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Chiropractors Believe Adjustments May Go Beyond the Spine


A chiropractic group in Everett, Washington is convinced that chiropractic care should not end at spinal manipulation and that there is more that can be done to mitigate musculoskeletal issues. Specifically, Dr. Michael Ilyankoff and Dr. Lisa Ilyankoff who practice at Cornerstone Chiropractic are advocates of taking chiropractic care a little further, literally.

These professionals believe that manipulation of the body’s extremities, specifically hands, wrists, elbows, ankles, knees, hips, and other locations throughout the body can lead to more positive outcomes in terms of chronic pain and discomfort. With the belief that simply looking to the spine for all causes of musculoskeletal injuries, areas of further impact can be neglected and attention can be drawn away from the point source.

The doctors at Cornerstone Chiropractic also claim that it is possible that the positioning of certain extremities can be detrimental to the spine’s alignment and can suppress the real issue that the patient is experiencing. For example, if a patient’s knee is not aligned correctly, the weight distribution in this patient’s body can be extremely uneven. Too much pressure on certain parts of the knee can translate into a structurally compromised spine. The patient will then most likely continue to walk in an incorrect mobility pattern without even knowing it. The same thing can occur with weight distribution in the shoulders, hips, and many other areas of the body where we would not think to look to determine the potential cause of our back pain.

Doctors Michael and Lisa Ilyankoff have been customizing treatment patterns for patients for quite some time now and they are encouraged by the results. Often times they see patients who have been incorrectly diagnosed and have worsened the problem as a result of the incorrect diagnosis. A misaligned joint can be difficult to conceptualize when a doctor is not looking for this specific problem and when much of the focus is on the back. The doctors at Cornerstone Chirporactic are hoping to change the perceptions of chiropractic care and make it known that the spine may not always be the problem.

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