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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Understanding C4: The Fourth Cervical Vertebra and Its Role in Your Health

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

An anatomical illustration of the human spine focusing on the C4 vertebra


Continuing our exploration of spinal health, we now arrive at the C4 vertebra. This fourth cervical vertebra, like the ones before it, plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being.

Understanding C4: The Fourth Cervical Vertebra

The C4 vertebra is the fourth bone in the cervical spine, located beneath the C3 vertebra. It's part of the complex network of bones, nerves, and muscles that allow for the flexibility and movement of the neck.

The C4 vertebra and its associated nerves are responsible for transmitting signals related to the control and sensation of different parts of the head, neck, and shoulders. It also plays a role in maintaining the health of the nose and Eustachian tubes.

Nerve Function and Potential Symptoms

The nerves at the C4 level primarily control the nose, lips, mouth, Eustachian tubes, mucus membranes, and common carotid artery.

When there's a misalignment or subluxation at the C4 level, it can lead to a variety of symptoms due to the compression of the nerve root. These can include conditions like rhinitis, adenoids, hearing loss, and tonsillitis.

Chiropractic Care and C4

Chiropractic care can play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the C4 vertebra. By correcting misalignments or subluxations at the C4 level, chiropractic adjustments can alleviate the associated symptoms, enhance the function of the nerves, and support overall nervous system function.


Understanding the role of each vertebral level in our health is crucial for maintaining a healthy lifestyle. If you're experiencing symptoms that might be associated with a C4 misalignment, don't hesitate to seek help. Schedule your chiropractic adjustment online today at and start your journey towards optimal health. Our team at Dopps Chiropractic is committed to supporting you in all aspects of health, including enhancing your body's natural resilience.

In our next blog post, we'll explore more about the role of the C5 vertebra in health and the symptoms that can be associated with its misalignment. Stay tuned!


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