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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Understanding C7: The Seventh Cervical Vertebra and Its Role in Your Health

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

An anatomical illustration of the human spine focusing on the C7 vertebra
An anatomical illustration of the human spine focusing on the C7 vertebra


As we continue our journey through the cervical spine, we now reach the C7 vertebra. This seventh cervical vertebra, like the ones before it, plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being.

Understanding C7: The Seventh Cervical Vertebra

The C7 vertebra is the seventh and last bone in the cervical spine, located beneath the C6 vertebra. It's part of the complex network of bones, nerves, and muscles that allow for the flexibility and movement of the neck.

The C7 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 thyroid gland and bursa in the shoulders.

Nerve Function and Potential Symptoms

The nerves at the C7 level primarily control the thyroid gland, bursa in the shoulders, and the elbows.

When there's a misalignment or subluxation at the C7 level, it can lead to a variety of symptoms due to the compression of the nerve root. These can include conditions like bursitis, colds, thyroid conditions, or elbow pain.

Chiropractic Care and C7

Chiropractic care can play a crucial role in maintaining the health of the C7 vertebra. By

correcting misalignments or subluxations at the C7 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 C7 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 T1 vertebra in health and the symptoms that can be associated with its misalignment. Stay tuned!


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