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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Understanding C6: The Sixth Cervical Vertebra and Its Role in Your Health

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

An anatomical illustration of the human spine focusing on the C6 vertebra


Continuing our exploration of spinal health, we now arrive at the C6 vertebra. This sixth cervical vertebra, like the ones before it, plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being.

Understanding C6: The Sixth Cervical Vertebra

The C6 vertebra is the sixth bone in the cervical spine, located beneath the C5 vertebra. It's part of the complex network of bones, nerves, and muscles that allow for the flexibility and

movement of the neck.

The C6 vertebra and its associated nerves are responsible for transmitting signals related to the control and sensation of different parts of the neck, shoulders, and arms. It also plays a role in maintaining the health of the tonsils.

Nerve Function and Potential Symptoms

The nerves at the C6 level primarily control the tonsils, neck muscles, shoulders, and the upper arm.

When there's a misalignment or subluxation at the C6 level, it can lead to a variety of symptoms due to the compression of the nerve root. These can include conditions like tonsillitis, stiff neck, upper arm pain, or a tingling sensation in the arms.

Chiropractic Care and C6

Chiropractic care can play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the C6 vertebra. By correcting misalignments or subluxations at the C6 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 C6 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 C7 vertebra in health and the symptoms that can be associated with its misalignment. Stay tuned!


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