Mobility vs Stability:
Some people have had experiences with chiropractic where they are adjusted along the entire spine regardless the cause of their discomfort or injury. I try to be very specific and only adjust the segments of your spine that actually need more movement. In order to move optimally, we need to balance strength and stability with mobility and movement of the joint or joints.
As a generalization, different regions of the body are more prone to needing stability OR mobility and they tend to alternate. For example, your thoracic spine (where your rib cage is) and pelvis (usually need) more mobility or movement at the joint segments, while your neck and low back need more stability. When someone doesn’t have a lot of mobility in their thoracic spine, the neck and the low back try to make up for it and end up moving much more than they should. So, we can help you increase the mobility in the areas that need it, AND help you to strengthen and coordinate the activation of muscles that need to be more active in stabilizing the joints.
This works similarly in the extremities. For example, many people with knee pain, have decreased mobility in the hips and ankles, and their knee is moving too much or possibly in a less than ideal direction. Of course, this is a generalization. Based on your history or prior injuries your case may be different. This is why we do a thorough exam so that we can determine what YOU need and then we can plan treatment accordingly. If you have a trouble area, give us a call or book online. We love to help you feel your best!