I often encounter patients or people at health fairs who are surprised to learn chiropractors work on more than just back and necks. While it is true we specialize in restoring proper nerve flow by removing any interference in the vertebra of the back and neck, chiropractors are also trained in diagnosing and correcting subluxations or misalignments of the arms and legs.
I wanted to dig into this subject a little more with this post because I have actually just completed extra certification as a Certified Chiropractic Extremity Practitioner or CCEP. Now you are probably thinking what on earth does that mean? To become a CCEP you must take an additional seven courses, each focused on a different aspect of extremity adjusting. The classes included: Upper Extremity Adjusting, Lower Extremity Adjusting, Ribs and TMJ Adjusting, Foot Gait and Orthotics, Principle of Rehabilitation, Global Assessment, and my most recent class which finished up my certification Soft Tissue.
Gaining this extra training and certification allows me to find and effectively treat problems of the feet, knees, hips, shoulders, elbows, and wrists. Also, soft tissues, such as the muscles and ligaments, are often the cause of pain and dysfunction in the extremities. Like my ART training, becoming a CCEP has also helped me to relieve pain more effectively and improve the function of extremity soft tissue. I have had numerous individuals and athletes find that by correcting problems with their extremities they are able to accomplish their goals and live the life they want,pain free. If you you would like to learn more about a condition affecting you please don’t hesitate to give us a call and schedule a no obligation consulation today at: (515) 232-9075.