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  • Writer's pictureDr. Rory Dopps

Understanding T4: The Fourth Thoracic Vertebra and Its Role in Your Health

Updated: Jul 11, 2023

An anatomical illustration of the human spine focusing on the T4 vertebra


Continuing our journey through the spine, we now reach the T4 vertebra. This fourth thoracic vertebra, like the ones before it, plays a significant role in our overall health and well-being.

Understanding T4: The Fourth Thoracic Vertebra

The T4 vertebra is the fourth bone in the thoracic spine, located beneath the T3 vertebra. It's part of the complex network of bones, nerves, and muscles that allow for the flexibility and movement of the upper back and neck.

The T4 vertebra and its associated nerves are responsible for transmitting signals related to the control and sensation of different parts of the upper chest and arms. It also plays a role in maintaining the health of the gallbladder.

Nerve Function and Potential Symptoms

The nerves at the T4 level primarily control the gallbladder, common duct, heart, lungs, and bronchial tubes.

When there's a misalignment or subluxation at the T4 level, it can lead to a variety of symptoms due to the compression of the nerve root. These can include conditions like gallbladder conditions, jaundice, shingles, or upper chest pain.

Chiropractic Care and T4

Chiropractic care can play a crucial role in maintaining the health ofthe T4 vertebra. By correcting misalignments or subluxations at the T4 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 T4 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 T5 vertebra in health and the symptoms that can be associated with its misalignment. Stay tuned!


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