When a vertebrae becomes misaligned or moves out of its normal position, the joint movement and pressure around the spine can cause problems. Injuries, overuse and degeneration can cause these changes in the spine and other joints. The spinal vertebrae are meant to move easily and in synchrony. Sometimes the joint can move incorrectly due to its position. This causes pain and dysfunction. Dr. Foster is trained to adjust the spine and extremity joints back into best alignment.
Vertebral misalignments are common and most "fix themselves" with rest, deep sleep and exercise. At the point that normal stretch and rest are not working and pain and dysfunction persist, that is the point that you may need help. When the spine is mechanically misaligned,the muscles of the back and neck become tight ,rigid and resist movements. This is nature's protective way of keeping the spine and spinal cord from danger. Dr. Foster is an expert in the science and art of spinal manipulation. She uses gentle techniques to skillfully set the joint into place. This restores motion and comfort to the affected areas. Then we rehab the area with exercise and physiotherapy.
When spinal joins remain locked and inflamed over time, degeneration occurs. This can be complicated by spinal disc compression that comes with injury,activity and aging. Degeneration becomes more difficult to manage as time goes by because the surrounding muscles, nerves and bones begin to adjust to the new shape. Your body will accommodate these changes by compensating in other areas. This can give rise to other joint damage and compromise healthy nerve function. Everything is affected!
FIVE AREAS of CONCERN WITH SPINAL JOINT DYSFUNCTION
- Spinal Kinesiopathology (movement of the bones)
- Neuropathophysiology (nerve dysfunction)
- Myopathology (muscle changes)
- Histopathology (tissue damage)
- Pathophysiology (abnormal growth)