The children’s song, Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes, is fantastic when learning the parts of the body including your extremities. Maintaining healthy extremities is very much connected to the health of your spine and entire body.
Chiropractors Approach to Extremity Adjustments:
When Chiropractors talk about extremities they mean the numerous joints present in the body including the jaw, shoulder, ribs, wrist, elbows, fingers, hand, hip, ankle, knee, toes and the foot. Chiropractors always inspect the spine to look for potential issues with subluxation, fixation, and joint irregularity, and these problems can be present in the extremities. These problems in the extremities may also lead to chronic spinal issues. Commonly, the spine is checked and adjusted before going to the extremity to check and adjust it. The extremity adjustment should compliment the spinal adjustment.
Symptoms of Extremity Subluxation, Fixation, & Joint Irregularity:
- Fatigue or weakness felt in the extremities
- Painful extremities or joints of extremities
- catching of the joints of extremities
- Stiff or immobile extremity joints
- Chronic back problems
- Chronic problems in the cervical region
Goal of Extremity Adjustment:
The aim of extremity adjusting is to assess the extremity, do an analysis, develop a treatment for the extremity, and then synchronize this plan with the plan for spinal treatment.
If you’ve recently had a baby you may need your hips realigned. If you play sports, lift weights, garden, run, walk, mow your lawn, shoveled snow, just cleaned the basement there’s a good chance you may need your knees, elbows and even jaw realigned!
Basically, if you have an active lifestyle or recently had an event where you were very physical outside of your normal, daily activity level and are experiencing pain or discomfort in a joint or body part, there’s a chance you simply need it adjusted to alleviate the pain.
At Family & Sport Chiropractic we are not a one-size-fits-all, we customize your visit based on your needs and some visits you may need a spinal manipulation while in others you may need additional extremity adjustments.