March 06, 2018
Sometimes, it's more than a simple spinal misalignment that can be causing pain or other symptoms in the body. As a chiropractor, I have been trained to identify and correct single spinal misalignments with a chiropractic adjustment, but sometimes there can be other, different issues with the joints themselves.
One of these other spinal conditions that can cause problems is called a facet imbrication, which is essentially jammed spinal joints.
This oftentimes happens after a fall or any kind of jamming motion of the spine, and can also occur from sitting too much particularly with poor posture and lack of abdominal/core muscle tone. It happens most commonly in the low back and neck.
When the spinal facet joints become jammed, or compacted, it can cause pain, muscle spasm, and even irritated nerve roots, which can go on to cause symptoms such as radiating pain, numbness, and tingling which is experienced for example in sciatica.
Thankfully, with my tool of Applied Kinesiology muscle testing, I have learned how to detect when a jammed spinal joint is the culprit. Unlike typical traditional chiropractic adjustments, a jammed joint requires a different and specific type of fix! I must traction the spine at the level where the jam is, by holding onto the patients leg, and give a quick, strong pull to separate the joints. In the neck, I traction the neck for a few moments, and then give a gentle, quick pull headwards to separate the neck joints. The majority of times, this is immediately relieving to the patient.
I am so grateful to my tool of Applied Kinesiology to help me determine when it is a facet imbrication or "joint jam" causing issues, and for teaching me exactly how to correct this!