Kinesiology and Muscle Testing Chiropractic Adjustments
Muscle Testing and Kinesiology is a branch of chiropractic that utilizes the connection between the brain and various parts of your body to determine where the best place to adjust is. For example, the deltoid muscle raises the arm to the side. If there is a weakness to resistance, we can trace the nerve back to the spine that supplies the deltoid and adjust that segment. There are two reasons why this is beneficial. First, we have a way to find disruptions in the nerve flow, leading to a more specific and gentle adjustment. Secondly, we have a physical test that we can check after the adjustment to see if there was benefit.
Custom Built Foot Orthotics
“If you have feet, then you have a problem.” Unfortunately, the ankles are one of the weakest parts of the human frame and one of the most highly used. Because of constant wear and tear throughout our lives, aka the amount of time spend standing and walking, many people develop foot and ankle pain. Especially as we age, the ligaments in our feet and ankles tend to stretch and the arch of the foot falls inward. However, improper foot biomechanics has been shown to effect children and adolescents as well. Foot orthotics, also known as shoe inserts or arch supports, help correct improper foot biomechanics as we walk. Improper biomechanics of the feet can cause issues all the way up the chain of movement—not only ankles, but knees, hips, low back, all the way up to the neck. Many patients come to the office with neck and shoulder pain that is alleviated by placing custom built foot orthotics in their shoes. Evaluating the need for foot orthotics is a simple process and can be performed in office in a matter of minutes. The most important difference from our inserts is their immediate comfort, because they are built specifically for you. Many foot orthotic companies instruct their clients to wear the inserts for an hour or two at first and work their way up to wearing them all the time because they are uncomfortable. One of the criteria for fitting the orthotic is making sure they are comfortable immediately and feel balanced from side to side. If not, a hand adjustment is made until all criteria are met. Both the casting and fitting appointments are included in the price of the orthotics.