The elbow and wrist, like the shoulder, are both joints that play large roles in all that we do, athletics included. The elbow is comprised of three bones, the humerus, radius, and ulna. It is a hinge joint, which oddly enough, is not a balanced hinge.
That is to say, the inside and the outside of the elbow can close or open up on itself depending on the activity involved. This is ultimately a good thing, as the three-bone construction also allows the joint to rotate. But since the forces on the elbow aren’t distributed evenly, many ailments come about from its design and problems are fairly common.
For decades, scientific research has focused on the use of chiropractic adjustments for low back pain, neck pain and headaches.1-3 In fact, there is now clear evidence to recommend chiropractors as the go-to professionals for spinal pain syndromes. However, with the rising popularity of wellness- based philosophies focused on non-traditional approaches to health, chiropractors are being asked to justify their role.
The traditional medical model of symptom-based healthcare is rapidly waning. We no longer feel we have to be sick to call upon a health profes- sional for advice. Instead, we are focusing more on the detrimental effects stress has on our bodies, and the therapies that address the mind-body connection are getting much more attention.
In a recent report from the Center for Disease Control, the four most popular forms of alternative and complemen- tary medicine were listed as: natural products, deep breathing, meditation and chiropractic!4
People are casting their votes with their healthcare dollars and chiropractors are taking a leadership role in this new wellness model. As a profession whose core philosophy is about the optimization of the brain- body communication network, chiro- practic can be viewed as a therapy with an emphasis on whole body health and wellness
Research is catching up to what chiropractors have known for years. In a recent study that reviewed all the available research to date, investigators found that “chiropractic adjustments, often for the purpose of correcting vertebral subluxation, confer measur- able health benefits to people regard- less of the presence or absence of symptoms.”5 More people are seeking what chiropractic offers: optimization of health and an improved quality of life, with a spine free of vertebral subluxations!