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Extremity Extraspinal Chiropractic Adjusting in Bozeman

  • Foot and ankle, the stress of athletic activities
  • Proper motion in the hips
  • Shoulder Pain
  • Elbow, Wrist and Hand

Extremities are any joints of the body that are outside the spine, including hips, knees, ribs, shoulders, elbows, hands, feet, and TMJ.

Extremities consist of the joints of the foot and ankle, knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, wrist and hand. The concept is very similar to spinal adjusting, and the goal is to restore motion to every joint that we palpate as being restricted or fixated (lacking motion). It’s just as important to have freely moving joints in your extremities as it is in your vertebral column. When your joints have good motion, your brain is able to interpret where they are in time and space, and the control of movement becomes much more refined. In addition, when joints are fixated, the muscles around those joints and elsewhere have to work extra hard and will often become tight and painful. Common causes of extremity joint restriction include trauma, joint instability or lack of movement control, and muscle tightness.

Foot and ankle, the stress of athletic activities

Specific to the foot and ankle, the stress of athletic activities and even just walking around all day can contribute to dysfunction in the joints and muscles around those joints.

Although anyone with reduced joint motion is better off getting adjusted, some of the more common types of people that get joint restrictions in their feet and ankles include people who are on their feet for the majority of the day, people with other injuries or compensations in their knees, hips and back, and athletes such as runners, soccer, basketball, football and volleyball players.

Proper motion in the hips is a prerequisite for a good functioning and stable low back and vice versa.

The hip has similar mechanisms of restriction or injury as the foot and ankle, but is much more closely associated with the lower back. Proper motion in the hips is a prerequisite for good functioning and stable low back and vice versa. Hip extension and inward rotation are the most important and also most commonly restricted motions of the hip complex. Common causes of joint fixation include the same causes as the foot and ankle with a larger emphasis on  dysfunction or injury in the low back such as a disc herniation or lumbar spinal stenosis. 

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is the #3 most common complaint coming to the chiropractor, behind low back and neck pain. Extension and inward rotation are the most common fixation of the shoulder (similar to the hip). Even though we don’t bear weight on our arms as much as our legs, certain movements and activities can predispose the shoulder to joint fixation. This includes things like overhead movements, lifting, excessive pushing movements and sports such as baseball, football, volleyball and any other throwing sport. In addition, sleeping in a bad position can also lead to joint fixations in the shoulder complex.

Elbow, Wrist and Hand

The elbow, wrist and hand work together from a function standpoint and can commonly become restricted or have muscular dysfunction together. Both the elbow and wrist often have restricted extension or backwards bending. However, we will always palpate the motion of joints to identify which direction is fixated. Some common causes of dysfunction of the elbow and wrist include an injury somewhere else such as the shoulder, neck or upper back, a traumatic fall on an outstretched hand (FOOSH) or scapular instability, among other things. Throwing athletes will also often need attention paid to their elbow and wrist.

In Summary

In summary, we can adjust and treat much more than just the spine and spinal complaints. We address the whole body from a biomechanical standpoint, including the joints of the extremities. Adjustments to these regions are similar to spinal adjustments and consists of a high-velocity, low-amplitude thrust. The combination of spinal and extremity adjusting with rehabilitative exercises and the other treatments available at Pro Chiropractic is very effective for many musculoskeletal conditions and complaints. We would love to help you be a better you!

Frequently Asked Questions About Extremity Adjustments

Can a chiropractor adjust feet?

Our chiropractors can help you overcome foot and ankle problems that can lead to additional problems in other structures: your legs, hips, lower back. At Pro Chiro, your chiropractor will employ several diagnostic tests, including examining your gait and foot function with our TOG Gait Scan, and take a thorough history to assess the nature of your foot problem.  Each foot has 26 bones, that’s a lot of joints that could become injured, jammed and fixated. We can help from the ground up!

Can a chiropractor treat my TMJ?

Chiropractors can help TMJ pain in a few ways including extremity joint manipulation to help reduce catching and restore movement, and myofascial release to reduce spasm and ease mobility.  At Pro Chiro we frequently use TMJ adjustments combined with dry needling therapy with great success for our patients. 

Does chiropractic extremity adjusting require special training?

All chiropractors get a baseline of training in adjusting joints other than the spine.  Fortunately for you, the chiropractors at Pro Chiro have additional specialized training in evaluating and treating extremities.  These trainings include motion palpation of the extremities, sports chiropractic training, and the certified chiropractic extremities practitioner (CCEP) certification.

What conditions might extremity adjusting help?

Many of our patients have found relief from tennis elbow, plantar fasciitis, shoulder impingement, rib pain, carpal tunnel, TMJ pain, thumb pain and more!  If you have pain in or around a joint, chances are extremity adjusting could help you.

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