Spine Series Post #2: CT Junction
Spinal Series Post #2: The CT (aka cervical-thoracic) Junction!
This is a part of the spine that, let's be honest, many chiropractors stay away from, due to its being notoriously difficulty to adjust. But like my mentor said, "I don't let subluxations scare me, I scare them!" FYI, subluxation is the official word for misalignment. So, he taught us how to adjust this area well.
The junction areas of the spine, where we change from the cervical spine to the thoracic (neck to back) and thoracic to lumbar (mid back to low back) etc, are where we sustain a lot of our spinal stress and injuries. They are vulnerable areas.
The CT junction area is particularly important due to the presence of several structures. First of all, there is the very first rib, which often becomes misaligned. At the front of the first rib joint, there is also an acupuncture point that overlies it, K-27 or kidney 27 point. This point is related to the function of the brain and nervous system and any misalignments here can contribute to foggy thinking, cognitive issues, mental stress, depression and anxiety, focusing difficulty, and more. The CT junction also consists of the last neck vertebra C7, the first thoracic vertebra T1.
The CT junction is an area where we often observe a "hump" that forms, a part of postural stress and chronic hunching over. This leads to pain and even compromise of the heart.
Other symptoms and problems that CT junction dysfunction can lead to: neck pain, headaches, neuropathy (tingling, numbness, pain etc) into the arms, vision problems, hoarseness and difficulty swallowing, poor circulation to the head leading to light headedness, vertigo, and sleep apnea.
Like my mentor taught me, I don't shy away from the CT junction. I adjust 1st ribs, C7's and T1's every single day. Chances are, if you are a patient, you've heard me talk about this at some point in a treatment. Looking forward to adjusting more CT junctions this week!