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Understanding Joint Restrictions

By Donna Stark

Chiropractic care is usually the first choice of those who are experiencing back pain, and it’s a smart choice too. That’s because it is one of the safest and most effective forms of treatment for millions of people who suffer from pain every year. If this sounds like you, if you are struggling with back, neck, or joint pain, I would encourage you to make that same decision to see a chiropractor.

Your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic will do everything they can to reduce and eliminate your pain, but in doing so, they may use a term that you aren’t familiar, or have a lot of experience, with. They may talk a lot about joint restrictions … but what exactly are they?

What is a Joint Restriction?

Our bodies are filled with joints. A joint is a moving part made up of two or more neighboring bones. We have joints in our spine, knees, and elbows for example, and included in the joints are nerves, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other soft tissues.

When a joint falls out of its proper alignment or becomes restricted (tight, locked up, loss of motion), the entire joint structure and its parts become affected. This is often the underlying cause of so many different types of health problems.

The Body’s Response

When joints become restricted, tension and inflammation are created in the body, which can lead to pain, stiffness, and decreased range of motion. In addition, the neighboring joints above and below it often tend to overcompensate and become unstable themselves, potentially causing even more pain, discomfort, and damage.

But that’s not all … we haven’t even started to talk about the nerves.

Nerves play a crucial part in the proper functioning of the body because they control pretty much everything. Every cell, tissue, muscle, and organ is under their control, so when they are irritated or compressed by a joint restriction, you can count on problems ensuing. In addition to pain, numbness, and tingling, an irritated nerve will trigger the body’s response system which can also lead to even more issues, such as:

  • Muscle tension
  • Muscle weakness
  • Joint instability
  • Poor posture
  • Improper lung function (asthma)
  • Digestive issues (reflux, stomach ulcer)
  • Headaches

As you can see, a joint restriction can have far-reaching effects throughout the body, and that’s a perfect explanation for why a chiropractic patient will notice improvements in their overall health after seeking treatment for a specific pain.

If you or a loved one are experiencing pain, come on in to see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic. With more than 400 locations nationwide, and no appointment necessary, it couldn’t be any easier. And now, with knowing a little bit more about what a joint restriction is and how it affects your body, it will be even easier to understand the process.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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