The Extremity Miracle

January 19, 2013

Health News

When you injure an extremity (arm, elbow, wrist, leg, knee, foot, etc.), there is ALWAYS an injury to the spine. And if you only treat the extremity and do not treat the spine, it will take much longer to get well.

Let’s take a look at what happens when an athlete sprains an ankle. Time and time again in ankle injuries, the person will actually whip their head back at the time of the ankle sprain resulting in a spinal injury. If the doctor, trainer or physical therapist only treats the ankle without releasing the stress load to that injured area of the spine, it’ll take much longer for that ankle to heal. So by unlocking the structural injury (the spinal injury that accompanies the ankle sprain), you’ll be able to improve ankle function much more quickly.

Structure Determines Stress

With extremity injuries, very specific spinal traumas take place. For example, ankle injuries also result in a spinal

injury at the seventh cervical and first thoracic vertebra. Knee and elbow injuries result in spinal trauma between the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebra. This area of the spine is called the thoracic apex. The thoracic apex of the spine is a hinge joint and directly affects other hinge joints such as the elbow and knee. A simple chiropractic wall adjustment between the sixth and seventh thoracic vertebra will immediately reduce elbow and knee pain and decrease tissue inflammation.

These simple techniques alone could revolutionize the sports world. Think of how many athletic injuries linger, costing both teams and players time and money, because it’s isolated and treated solely as a localized trauma. Team doctors and trainers never realize that an extremity injury creates a spinal problem as well.

For shoulder problems, we adjust the ribs on the injured side while the patient stands or sits up against a wall. You cannot have a shoulder problem without having rib dysfunction.

Low back issues need an adjustment up against the wall at the 12th thoracic vertebra and the 5th lumbar vertebra.

For sciatic pain, wall adjustments and the back (posterior) part of the femur head should be adjusted.

In groin pain the front (anterior) part of the femur head should be adjusted.

Recently, I had a patient come in who just had knee replacement surgery on both knees. I did one full week of mid-back adjustments against the wall and when she went back to her orthopedist that performed the knee surgery he said, Wow! You’re so much further along than anyone I’ve ever seen. And that’s because we dealt with the structural injury that went hand-in-hand with the local injury.

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