The initial exam allows you to establish the need for care. It also demonstrates your interest in the patient’s daily activities, including work environment, posture, exercise and diet. All communications with the patient should reinforce the powerful relationships of structure, function and health, and remind them that chiropractic care improves all three.
Ideal cervical spine posture when standing requires the coordination of skeletal structure, soft tissue integrity and neurological control to resist gravitational loading forces. An often-overlooked factor of these requirements is the role that pedal stability can play in the maintenance of proper posture.Faulty foot biomechanics can have a negative impact on all supporting joints above the foot/ankle complex.
There is a connection between leg-length inequality (LLI) and the proper functioning of the body’s proprioceptive system. Restoring leg-length balance through the use of custom-made stabilizing orthotics and/or lifts can improve the proprioceptive sensory organs’ ability to coordinate body movements, postural alignment and balance. Differences in leg lengths can be either structural or functional in nature.
Whenever a concern about low-back pain brings a person in to see a chiropractor, a careful examination of the spine is required. Often neglected, however, is the importance of the feet to normal spinal function—especially in the lower back. When patients don’t respond as well as expected to their chiropractic care, a source of interference is frequently located in the pedal foundation.
Plantar fasciitis is a common condition experienced by a wide variety of patients, and it can stem from numerous causes. By definition, plantar fasciitis is the inflammation of the plantar fascia or aponeurosis. It can be caused by trauma, such as from a jumping or running activity, or it can have a more chronic nature from the longstanding stretching of excessively pronated feet. The pain of plantar fasciitis is commonly at its worst when a patient is rising from bed in the morning.