The Relationship Between Your Spine and Organs

· October 26, 2016
By understanding the relationship between the spine and certain organs, you'll better understand the cause of several health-related issues, both physical and psychological.

The spine is our support beam, and because of it we are able to perform our daily activities.

Each vertebra has a specific task, and all of them together protect the central nervous system (made up of the brain, nerves and spinal chord).

In this article we are going to talk about the truly interesting relationship between your spine and organs. Keep reading!

The spine and its important purpose

The brain is in charge of sending impulses (or orders) through the spinal column and spinal nerves so that each cell in the body knows what to do. This is how vital functions are maintained.

The spinal column is in charge of protecting this communication system between the mind and organs.

That’s why, any time one of your vertebrae becomes displaced, no matter how small it is, it ends up pinching a nerve and thereby blocks the messages from arriving at their destination.

And that is how the body’s general functioning depends on the spine.

Vertebrae and their relation to emotions and disease

Back pain is so common that it no longer surprises us.  It could be caused by sitting in front of a computer for hours, sleep wrong, or lifting heavy objects.

Did you know that muscle spasms are also related to feelings and emotions?

Excessive strain on the back is also related to emotions. Every part of your spine corresponds to an organ, an emotion and pain.

The cervical spine


This area is located between the skull and the shoulders, and is made up of 7 vertebrae (when written, they are expressed with the letter “C”, for cervical, and a number, to identify which one it is).

The cervical spine reflects the body’s energetic system. It is the opening to life and communication.

  • C1: This supports and balances the head. When it is under pressure, it creates headaches, problems expressing emotions or disorders in the nervous system.
  • C2: This connects the eyes, nose and sense of smell. When it is stiff, we’re unable to say what we’re experiencing.
  • C3: This is related to bone, nerves, skin and the face. It is known as the “solitary cervical vertebra.”
  • C4, C5 and C6: These work together. That’s why when you have a problem in one, it ricochets throughout the others. They are also related to the thyroid glands, vocal chords, the pharynx and the mouth, along with the shoulders.
  • C7: The last of the cervical spine vertebrae influences the shoulders, elbows and hands.

The Dorsal spine


This is made up of 12 vertebrae, and spreads from the shoulders to the waist.

This is where the most important organs lie, and when one of the dorsal vertebrae is compromised, the associated vital organ will be affected.  The individual will also experience a lack of energy towards the lower extremities.

  • D1: This is reflected in the fingertips, the elbows and breathing (and therefore asthma or lung diseases).
  • D2: This is the vertebra for the heart and lungs, but it also affects emotions and feelings.
  • D3: This is related to the chest and breathing. When you feel pressure on this area, it translates into a problem on the emotional and physical level as well.
  • D4: This comes into contact with the gallbladder, and is also related to desires, temptations and pleasure.  Because it is in the center of the body, it is in charge of balancing your day to day life.
  • D5: This is connected to blood circulation and the liver.  It controls and becomes charged with your actions and problems.
  • D6: This activates our self-criticism and acceptance of what happens to you. The sixth dorsal vertebra is also related to the stomach.
  • D7: This is connected to the pancreas and duodenum. It is also in charge of reminding us that we have to sleep and relax.
  • D8: This houses insecurities and fears, and it connects to the blood and spleen. It is related to pain in the diaphragm.
  • D9: If you have problems with this, you will experience allergies and your emotions will become heightened. It is connected with the adrenal glands.
  • D10 and D11: These are related to the kidneys, nerves, tensions and insecurities.
  • D12: This one is very important, because it connects to the colon, the large intestine, joints and the lymphatic system.  In women it also connects to the Fallopian tubes. When it comes to emotions, it is related to envy and criticism.

The Lumbar spine


There are 5 vertebrae in the lumbar spine, and they generally hurt when you don’t have good posture when seated, or when exerting too much effort during the day. They support the upper part of your body, and they communicate with the lower part.

They are related to sexuality and self-esteem.

  • L1: This connects with the intestines and imbalances that create constipation and indigestion. It channels impotence and internal conflicts.
  • L2: This connects the abdomen and the legs. When there is pressure on this vertebrae, or if it is strained, you will feel alone.
  • L3: This is the vertebra of the genitals and urinary system. It is also related to the joints (especially the knees).
  • L4: In men, this connects with the prostate.  It could also reflect problems in the sciatic nerve.
  • L5: This is reflected in the knees, feet and legs.

The Sacrum

And lastly, this area is made up of 5 vertebrae.  They are connected to sexual desires, a sense of security and control (S1 and S3).  Vertebrae S4 and S5 reflect kidney problems, infertility, hormonal imbalances, poor circulation or obesity.