This is the switch that turns on the engine. Our feet/ankles are designed to become flexible upon impact with the ground through a process of ankle dorsiflexion and eversion which creates a force reaction to the hips and core to turn on all the muscles needed to help us make the next move. If things work well then top down forces come into the foot creating the foot to become a stable structure to push off the ground. We need to respect these relationships with all cases but especially with respect to ankle reconstruction, peroneal and Achilles tendon repairs and any ankle arthroscopic procedures. Most people think of foot problems with diagnoses such as plantar fasciitis, neuromas, stress fractures, bunions, shin splints, and Achilles tendonitis but when the feet don’t do their job we also see issues in the knees, hips, low back, and even the neck and shoulders and elbows in throwing athletes. A classic problem we see in the clinic is when someone has had an ankle sprain that they did not properly rehab and now we have either another issue in the foot or another place in the body. Whether you have flat feet (like Wayne, aka Fred Flinstone) or high arches (like Steve, aka Eagle Talon) we will ensure that your feet and ankles are creating the right environment for the rest of your body to function properly.
As a Sports Chiropractic Physician - our goal is to find out why you would need to be adjusted. Most Chiropractors look for subluxations and how the nervous system is adversely affected due to interference to the nerve affecting the system. At ActiveSpine, we figure out why the subluxation is present and attack this dysfunction vs the adjust the spine and hopefully will resolve the imbalances present that are not allowing for normal biomechanics to occur. Once that is established and addressed, at least at that point there would be a reasonable chance that an adjustment will actually hold. This is where patients fall into the trap of numerous adjustments provided by their Chiropractor per week. The proper environment is not present to provide a reasonable chance to succeed.
We regularly tell people that if you have muscular imbalances from right to left, front to back, lateral or medial, due to the muscles attachments, this will directly or indirectly affect how the joint moves. If we just adjust the joint, the muscles will typically pull the joint back out of place again by the time they reach their car in the parking lot.
We want to create an environment that if adjustment is necessary, the joint can live in a habitat that would allow it to succeed.
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