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Another Look at the Spine











Another Look at the Spine

In September of last year I wrote a blog entitled Another Approach to Back Trouble (see September 23rd). I spoke about how every vertebra in the spine is related to an organ or gland in the body. 
If you are constantly having problems with a particular vertebra then you will continually have an issue with its corresponding organ/gland. This is a nutritional matter. 

Today I want to talk about a second component in regards to the vertebrae of the spine. A structural relationship known as Lovett Reactor. 

The primary responsibility of the spine is stability although it can and does contribute to gross movements such as flexion, extension, side bending, rotation and gate. But for the most part its job is stability first, gross and finite movements second.

Even though stability is the foundational component of the spine movement is vital. Each vertebra can rotate side left or side right independent of the vertebra above and below it. Each vertebra is also rotationally related to another vertebra within the spine. This rotational link is what we call Lovett Reactor. 

If the first cervical vertebra C1 rotates right the last lumbar vertebra L5 rotates right. If C2 rotates right L4 rotates right. If C3 rotates right L3 also rotates right. At C4 things change. If C4 rotates right L2 counter rotates left. If C5 rotates left L1 counter rotates right. This counter rotation is continuous through the rest of the vertebrae until the upper half of the spine meets the lower half of the spine at T5 and T6. 

This is exactly what happens during gate. Without these rotational actions walking would not be possible. 

Here is a list of the vertebrae and their rotational link:

Sphenoid-Coccyx
Occiput-Sacrum
C1-L5 same movement
C2-L4 same movement
C3-L3 same movement
C4-L2 opposite movement
C5-L1 opposite movement
C6-T12 opposite movement
C7-T11 opposite movement
T1-T10 opposite movement
T2-T9 opposite movement
T3-T8 opposite movement
T4-T7 opposite movement
T5-T6 opposite movement
T6-T5 opposite movement
T7-T4 opposite movement
T8-T3 opposite movement
T9-T2 opposite movement
T10-T1 opposite movement
T11-C7 opposite movement
T12-C6 opposite movement
L1-C5 opposite movement
L2-C4 opposite movement
L3-C3 same movement
L4-C2 same movement
L5-C1 same movement
Sacrum-Occiput
Coccyx-Sphenoid

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