Flat Feet? Orthotics Could Help You Avoid Anterior or Posterior Pelvic Tilt

Unless they visit a podiatrist for a professional consultation, few people realize they have problems with their feet. Fallen arches, flat-footedness, bow-leggedness, and myriad other anomalies are just generally accepted as a part of a person’s normal physiology. They could go an entire lifetime without realizing their flat-footedness, for example.

The problem with this, is that something like flat feet sets the tone for an entire chain of physiological deficiencies. Most noticeably, flat feet can cause anterior or posterior pelvic tilt, a condition wherein the pelvis rotates forward or backward too far. This in turn causes insufficient support in the lumbar spine, opening the door to back problems and chronic illness.

Thankfully, flat-footedness and other foot-related physiological issues can be addressed and corrected given the right support. Orthotics are the answer. And, through assessment of the spine’s curvature and patient posture, Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) is able to help chiropractors understand to what degree flat feet need to be corrected.

Orthotic assistance for support

The premise behind orthotics is simple. First, they provide immediate support to areas of the feet that may lack physiological integrity, which ultimately affects better posture and physiological change all the way up to the spine. Second, orthotics enable feet to remodel themselves over time as they become accustomed to a new variation in support.

Addressing pelvic tilt

Chiropractors often utilize orthotics when correcting anterior or posterior pelvic tilt because these conditions are a direct result of improper foundational support. Without the natural arch of the foot to bolster support of the knees, hamstrings, gluteal muscles, and thighs, the lower body seeks support from separate muscle groups – usually in the lower back. This causes stressors to pull and strain muscles that the pelvis relies on, prompting misalignment. Depending on the lack of support and corresponding posture, the pelvis may tilt anterior or posterior.

Rebuilding physiological integrity

No amount of chiropractic adjustments alone are going to be able to restore the lumbar support lost due to flat-footedness. To affect real change, chiropractors must go to the source.

Orthotics are the primary tool for re-training feet in proper support. Best of all, as is the spirit of chiropractic, orthotics are specifically modeled after each patient’s feet. This promotes a tailored approach to wellness that targets the unique level of support required by each person’s feet. Over time, custom orthotics can also be remodeled, in order to spur continuous improvement.

Given enough time and a supporting CBP adjustment schedule, it’s possible for many patients to accomplish a series of goals that restore physiological integrity, including:

  • Rebuild or strengthen foot arches;
  • Alleviate stress and tension in lower body;
  • Re-train proper supportive lumbar physiology;
  • Restore lumbar and sacral spine curvature;
  • Correct anterior or posterior pelvic tilting tendencies.

Cumulatively, this process works to remodel the foundation of a person’s spinal health, starting with their feet. Results can take many forms, including alleviation of lumbar pain, better overall posture, and of course, ideal spine curvature.

The convenience of orthotics

Aside from being truly customizable, orthotics present pelvic tilt sufferers with a chief standalone benefit that makes them superiorly effective. They are, above all, zero effort tools. Patients put them in their shoes and that’s it: the orthotics will do work each time the patient stands or walks. Over time the effects will become pronounced all by themselves.

Ideal Spine believes heavily in the power of orthotics and their ability to reverse anterior or posterior pelvic tilt. If you’ve been diagnosed with a pelvic tilt condition and aren’t currently using orthotics to combat it, ask your chiropractor what their benefit might be to you.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Using Posterior Chain Adjustments and Strengthening to Combat Bulging Discs

Bulging discs most frequently occur in the lumbar spine. In fact, cumulative data from reputable chiropractic studies has shown that L4 and L5 in particular are susceptible to stressors that enable bulging. These vertebrae shift and compress with stress and time, eventually bulging to a point that causes undeniable symptoms for the sufferer, including intense pain, limited range of motion, and mobility issues.

Bulging discs are nothing new for chiropractors, and are in fact one of the most common reasons patients initially seek treatment. Patients are frequently surprised, however, when they learn that adjustments are only a temporary solution for relief from a bulging disc. When shifted back into place, the truly arduous work of preventing re-bulging begins. And, after experiencing initial relief, many individuals are hesitant to understand the need for posterior chain strengthening.

At Ideal Spine, we see posterior chain adjustments and strengthening as immeasurably important in battling bulging lumbar discs. In restoring the lumbar spine’s curvature and strengthening its support system, we understand the opportunity to educate patients on the best possible maintenance for their spines.

Identifying the posterior chain

Many patients lack the terminological understanding of their spine. A bulging lumbar disc is simply “low back pain” in their mind. Trying to explain the posterior chain becomes a complex process.

Instead, it’s critical for chiropractors to help patients identify the catalysts for their bulging discs in terms of how the posterior chain works together. For example, a chiropractor may have a patient hold a squat until failure to illustrate weakness in the gluteal muscles, or attempt to touch their toes from a standing position to show inflexibility. By acting out certain movements and feeling the limitations of their body as identified by a chiropractor, it’s possible for patients to grasp the extent of their posterior chain beyond their low back.

Adjustments in the posterior chain

Remediating bulging discs begins with adjustments. Through palpitation and radiological imaging, chiropractors can determine which of the lumbar discs have bulged and to what extent. This determine the immediate course of treatment, which can include drop table adjustments to help shift vertebrae, as well as traction to alleviate compression and inflammation. Depending on the age of the patient, the severity of the bulge, or the catalyst for the condition, different adjustment techniques and timelines come into play.

Strengthening the posterior chain

When the immediate pain of a bulging disc has been addressed, chiropractors have the duty of recommending exercises and stretches that strengthen the support offered by the posterior chain. This will ensure the disc in question is able to realign appropriately and that future bulges are avoided.

Most often, strengthening is focused on the gluteal muscles, hamstrings, quadriceps, hip flexors, and low back, with occasional core strengthening recommended. Bolstering the strength of these muscle groups means better support for the entire lumbar spine and an ability to weather duress in a healthier capacity.

Some patients also benefit from yoga or targeted stretching of the posterior chain. This has the benefit of reducing stress in overworked muscles, while improving flexibility and mobility in key support systems.

Going beyond the bulge

Bulging discs cannot be ignored, but remediating their pain goes beyond simply alleviating pressure. To prevent recurring bulges or future lumbar pain, work needs to be done on the posterior chain. Adjusting, strengthening, and even stretching are all crucial follow-ups to chiropractic adjustment.

At Ideal Spine, we see chiropractic beyond the adjustment table. It’s why our chiropractors always leverage Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) recovery plans, to ensure every patient is getting the aftercare support their bodies demand.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Without X-Rays, Many Chiropractors are Missing the Bigger Picture

There are certain practices in the medical world that become standard for a reason. Doctors wash their hands to stem the spread of germs. Nurses ask about allergies to medication to prevent dangerous reactions. Your dentist taps your gums to make sure the anesthetic has kicked in before drilling. It’s all done for the good of the patient.

In the world of chiropractic, taking x-ray films of patients before making any adjustments is quickly becoming standard. In fact, Ideal Spine chiropractors are educated on the importance of radiological imaging above all else, as part of an introduction to the Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) modality.

What benefits do x-rays offer?

Most chiropractors are knowledgeable enough in their practice to understand spinal misalignments through palpitation or even sight. But while this might clue a chiropractor in on an area of focus, it does little to qualify the nature of the misalignment. X-ray films provide qualitative and quantitative data that can be leveraged into a highly customized treatment solution.

For example, rotation of the C6 and C7 vertebrae can be felt through palpitation. But to what degree are they rotated? And, moreover, is this rotation accompanied by any lateral movement? If so, to what degree? Through films, a chiropractor can juxtapose a physical image of this affected area against an ideal spine model to qualify what they may already know to be a problem.

Qualification then opens the door for treatment. In this same example, slight rotation and accompanying lateral movement may require a three-week adjustment schedule, coupled with posterior chain strengthening and myofascial release.

Seeing the whole picture

X-rays also enable chiropractors to see what a pedestrian assessment might not show them. For example, a chiropractor may be able to clearly see posterior pelvic tilt in a person’s posture, but they may not be able to see or even feel the shifting sacral spine that accompanies it, due to the severity of the situation. Further, imaging the entire spine may yield evidence of misalignments climbing up the spine, showing lumbar or thoracic deviation.

Visual understanding is unparalleled

The spine is like a puzzle. For chiropractors, x-ray imaging is like being able to look at the box, to get an idea of what all of the pieces add up to. Having everything laid out in front of them, chiropractors are often more apt at seeing problem areas and their catalysts clearly. This enables a better level of treatment as a CBP adjustment schedule is mapped out.

For patients too, visual evidence of manipulation is important. Before and after films of their spine enable patients to see the power of CBP at work and, coupled with the benefits they can feel, reinforce the adjustments and improvements made. X-ray films are verifiable proof in progress, which is what many patients seek.

Finally, films offer a record of adjustment and wellness. They become part of a patient’s history, cluing chiropractors in when it comes to future issues. As an example, films outlining a herniated lumbar disc from years past may yield insight into how to treat sciatica pain in the present.

Best practices exist for a reason

Taking radiological films at the outset of treatment is an engrained part of Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) and the Ideal Spine practice. Films offer substantial benefit throughout the treatment and recovery process, and they pave the way for an all-around better understanding of a spinal situation. Just like washing hands and inquiring about allergies, taking films is becoming a standard best practice because it’s backed by undeniable benefit.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.

Why Does a Chiropractic Adjustment Schedule Take Place Over Months, Not Days?

Treatment and recovery from illness happen relatively quickly at the hands of modern medicine. You can go from violently ill to good-as-new in the span of just a few days with a visit to the doctor and the proper medication. A good diagnosis goes a long way.

On the other end of the spectrum, we often see recovery of broken bones or rehabilitation after surgery as a lengthy process. It’s not uncommon to spend weeks and months limited in your abilities or slowly rehabbing to get back to normal. It’s a process that’s often arduous and expected.

So where does chiropractic fall on the spectrum? It’s less invasive than surgery, but not as immediate as medication, which puts it somewhere in between. Chiropractic recovery timelines can vary dramatically based on the nature of the condition and the patient suffering from it.

On average, a Chiropractic BioPhysics (CBP) adjustment plan is mapped out over weeks and months. For someone with mild sciatica, this may seem like an inflated timeline; however, for someone with severe lordosis, it may not seem like enough time to fully correct the condition. It begs the question: what goes into a CBP adjustment schedule and why do Ideal Spine chiropractors execute these plans over weeks and months, instead of days?

Avoiding adjustment shock

The first and foremost reason for a prolonged adjustment period is to avoid “adjustment shock.” Simply put, this occurs when you try to do too much, too fast. Think of it like signing up for a marathon before you’ve even run a 5k. Attempting a massive undertaking without preparing the body means setting yourself up for agony and injury.

Trying to correct severe lordosis, for example, means retailoring the spine’s curvature through ongoing adjustments. Trying to push everything back into place over a period of a few days will be extremely uncomfortable for a patient, not to mention impossible due to the lack of support needed to ensure the changes take hold.

Adjustment shock usually takes the form of soreness and tenderness. You might feel sore when sitting or standing, or have difficulty going through your normal range of motion. It’s a sign you’ve done too much, and something your chiropractor will always strive to avoid.

Setting a foundation for change

As mentioned, chiropractic adjustments need time to take hold. Your back problems can’t be solved overnight, which means many of the catalysts that have caused misalignment will exist for a period during the adjustment process. These stressors will entice your spine into moving back into the position it’s being repositioned from.

A CBP schedule ensures a series of adjustments are made over routine intervals, with strengthening and postural changes being made in the interim. In a practical sense, this enables adjustments to take hold while the body develops the necessary support system to prevent re-shifting. Over time, adjustments will compound in the move towards realignment, restoring positive curvature to the spine that can be maintained for wellness moving forward.

Verifiable benefits

Finally, the step-by-step nature of a CBP adjustment schedule enables chiropractors to check in on the status of an adjustment plan. If radiological films show setbacks in the process or changes are taking hold as they should be, the schedule can be adapted more easily than if they were more contingent upon time.

Patients may not outright understand the reason for 12 or more visits to correct a spinal condition – especially if they feel better after just a few. Chiropractors must help patients understand the benefits that come with seeing the entire adjustment schedule through, and why that schedule occurs over weeks and months, instead of days.

Chiropractic BioPhysics® corrective care trained Chiropractors are located throughout the United States and in several international locations. CBP providers have helped thousands of people throughout the world realign their spine back to health, and eliminate a source of chronic back pain, chronic neck pain, chronic headaches and migraines, fibromyalgia, and a wide range of other health conditions. If you are serious about your health and the health of your loved ones, contact a CBP trained provider today to see if you qualify for care. The exam and consultation are often FREE. See www.CBPpatient.com for providers in your area.