Foot biomechanics and CHIROPRACTIC?
Chiropractic is a modern health care system based on the following premises:
The body is capable of healing, given adequate rest, nutrition, and a properly functioning nervous system, and providing that no irreparable tissue damage has occurred.The nervous system (brain, spinal cord and nerves) control all the other systems of our body.
WHY IS THE SPINE IMPORTANT?
The spine is the framework which supports and protects the spinal cord. Most of these nerves pass from the spinal cord through small openings in the spine to various muscles, organs bones and even our skin.
The spine comprises of 24 moveable bones, 23 discs (which act as shock absobers and allow movement to occur), and has attachments for 12 sets of ribs and hundreds of ligaments and muscles. 31 pairs of nerves exit the spine.
Because of the spines complexity, it's normal movements are easily disrupted. Falls, incorrect lifting, stress, repetitive movements, faulty posture and even illness may cause disruption to the normal mechanics of the spine. The areas of abnormal movement are what chiropractors call subluxations. Essentially a subluxation can be the result of one of the "3 - Ts" trauma (acute or overuse injury), toxins (what you eat/drink or breathe), or thoughts (negative thinking or emotions).
WHAT DO CHIROPRACTORS DO?
Chiropractors analyse the spine for subluxations and, if found, do a special procedure called an adjustment.
Subluxations have are variety of possible components: distrupted joint movement, nerve irritation, muscle spasm or weakness either at the site of the subluxations or along the path of the irritated nerve, and increased or deceased blood flow in the immediate area. Because nerves send energy to organs, a subluxation can effect health and wellbeing. Subluxations are very common and do not always produce pain or other obvious symptoms. Spinal degeneration can occur with chronic subluxations.
HOW DO THEY DO IT?
Before the spine can be adjusted, the chiropractor needs to know details of past medical history, and about any accidents youv'e had, and about your current lifestyle. i.e. exercise and diet.
A thorough examination may include a postal evaluation, specific spinal analysis, gait analysis, orthopaedic and neurological testing. X-rays may be taken not only to evaluate the condition and alignment of the spine, but to help rule out any underlying disease.
CHIROPRACTORS EMPHASIZE PREVENTION
Once better function has been established to the spine and nervous system, it is important that it be maintained. Regular checkups will allow your spine to function optimally, offering your body the best chance of feeling and functioning well.
In addition, I can advise you on exercise, nutrition and prevention factors related to your work, posture and lifestyle.
As I have a special interest in biomechanics, I can include a functional biomechanical assessment as part of your new patient examination, that can identify underlying biomechanical faults that may be the route cause of chronic muscle and joint conditions. This frequently leads to a recommendation for the inclusion of functional custom orthotic shoe inserts to balance the lower extremity, pelvis and spine to address the underlying problems.
Read more on our "Orthotics for more than just the feet" page.