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Chiropractic care, often associated with spinal adjustments, goes beyond just the back and neck. Extremity adjusting is an integral part of chiropractic treatment that focuses on joints outside the spinal column, such as shoulders, elbows, wrists, hips, knees, and ankles. 

Understanding Extremity Adjusting
Extremity adjusting involves diagnosing and treating joint dysfunctions in the limbs. These dysfunctions, although less well-known than spinal issues, can significantly impact a person's quality of life and overall mobility. Chiropractors are trained to identify and correct these joint issues, which are often related to misalignments.

The Techniques and Their Applications
Chiropractors employ various techniques for extremity adjusting, each tailored to the specific joint and the patient's needs. These techniques include manipulation, mobilization, and soft tissue therapy. The aim is to restore normal movement, relieve pain, and improve function.

  1. Manipulation: Often involving gentle thrusting techniques, manipulation helps realign joints and improve mobility.

  2. Mobilization: This involves slower, more controlled movements to gradually increase the range of motion in a joint.

  3. Soft Tissue Therapy: Techniques such as massage or trigger point therapy help relax and stretch muscles surrounding the joint, aiding in pain relief and function.

Benefits of Extremity Adjusting

  1. Pain Relief: By correcting joint dysfunctions, chiropractors can significantly reduce pain in the extremities.

  2. Improved Mobility: Adjusting techniques help restore normal joint movement, enhancing overall mobility.

  3. Injury Prevention: Properly aligned joints are less prone to injury.

  4. Enhanced Athletic Performance: Athletes often benefit from extremity adjustments, as they help improve joint function and flexibility.

  5. Comprehensive Care: Extremity adjusting complements spinal adjustments for holistic treatment.

Conditions Treated by Extremity Adjusting

Chiropractors often treat conditions such as:

  • Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

  • Tennis Elbow

  • Shoulder Pain and Dysfunction

  • Hip and Knee Pain

  • Ankle Sprains

  • Plantar Fasciitis

The Patient Experience
During an extremity adjustment, patients may hear a popping sound, similar to spinal adjustments. This is normal and is often associated with the release of gas from the joint fluid. The procedure is generally painless and can provide immediate relief in some cases.


Extremity adjusting is a vital component of chiropractic care. By addressing the whole body, chiropractors can provide comprehensive care that goes beyond back and neck pain.
If you're experiencing joint pain or dysfunction, consider scheduling your first appointment with us. With our expertise, you can achieve better mobility, reduced pain, and an enhanced quality of life.

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