Spinal Cord & Nerves
The spinal cord is a tubular bundle of nervous tissue and it support cells that extends from the brain. The brain and spinal cord together make up the central nervous system.
It starts at the occipital bone and extends down to the space between the first and second lumbar vertebrae. The spinal cord does not extend the entire length of the vertebral column.
- In men it is about 18 inches or 45 cm
- In women it is about 17 inches or 43 cm.
- It ranges from 1/2 inch thick in the cervical and lumber regions to 1/4 inch in the thoracic area.
Protected by the vertebral column it’s primarily function is the transmission of neural signals between the brain and the body. It has neural circuits that can independently control many reflexes and central pattern generators. There are three major functions of the spinal cord:
- As a conduit for motor information
- As a conduit for sensory information
- A center for coordinating certain reflexes
The spinal cord and nerves is described in these three parts:
- Cervical spinal cord & nerve functions
- Thoracic spinal cord & nerve functions
- Lumbar spinal cord and nerve functions
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1st Level – Getting Started (Introduction & Pattern)
2nd Level – Getting Intouch (Experiencing & Connection)
3rd Level – Integration (Embodiment)