodbridge area chiropractor, and we’re ready to provide you relief.
If you’re experiencing stomach problems, indigestion, gastritis, or immune system troubles, or any sort of back pain or unexplained body pain, it could be a misaligned spine. The only way to tell is to get examined and evaluated for subluxations. Contact us to set up an appointment today.
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