Problems with Small Intestine, Rheumatism, Infertility, Growth Disruption (Thoracic 12)

Problems with Small Intestine, Rheumatism, Infertility, Growth Disruption (Thoracic 12)

Physical Issues

Thoracic 12 or TH12 is the last of the vertebra in the thoracic section sitting superior to Lumbar 1.  As we have gathered from information in the previous units, each vertebra has a specific shape designed to protect the spinal cord from injury.  The basic form is the same i.e. a vertebral body, vertebral arch, transverse processes and spinous processes, facets, articular processes (connect to the vertebra above and below) and pedicles.  However, the size, shape, depth and width of these sections differ depending on the role and requirement of that particular vertebra in relation to the movement of the body.

 For example, the articular processes on the bottom of TH12 are like the lumbar section providing less movement and more stability than the ones on the top of this vertebra which connects to TH11 allowing more flexibility. In short they permit a slight flexion, extension and rotation of the spine, while preventing peculiar and potentially damaging movement of the vertebrae relative to each other.

The thoracic section is made up of 12 vertebrae which connect to our ribs. One pair of ribs extend from either side of each vertebra.  All ribs from TH1 to TH10 curve round to connect to the sternum at the front of the body. TH11 and TH12 ribs do not attach to the sternum but do provide protection for the kidneys at the back of the body.  As you can imagine this is prone to more problems due to its lack of stability in comparison to the other 10 thoracic vertebrae.

The thoracic section of the spinal cord controls muscles in the abdominal region, therefore we will find quite a few similarities in issues and blockages as we travel up the thoracic vertebrae.  Specific to TH12 physical issues are related to problems with the small intestine, wind, rheumatism, disruption in growth, infertility and erectile dysfunction.

Emotional and Psychological Issues

The emotional and psychological issues are comparable to L1 in that making a new start and setting goals is a struggle due to feelings of powerlessness and being overwhelmed by other people’s energies  Deep seated emotions are surfacing from the past and you may be struggling to address them or feel you may lose control and be rejected or feel less of a person by being honest with yourself about them and getting support.  The ability to advocate for oneself is then depleted and anger usually ensues, which just maintains the cycle.

Research into the metaphysical aspects of Rheumatism indicates a link to early unresolved issues at a younger age where influential people in your life may not have respected your boundaries and the only way you were heard was in anger.  As an adult your anger may be seen by others as confidence and this is what you have grown to believe, however it is only a symptom of poor boundary setting as your care givers may not have shown you how to get your needs met in a loving, thoughtful and appropriate way when you were younger.  Even though this behaviour as an adult may be sabotaging your opportunities and growth, you may not be willing to change this as it gives you the illusion of strength and confidence.

Realigning this vertebra may help open the opportunity not only to correct the immediate physical discomfort but also assist the individual to regain a feeling of self -mastery and authority.  Thus enabling the individual to confidently take the next step.



Constipation and Diarhoea (Lumbar 1)

Constipation and Diarhoea (Lumbar 1)

Physical Issues


Lumbar 1 is the smallest and most superior of the Lumbar vertebrae before moving into the Thoracic section of the spine. If you placed your hands under the lowest ribs and slid them round to the back to the spine you would be close to Lumbar 1.   It is between this vertebra and Thoracic 12 (TH12) that the spinal cord ends and breaks into spinal nerves, which thread throw and down L1 to L5.  Like its fellow vertebrae that make up the lumbar section, L1 supports most of our body weight and helps to stabilise it.

Many muscles that flex, extend, rotate and stabilise the lumbar spine attach to the Spinous processes which extend laterally (to the sides) and posteriorly (to the back), which we are aware from previous discussions.  The difference with this is that due to the limited movement of TH12 sitting superior (above) to L1, it has an incredibly difficult job to maintain one position but allow flexibility in another.  The thin transverse processes and narrow spinous process which points more inferiorly (downwards) than its neighbouring lumbar vertebrae allows for this level of flexibility, while the smaller but thicker vertebral arch provides a safe and protective container for the spinal cords and nerves.

Physical conditions associated with misalignment with this vertebra are problems with the large intestine, disruption in circulation within the intestine, constipation and diarrhoea.  Fear, stress and anxiety can trigger conditions like these in the system.  What is often found connected to these symptoms on an emotional and psychological level is when someone is faced with making a new start in their life.  It brings to the surface fear and difficulties letting go of the past.

Emotional Issues

Research into the metaphysical outcomes of these issues indicates a link to internalising emotions and your need for love.  There is often a link to a love/hate relationship with an influential person in your life whether parent, or other carer who made you feel powerless and without a voice as a child. A negative association may have been made to being loved, which then creates a cycle of happy moments in your life being sabotaged with resulting feelings of resentment and unexpressed anger.  Expressing yourself as a child may have provoked confrontation and being rejected or abandoned.  This creates a situation where you hold onto your feelings and emotions for fear that you will not be accepted for who you are and won’t be listened to.  Anger and resentment build up inside which results in explosive outbursts and you develop a pattern where you feel this is the only way you can reclaim your power and identity.

There is a symbolism in holding on and letting go, being able to move forward when the mind and body want to stay still and survive the unprocessed memory of what once caused you to feel powerless and hurt. Life is in constant motion, therefore trying to resist the change or motion will inevitably cause stress.  Often the lower back pain connected to this area is the sound of that fear and judgement that prevents us from taking the next step.

Ask yourself these questions:  Do you attract bittersweet circumstances and if so when do you remember the first one?

Do you feel the need to hold onto things?  It can be emotions or materials things and benefits?

What as your experience as a baby with being nurtured?  Do you have loving images, none or uneasy feelings when you recall these?

Do you trust people?

What part of your character do you feel you need to toughen up and why?

All these questions may help you link in with what your body is trying to get your attention about and just by gaining an awareness you will start to breathe again and start the healing process.