In my opinion, an intelligent approach to any health issue is to start as simply as possible, with the most likely and logical premise first, and then introduce complexity as necessary. Sometimes cases do get complicated and require heroic interventions like surgery– and we are all thankful for the surgeons when they are truly necessary– but good lord, don’t make it complicated if you don’t have to.
Every joint in your body is susceptible to biomechanical stresses, both acute and chronic, from near and far, that can cause a bone to misalign and the attached muscles to knot up. This creates a vicious cycle that can lead to chronic neural disturbances. inflammation and pain. The pain often becomes chronic, and most people assume there must be some torn ligament, meniscus or such, and make an appointment with an orthopedic surgeon. If there is no immediate need for surgery, what do you then? Cortisone shots are great for short-term pain relief, however they have some seriously problematic downsides, like bone demineralization and . however treating the muscle alone without realigning the joint soon dashes any hope of a quick and/or full resolution.
Every joint has multiple types of nerve endings that send a ton of information back into your brain at all times. In fact most (roughly 75%) of the signals going into the thalamus, the central router for all sensory information, come from joint nerve ending called mechanoreceptors. An extremity subluxation (misalignment causing aberrant motion and neurological interference) causes a decrease in this important nerve activity and an increase in a far less desirable type of activity in nerves called nociceptors. Chronically increased nociceptor activity ultimately interferes with important functions like balance, joint movement, and leads to an extremely common type of pain.
Your extremity joints are not immune from the forces of poor posture, repetitive stress, and bad luck that your spine is subjected to, and often they take the brunt of our mishaps. If you have a knee that won’t heal after falling a few stairs or a frozen shoulder that has gotten worse over time, how likely do you think it is that all the articulating bones are in tip-top alignment, especially considering the extent of the incredibly tight muscles around it? And how much do you think your chronic pelvic imbalance had to do with it? A lot or a helluva lot?
Remember: Chiropractic is not the answer to ALL of your problems…
just most of them.
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