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Our Spinal Column

The spinal column can be divided into the cervical spinal column, which has seven vertebrae. It is the most flexible part of our spinal column. It is attached to the thoracic spinal column, having twelve vertebrae, followed by the lumbar spinal column with five. This is then followed by the sacrum and the coccyx. Muscles and ligaments are attached to the right and left of our spinal column.

The field of chiropractic sees the spinal column (columna vertebralis) as the central human axis, and also gives it the name "arbor vitae" (tree of life) due to its important role in the entire organism.

For an interesting overview of the effects of poorly aligned vertebrae on the body's organs see the page "Spinal Marrow".

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