If you think a chiropractor is only licensed to make adjustments to your spine, think again! If you’re experiencing any type of joint pain, a chiropractor may be able to help. Check out these other parts of the body that a chiropractor can adjust, and schedule an appointment with Senara today.

Shoulder

One joint in particular that’s prone to misalignment and pain is the shoulder. This susceptibility stems from its incredible mobility and the number of nerves, tendons, bursa, and other tissues that surround it.

When a shoulder joint becomes misaligned, it can cause muscle spasms, inflammation, and pain. A chiropractor can make gentle adjustments using a speeder board, drop table piece, or reflex hammer. The chiropractor will also adjust the neck and upper back to relieve some of the tension as well.

Elbow

Certain conditions like Tennis Elbow or Golfer’s Elbow could benefit from a chiropractic adjustment. A chiropractor manipulates the joint and will massage the muscles to help them relax and “reset” to support the joint correctly.

A chiropractor may also ask you about your form when performing certain activities to identify and then avoid the action that’s causing the pain or strain.

Wrist & Hand

There are many activities that can cause hand pain, such as skiing, playing video games, and using a computer for long periods of time. When you feel the muscles in your hand beginning to cramp and are regularly experiencing a dull ache, it’s time to visit a chiropractor. They can massage the muscles in your hands, make adjustments to your wrist, and suggest exercises to counteract the repetitive movements you’re making.

Hips

Hip pain is a common side effect when your spine is out of alignment as your lower body tries to compensate for your compromised posture. Arthritis, injury, and overuse can also cause hip pain. A chiropractor can make adjustments to your hips to help relieve tension and reduce inflammation. Chiropractic care can also help an injury heal faster by keeping your body aligned.

Knees

The knees take the brunt of impact for a variety of movements, such as climbing stairs, going for a run, or lifting heavy objects. Overuse or improper movements can cause knee pain that warrants a trip to the chiropractor.

Your chiropractor can make adjustments to your knee, hips, and lower back to realign your joints and relieve the pressure you feel in your knee. Your chiropractor may also perform a soft tissue massage to help the muscles relax, as well as prescribe a regimen for icing to reduce inflammation.

Ankles & Feet

From shoes that don’t have enough support to being on your feet a lot in general, there are a lot of reasons you could experience ankle or foot pain. A chiropractor can test the range of motion your ankle has and move your foot around to adjust the joint.

If you’re experiencing chronic pain, your chiropractor will examine your foot to make sure you aren’t suffering from a more serious injury. In some cases, a chiropractor may suggest that you stay off of your foot to help adjusted joints stay in place and give them a rest.

Jaw

This one might be surprising, but you can harbor a lot of tension in your jaw. If you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, or even have poor posture, you could experience pain in your jaw joint or TMJ. 

A chiropractor can help by making adjustments to your jaw, recommending practices like using a night guard, and suggest icing techniques to reduce inflammation.

Where Bone Meets Bone

A chiropractor is trained to make adjustments to bone joints to help realign your body. Anywhere that a bone meets another bone is a joint — whether it’s the vertebrae in your spine or your jawbone and your skull. If you’re experiencing any sort of joint pain, a chiropractor can help massage strained muscles to relax and make adjustments to realign your joints.

Contact Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa in Peoria today to schedule an appointment.