Did you know that Chiropractors can also adjust your feet, ankles, hips, hands, wrists, shoulders and even your jaw? It’s called extremity adjusting. That’s right; Chiropractors don’t just adjust necks and backs!
The definition of adjusting an extremity is to instill motion within that joint. If you’ve ever had your shoulder or wrist freeze up on you, you can imagine just how important these types of adjustments can be. If left untreated, the extremity pain can cause the body to overcompensate, resulting in more severe neck or back pain.
Most people aren’t even aware that their neck or back pain is being caused by an extremity. The most common example of this is with lower back pain. Believe it or not, it can actually be coming from your feet! Not having adequate arch support can cause the arch in your foot to drop and as your feet fall to the floor, it causes the bones in your legs to rotate inward and put pressure on your hips and lower back.
Another example is having mid back, upper back or neck pain that is being caused by a shoulder dysfunction, which is very common. A shoulder dysfunction may occur from a simple fall on an outstretched arm, a direct blow to the shoulder, or abnormal twisting or bending. When joints begin to lose motion, they eventually start to break down over time. More often than not, shoulder dysfunction will present itself as spinal pain.
The results from extremity adjusting can be incredible! Seeing the improved motion, muscle relaxation and pain reduction is just as amazing in an extremity as it is in the spine.