Over the years many people have associated chiropractors as "back doctors." Yes, while we do focus our treatment on spinal alignment and posture, Chiropractic education goes much beyond that. To break it down, the education from an accredited chiropractic college includes 456 hours of anatomy, 243 hours of physiology, and 165 hours of orthopedics among many other areas of study like pathology, microbiology, diagnosis and X-rays. With that in mind, lets talk about some other areas that chiropractic might help.
Ankle Sprains: After ruling out fractures with diagnostic imaging and managing the swelling with appropriate therapy, chiropractic adjustments improves healing time after an ankle sprain. Did you know that once you sprain your ankle, you are more likely to sprain it again? The calcaneus, talus, cuboid, and navicular bones are key bones to adjust to create optimal healing and prevent further injuries down the road.
Shoulder Pain: Patients often present with pain in the neck and upper midback and in most of these cases shoulders are our of alignment and contribute to postural muscle imbalance. Frozen shoulder is a very common one we see in our office. It occurs more in women than men and tends to show up between the ages of 40 and 60. Frozen shoulder can be successfully helped via chiropractic techniques, acupuncture, and massage therapy. Rehabilitation exercises are also necessary to return to normal range of motion.
TMJ - As a chiropractor we evaluate the jaw articulation, provide soft tissue work and stretching. Assessing bilateral joint motion with the patient opening and closing their mouth to see how symmetrical the movements are. Many muscles in the region lead to neck pain, headaches, dizziness and even brain fog.
Foot Pain - The feet are our foundation. There are 26 bones and three functional arches that make up the foot. Too much pronation or supination is usually the culprit of increased stress on joints in the feet and ankle. Realigning the bones of the foot restores optimal alignment of the entire body which is why it can help with knee pain, hip pain, back pain, and even neck pain.
From the desk of Dr. Lisette Miller Kondrad. Dr. Miller is a licensed Chiropractic Physician and Board Certified Acupuncture Provider who has been in clinical practice for over 7 years. She has helped hundreds of patients through chiropractic care and acupuncture. Click here to contact Clark Road Chiropractic Center with any questions or to schedule your appointment!