Chiropractic for other physical complaints
Chiropractic primarily looks at the movement of the joints within the spine, but this has an effect on the whole body.
The spine and pelvis are the foundation of the body, and if they don’t move as they should, it can lead to symptoms in other places.
In addition, all the nerves that go to the periphery – arms, legs, feet, etc. – come out of tiny holes on the side of each vertebra. When there is any pressure on those nerves in the spine due to a blocked joint or swelling, the pain can radiate to other places.
The knee is a solid and stable joint, and unless there is a direct injury to the cartilage, the problem often stems, at least in part, from a problem in the pelvis, hip and/or ankle.
When the pelvis is out of balance, it can lead to a increase in stress and pressure on the wrong part of the knee joint. This can lead to wear and tear of the cartilage and meniscus, and although these cause the long-term symptoms, it is possible that the problem comes from higher up.
Chiropractic care can help balance and improve the mobility of the other joints to reduce the stress on the knee, and also directly loosen the surrounding muscles and articulations.
Foot and ankle pain
Pain in the ankles and feet is a common problem. As with the knee, there is a strong connection with the movement and position of the joints in the lower back, hip and pelvis.
Chiropractors can treat ankle and foot problems by releasing tension in the joints and by loosening and/or strengthening the fascia and muscles. It is also important to correct imbalances in other areas of the spine to reduce and optimize the way stress is placed on the feet and ankles.
Carpal tunnel syndrome
Carpal tunnel syndrome (CPS) is caused by pressure on the median nerve at the wrist. It is often caused by overuse, such as daily computer work or other activities that repeatedly exert tension on the hand and wrist.
We often see diagnoses of CPS that are incorrect or incomplete. The nerves that run in the hands and cause the symptoms can be pinched in several places -in the neck, shoulder, under the collarbone and at the elbow.
A chiropractor will look at all the places to make sure there is no other joint putting pressure on the nerves that are causing the hand symptoms, and release what is needed.
When the body does not move as one
Every bone, articulation in the body can move in different directions and can become blocked into one of those positions. In other words, a joint dysfunction is simply a bone which is not moving the way it should.
The body is made to move as one. Every part of it, from the skin to the bones, past the tendons, fascia and ligaments, is made to move as a unit. If you move your little toe, it creates movement all the way to the top of your head!
So what happens when one or more parts can’t move properly? The rest begin to compensate for that lack of movement.
When a joint in your spine gets stuck, the joints above, below and the surrounding muscles start to function in a suboptimal way. Sometimes that means they overwork, other times that they work less. Over time, this leads to areas of tension, stiffness and pain, or muscles that are underworking and atrophied.
Relaxing the stiff muscles or strengthening the ones that can’t work properly can help and is extremely important. However, as long as the joints do not move as they should, the problem will likely continue to recur.
Do you suffer from physical complaints yourself or do you know someone who does? Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any question or wish to make an appointment!