Extremity Adjusting is an adjustment or manipulation used to correct joint fixations anywhere in the body other than the spine. Joints can become misaligned and cause pain in the same manner as the spine. Athletes in particular find significant benefits with this type of adjusting. Extremity Adjusting can restore and enhance joint function, which can increase the life of a joint and keep wear and tear to a minimum.
The extremities are:
Chiropractors are trained in adjusting these bones as well. The articulation of bone to bone, in the Axial and Appendiclar Skeleton.
The Axial Skeleton consists of your skull and your spine. Your Appendicular Skeleton is the attachment of all those bones seen in the appendages.
Doctors of chiropractic can adjust the bones that articulate within these appendages. A “dislocation” is a complete separation, as seen often in the shoulder, when the upper arm or humerous is separated from the scapular and/or clavicle in a joint separation. A “dis-articulation” is less than a complete “dis-location”. In athletes, this is common, the athlete will complain of shoulder pain, as a result of possibly a shoulder sprain. It is effective to treat the sprain, but the Chiropractor works to re-establish the normal joint functin between clavicle, scapulae, thoracic and cervical spine, and humerous. Unless these joints are functioning properly, the sprain may never heal. Fibrosis of the healing tissue, and/or joint effusion, with joint irritation may persist, unless there is some effort made to re-estalish normal joint funtion, via chiropractic manipulation and/or adjusting of that shoulder.
This same effort is effective in the treatment of:
Soldier ruck-pack shoulder syndrome (Brachial Compression due to heavy loaded ruck sack)
Your trained chiropractor can adjust your spine as well as your shoulder, elbow, wrist, fingers, hip, knee, ankle and toes.
Keeping your skeletal system aligned feels good and prevents wear and tear to your body. Today’s athletes on all professional levels include a chiropractor in their daily health “prevention” routine.
Ribs articulate to the front of your body by way of cartilage attachment to your sterum. Often referred to your “breast plate”. Ribs also articulate to the posterior of your body or back, via the thoracic spine. There are twenty four total ribs, two sets of twelve on both sides of your body.
Some times these ribs, “dis-articulate” or “sub-luxate” from their articulation to your sternum and/or your thoracic spine. This is very painful, and irritating. Often it goes un-detected by a common medical exam. However, a chiropractor is very familiar with the articulations of your ribs. And, chiropractic adjustments to the anterior and the posterior rib articulation, creates almost instanteous relief to many patients who may believe they are experiencing chest pain due to other causes.
If everything has been ruled out, and you still have some sort of “nagging” pain, at the precise point of a rib articulation to your sternum, and or your mid back, you have have a rib subluxation, or rib “dis-articulation”, that can be treated by a chiropractic adjustment.
Athletes especially are prone to these type of injuries, football players, wrestlers, etc.