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Without any subluxations or spinal decay these are the parts of a normal, healthy spine. At the end of these pages on spinal decay you might like to ask yourself these questions:

1. How do you think Spinal Decay will effect your Nervous System?
2. How do you think Spinal Decay will effect the function of the body?

Side View of Cervical Spine: The Neck

This is the side view of a patient facing to the left.

A: The Atlas; the first cervical vertebra (C1)
B: The Axis; the second cervical vertebra (C2)
C: The Intervertebral Foramen (window to the nerve)
D: The fifth cervical vertebra (C5)
E: The Jaw
F: The Spinous Process

Note:

  • The vertebral bodies are clear and well defined
  • There is a smooth forward curve
  • The backs of the vertebra all line up (Georges Line
  • There are no bone spurs or osteophytes

Thoracic Spine: Mid Back

Side view of a patient facing to the left

A: A thoracic vertebral body
B: The Intervertebral Foramen (window for the nerve)
C: The Costochondral joint (the rib joins the spine)

Note:

  • The vertebral bodies are clear and well defined
  • There is a smooth backward curve
  • The backs and front of the vertebra all line up
  • There are no bone spurs or osteophytes
  • There is no calcification of any ligaments

Lumbar Spine: Low Back

This is the side view of a patient facing to the left.

A: The third lumbar vertebra (L3)
B: The fourth lumbar vertebra (L4)
C: The fifth lumbar vertebra(L5)
D: The sacrum (S1)
E: The intervertebral foramen (window for the nerve)
G: The intervertebral disc (the disc)

Note:

  • The vertebral bodies are clear andwell defined
  • There is a smooth forward curve
  • The backs of the vertebra all line up
  • There are no bone spurs or osteopnhytes
  • The windows for the nerves are clean and clear