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An Overview of Joints and the Advantages of Chiropractic Care

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Joints are critical parts of the body for motion and movement.  A joint is any place where two bones meet.  Healthy joints allow for full range of motion so we can work, run, jump, and perform daily tasks.  Major joints such as the elbow, knee, hip, and shoulder are important, but so are smaller joints in the hands, fingers, and toes.  Taking care of our joints will increase their function and ability to withstand wear and tear over time.  Let’s take a look at the different types of joints and what chiropractic care can do for joint health.

Joint Types

Ball and Socket: This joint is exactly as it sounds: a round part of the bone that is shaped like a ball and the socket that holds the ball in place.  Hips and shoulders are ball and socket joints.  This type of joint is one of the most mobile joints and allows for circular movements, rotations, and bending and flexing extensions.

Pivot: The neck is a perfect example of a pivot joint.  This joint has the ability to rotate or perform a circular motion but with no gliding.  The neck can move back and forth as you turn your head side to side or you can roll the pivot joints in the neck.

Gliding: A gliding joint, like the wrist, can move in several different directions. In the case of the wrist, the carpal bones are like two surfaces sliding smoothly along one plane.

Hinge:  A hinge joint is just like the hinge of a door that allows for flexion and extension along one plane.  Just as a door opens and closes on a hinge, our hinge joints go back and forth on one axis.  The bones with a hinge joint are rounded on one side and concave on the other, which allows for the reaching or extension motion.  Examples of a hinge joint are elbows, toes, and fingers that can be bent and straightened on a hinge joint.

Saddle: When you think of a saddle joint, think of how a saddle slides over a horse.  That is how the bones of a saddle joint fit together, hence the name.  The saddle joint can move in many directions but without sliding.  The thumb is an example of a saddle joint that goes in many directions, yet the joint stays put and doesn’t slide.

Condyloid: Condyloid joints, also known as ellipsoidal joints, can flex and extend with some limited rotational movement.  The radio-carpal joint, where the end of the forearm meets the wrist, is an example of this joint.  It can bend and straighten with some rotation as well.

Chiropractic Care for Joint Health

Our joints can do amazing things, but they are also prone to wear and tear over time.  To promote joint health and functionality for an extended period of time, consider chiropractic care from a Charlotte chiropractor.  Dr. Grant Lisetor of Greater Life Chiropractic is experienced in providing chiropractic care for joint health which can increase range of motion for problematic joints.  Misalignments of the spine can also affect joint health.  They cause nerve interference that will only exacerbate joint problems such as arthritis and can cause further deterioration of joints.

Regular chiropractic care from Dr. Lisetor is a great way to improve joint function and joint health, as well as overall health and wellness.  To increase the function of the central nervous system and take care of your joints, contact Dr. Grant and his team today.



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