When joint function is impaired, there can be reduced range of motion, inflammation, degeneration, calcium build-up, scar tissue, pain in that joint or pain referred elsewhere.
This can be caused from slips, falls and accidents. In addition, simple overexertion, repetitive movements, sitting, sleeping, or moving improperly can also be a cause. Many of these problems occur often and are given common names like “tennis elbow”, “runners knee”, “frozen shoulder” and “carpel tunnel syndrome”.
When joints lose motion, they begin to break down over time. Any sort of joint can benefit from an adjustment, from wrists to shoulders, elbows, hips, knees, ankles, and even your jaw.
Traditional treatment of these problems may involve splinting or immobilizing the joint, pain medications, muscle relaxers, steroid injections, or surgery.
Chiropractors are able to mobilize these joints much the same way that they adjust the spine. These adjustments help restore normal motion to joints that have become locked, jammed, or injured and improves movement, increases blood circulation, decreases pain all while speeding the healing process.
By adjusting an extremity, we not only improve that joints function but help with referred pain or compensatory pain to other areas of the body. For example: If you sprain your ankle you naturally try to take weight off that ankle and put more force on the other leg and ankle. By doing that you change the biomechanics of your knees, hips and back. On the short term this is good as it relieves pressure on that injured ankle, but over time, you will have other areas of pain due to that compensation and stress on the other joints.
Adjusting any joint especially extremities will improve your proprioception. Proprioception is the term used to describe how your body knows where all its parts are. Basically, it is how you can close your eyes and be able to touch your finger to the tip of your nose. Having clear nerve pathways and freely moveable joints allows your proprioception to function properly which is important for everyone but even more so for athletes and individuals that depend on their muscles and joints to function at their fullest potential.
Dr. Iehl is trained to know the paths nerves take, and how best to relieve the pressure on the nerve, their blood supply, and surrounding tissues. So, while you might feel the pain in your elbow, a misalignment in your shoulder or neck might be the true culprit. By adjusting the source, it will help promote nerve flow to alleviate the pain, referred or otherwise.