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Old 02-09-2012, 09:24 AM   #1
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Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

I have a long history of ankle sprains on both sides. It's been enough that x-rays are pretty much useless due to scar tissue gumming up the view. Over the last couple of years, I seem to go through bouts of calf strains that take a couple of months to fully clear up and really set me back. A couple of people have told me they had similar histories and ultimately had a chiropractor adjust their ankles and the problems cleared right up. Does anyone have any experience with this? Thanks.
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Old 02-09-2012, 09:51 AM   #2
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Re: Chiropractic ankle adjustment?

Yeah. When you sprain your ankle(inversion sprain or when it turns out ward) your fibula drops down and forward and your talus can go anteriorly. Chiropractic manipulations by a good extremity doc can do a lot to heal something much faster as well as a good rehab program to keep it stable. Most Chiropractic Sport Physicians (look for CCSP after the D.C.) are good extremity adjusters and won't just look at your ankle. They should look up the whole chain and adjust your knee and hip as well. You always stabilize proximally (core) before you can stabilize in an extremity. Part of your problem could be dysfunctional movement patterns northward that if you don't correct them, you'll just keep having the same problem over and over again. Even the best athletes of Olympic caliber have dysfunctional movement patterns.
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Old 02-09-2012, 06:17 PM   #3
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Re: Chiropractic ankle adjustment?

Adjustments can/will help

But you STILL need to rehab correctly afterward so you increase your proprioception and strength so that you won't sprain in the future.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:16 AM   #4
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Re: Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

Thanks guys. Anyone ever have this done who can talk about the experience?
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:22 AM   #5
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Re: Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

I've had a few ankle sprains over the years. I'm not certain chiropractic treatment alone would have resolved all my issues, but its definitely an adjustment I like to get. Great for most people when you look at all the different foot orientations.
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Re: Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

Typically, it's either a mobilization of posterior talar glide or general joint distraction then couple with some range of motion work.... lots of examples here

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http://www.youtube.com/results?searc...e+mobilization

Otherwise, if it's displaced and you feel more of a bony block to the joint chiros or PTs can do grade V mobilization to the ankle to see if it will reset the talus to where it's supposed to be in the mortise
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Old 02-11-2012, 12:18 PM   #7
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I am a P.T. who has used posterior/superior mobilization/manipulation of the fibula with almost "magic" and immediate success on about 80-90% of my patients with chronic ankle sprain issues.. Search for P.T.s that have experience with Mulligan manual therapy coursework, or in you case, a chiropractor with similar experience.

Make sure to follow this up with proprioception and strength training. If the person you are dealing with doesn't offer this, RUN!
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:39 PM   #8
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Re: Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

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I am a P.T. who has used posterior/superior mobilization/manipulation of the fibula with almost "magic" and immediate success on about 80-90% of my patients with chronic ankle sprain issues.. Search for P.T.s that have experience with Mulligan manual therapy coursework, or in you case, a chiropractor with similar experience.

Make sure to follow this up with proprioception and strength training. If the person you are dealing with doesn't offer this, RUN!
Distal or proximal fibula?

I'm pretty interested in what you know on that!
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Old 02-11-2012, 01:48 PM   #9
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Re: Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

distal fib.... The theory is that with a sprain, you can get a distal and forward movement of the fibula from the ATF ligament pulling on it. This ligament is quite strong and with the movement, the arthrokenematics of the ankle, proprioception are obviously thrown off.. I guess you probably know that though! Hope this helps?
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Re: Chirpractic ankle adjustment?

Well, I' am shocked I could find this, but... Here you go!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TEjKhf-qDJU

You do the mob, then if it helps, then tape.. By the way, the tape is Kendall Wet-Pruf tape... Nothing else will do the job, trust me on this! If it does not work, it is usually because I am not doing the mobilization/ mobilization with movement in the correct direction or strong enough. Definitely needs some fairly skilled hands to be pulled off correctly, hope this helps.

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