By madisonville41536944, Sep 12 2017 04:30PM
Each year many millions of people visit chiropractors to keep their mid back and rib cage in balance.
Put your hands alongside your chest and sides and you can easily feel your bony ribs. They wrap around your body from your front to the back. Tn the front they attach to your breastbone or sternum and in the back they attach to your spinal bones or vertebrae.
Attached to each side of your 12 thoracic vertebrae are ribs - 24 in all. On rare occasions a person may have 10 or 11 pair or even an extra set of ribs (usually seen in the neck - called "cervical ribs").
Ancient anatomists thought your ribs looked like the bars of a cage so they called them, with their attachments, your "rib cage."
What is in that cage? Some very important organs are protected there: your heart, lungs, major blood vessels, diaphragm, and other structures. It's important to keep this "cage" in alignment and balance. A misaligned rig cage can put unnatural pressure on its vital inhabitants affecting their proper functioning.