When chiropractors talk about extremities, they are referring to the joints of the body and not the joints of the spine. This includes the jaw, ribs, hip, elbow, wrist, hand, fingers, shoulder, knee, foot, ankle, and toes. Extremity Adjustments complement Spinal Adjustments. These extremity problems can cause spinal problems. The spine will be checked and adjusted first before an extremity will be checked for adjustment. Chiropractors have always looked to the spine for fixations, subluxations, and joint impropriety. The goal of extremity adjusting by the chiropractor is to analyze the extremity, evaluate the extremity, establish an extremity treatment plan and co-ordinate this plan with the spinal treatment plan.
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