Your spine is designed to support your weight and protect your spinal cord (the vital link connecting your brain to the rest of your body). The spinal cord travels through your spine, which is made up of 24 moving vertebrae. When these vertebrae become malpositioned, they can put pressure on the spinal cord and irritate the nervous system. Since the nervous system connects to every cell in the body, a problem in your spine can cause a problem with any tissue or organ. This is why chiropractors locate and correct these areas of spinal dysfunction.