Extremity adjustments are chiropractic adjustments to joints that are not contained in the spine. These would include jaw (TMJ problems), shoulder, elbow, wrist, hand, finger, hip, knee, ankle and foot. Like the spine, these extremities develop joint dysfunction which describes a joint that has reduced motion, abnormal muscle tone, inflammation, scar tissue or arthritic changes.
Common names for some joint dysfunctions include, “carpal tunnel syndrome“, “tennis elbow“, “little league elbow“, “frozen shoulder“, “runner knee“, “golfers elbow”, and a host of others. In all cases, Chiropractic Care takes a natural and common sense approach for treatment. Extremity adjustments are a type of joint mobilization similar to that of spinal adjusting, with the goal being, to restore normal motion to areas which have been “locked up”. Once restoration of motion has been returned to the extremity, there is often a reduction in pain, improved motion, relaxed muscles, reduced nerve interference and promotion of healing.