What are extremities?
Simply put, extremities include the numerous joints present in the body besides those found in the spine. They include 3 main regions, the upper extremity (ribs, shoulders, elbows, wrists, hands, and fingers), the lower extremity (hips, knees, ankles, feet, and toes), and the TMJ or jaw.
What makes extremity adjusting different from other types of chiropractic care?
As Chiropractors we always inspect the spine first to check for potential issues such as subluxations, fixations, and any other joint irregularities. However, many chiropractors either do not have the training to manage complex extremity issues or simply do not check the extremities for the same issues as the spine i.e. subluxations, fixations and joint irregularities. The same issues found in the spine can also be found in the extremities, and if these issues are left unaddressed or inadequately treated they may lead not only to chronic issues in the extremity but also to chronic or worsened spinal issues. The extremity adjustment is designed to complement the spinal adjustment and aid the body in eliminating or reducing any dis-ease.
Who should get their extremities checked/adjusted?
The short answer to this questions is everyone! Proper neurological feedback from the extremities to the brain accelerates the healing process. Many people may think that this type of chiropractic care is only for athletes, but in life everyone is an athlete! From “weekend warriors” to everyday “athletes” such as parents taking care of children. We especially recommend extremity care for those that use their arms or legs on a daily basis such as our "Industrial athletes” - Firefighters, Police Officers, Iron Workers, etc. Everyone can benefit from having their spine and extremities checked!
What conditions can extremity chiropractic care help?
Extremity Adjusting can help a myriad of different conditions including but not limited to:
Frozen Shoulder (adhesive capsulitis)
Rotator Cuff Tendinitis
Lateral and Medial Epicondylitis
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
Arthritic changes to the extremities
Iliotibial band syndrome (IT Band)
Chronic Ankle Pain or Sprains