This beautiful week after the July 4th holiday, I am taking some time to sit down and share something I learned and liked at the recent ICAK International Meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Dr. Eric Pierotti presented on nerve entrapment, particularly in the groin area. Nerve entrapments, in short, occur when a nerve gets constricted, compressed, or distorted. This can cause sharp, burning, or tingling pain, cramping, difficulty walking, muscle weakness, and more.
I appreciate that within the world of Applied Kinesiology, we learn the various many possible causes of pain and symptoms. We are not limited to simply assessing and treating spinal joint pain, but also ligaments, nerves, discs, organs, and more. In this case with Dr. Pierotti, we learned how nerve lesions can cause pain, how to asses for this, and how to treat it.
Many of my patients present with complaints about their lower back, hips and/or legs. Dr. Pierotti taught us how to check for inguinal canal (groin area on each side) nerve entrapment in this area. As usual, the assessment involves certain muscles that will muscle test weak if the nerves/vessels running through this canal are in fact compromised, as well as certain orthopedic tests to see if pain or clicking in the area is produced.
Dr. Pierotti then taught us how to treat this condition, which involves manual work to the ligament in this area. Now, not only can I asses for spinal misalignments in the hips/low back/lower extremities, I can asses and treat possible nerve compression in this area as well, which may very well be contributing to the pain that people experience in the lower body.
Thanks to Dr. Pierotti for sharing his wisdom, and thanks to my patients, family and friends for reading!
There's good reasons why I ask my patients to walk- both in the middle of a treatment and/or at the end of a treatment (up and down our runway, the hallway), and after the treatment, when they get home or later in the day!
I often ask my patients to walk in the middle of a session, after we have made a few corrections, and then again at the end of the session. I do this for the reasons listed in this infographic below, such as letting the adjustments "settle in", increasing neurological input from joint motion to the brain, allowing certain muscles to relax, and more.
I also do this to watch my patients gait and posture as they walk, so I can identify any further corrections I need to make, or gain insights into what else we need to work on in the treatment session.
I also check in with my patients during the walking, to see if anything feels off to the patient, if anything is jumping out at them, or if the pain has moved/resolved, etc. My patients and I always work as a team to complete the treatment.
I also commonly tell my patients not to work out the day of and/or for a few days after the treatment, but to go for a walk that evening or do a lot of walking over the next few days. This is for the reasons listed in the infographic below as well! One of the best things that you can do after a chiropractic adjustment, is go walking. Use it as an opportunity to get outside, and to support and help your body in its healing process.
This past weekend, I attended an Applied Kinesiology annual meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.
I learned some great new things and met some great new docs, and I'll be sharing some of what I learned in the weeks to come with various informational posts.
I miss all of my patients very much though! We truly look forward to seeing everyone back in the office on June 16th, our first day back! Until we are back in the office, I will not have any phone or voicemail access. The best way to contact us in this time is via email. We will reply as soon as we are able. Thank you!
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