What part of your body is being overworked? Although it may be able to sustain the impact now, pushing the limits of an imbalanced body, will eventually give way. Are your glutes or quads not activating? Has your leg never been the same since knee surgery? Do you feel like you have weak shoulder(s)? Do you feel tightness in areas that you feel you shouldn't, especially upon exertion? Does one foot just not seem like it knows where it is in space? These are all red flags telling us there is an imbalance in the nervous system resulting in an imbalance in your muscles and tissues. Therapeutic, functional exercises are great for creating more stabilization and strength to those areas of concern.
You have 26 bones in your foot. All those joints need to be functioning within their normal range of motion in order to absorb the shock your foot experiences each time it hits the ground, otherwise, your body's entire biomechanics becomes compromised. Your ankle and first toe also need to have full flexion and extension, otherwise this increases the workload on your achilles and calf. Since the entire body is connected, we will check all areas from head to toe that may be contributing to this lack of joint motion and use Rapid Release therapy and other soft tissue modalities to break up any scar tissue or residuals of tissue damage from a previous injury, if necessary.
Does your scapula wing out? Do you have tight hamstrings and can't touch your toes? Or do you feel like none of your joints are stable? We can deal with this in a few ways. Functional exercises, combined with neuro-therapies, chiropractic adjustments and possible nutritional counseling can help even out muscle tone and get to the bottom of the true imbalance. By using an Interferential Stimulator, we can "wake up" muscles that for whatever reason, have not been able to register properly with the brain. We will also optimize the brain's communication with the muscular system if it seems like the uneven muscle tone distribution is more pattern-like. Lastly, nutritional deficits can make it hard to gain muscle tone and keep ligaments stable. Dr. Jess is connected with multiple laboratories & supplement companies, making it easy & convenient to process lab testing & order quality supplements if necessary.
Remember we talked about the 26 bones in your foot? They all are rich with something called Mechanoreceptors. These little electrical signals are key to telling the brain where the foot is in space. This is true for all joints. The more we can activate proper movement biomechanics in the joints of the body, the more the brain gets information of where they are in space and can properly choose things like how to strike a soccer ball, to perfectly flick the wrist when shooting a basketball/hockey puck/lacrosse ball, or how to avoid not rolling an ankle when running on uneven ground. Our muscles do nothing without the governing voice of our Brain and Nerve System. With specific chiropractic adjustments, we can get the joints moving again, but most importantly, increase the signals going from body back to brain and brain back to body.