Chiropractic is a healthcare discipline which emphasizes the inherent restorative power of the body to heal itself without the use of drugs or surgery. The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between the spine and the nervous system and how that relationship affects the preservation and restoration of health. But occasionally we need to look beyond the spine for overall optimal body function.
The human body contains around 206 bones and 360 joints. Throughout life, our joints are subject to a variety of daily stressors and degenerative changes (like injuries and arthritis). Adjusting extremities helps target any subluxations, or misalignments, and limited joint mobility at these locations. When we adjust an "extremity" we are talking about any joint outside of your spine.
One common extremity that is prone to stress is the foot and ankle. Approximately 1 million ankle injuries occur each year. Ankle injuries can occur during competitive sports or during routine daily activities, like walking. Your feet are the foundation for your entire body. They must be able to properly support your body; allow you to stand, walk, run, and jump; and absorb the damaging shock that enters your body every time your heel hits the ground. In the same regard that the architectural structure of a building is important because it determines if the building will hold up to stress, your feet will determine how your body handles movement. A balanced structure means a reduced chance of injury and increased endurance.
Chiropractic adjustments have a direct and immediate effect on optimizing your body's proprioceptive responses and help your body's overall balance and coordination. Most people think of a chiropractor just adjusting the spine and not your shoulder or wrist, but at Lykens Chiropractic, we are trained to help your body, as a whole, function better. If you are having discomfort in your extremities be sure to mention it at your next visit, so we can check that your joints are moving properly.