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Low Back Pain? It Could be your Ankle..Ankle Pain? It Could be your Low Back! Here's How..

“Dr. Mark- I’ve had low back pain for years but now for some reason my ankle hurts…by the way my GP says I have to get knee surgery because of the arthritis in it…the OTHER knee is just fine though- weird huh?”

It’s actually not weird at all.  Here’s why-

All the joints in your body are connected and many of them are working together in harmony to support and distribute your body weight and forces acting on your body 24/7.  This means that a problem in one joint can cause an issue in another.

This is called the ‘Kinetic Chain’- and means that force created in one area (like your foot striking the ground when you walk) is transferred to your ankle, then your knee, then your hip, then your pelvis and spine.

When bones in the foot or ankle become misaligned, it can create problems in the knee, which can cause problems in the hip, and then the low back AND vice-versa- it’s all connected!

Assuming the alignment of these joints is correct and you’re as fit and flexible as you should be, then this is happens like a well-orchestrated classical concerto.

If however, when you walk or run it feels more like an 80’s garage hair band doing a sound check then you likely have misalignment in one of these joints!

Damage from subluxated feet, ankles, hips, and low backs can accumulate without notice until it finally reaches a breaking point…

These small misalignments- called subluxations- are caused by stresses such as a sprained ankle from a past sports injury or poor posture at the desk over the course of years.  You may or may not feel these subluxations initially and your body does its best to adapt through things like forming arthritis, scar tissue, muscle imbalances, and postural leans to one side or the other until so much damage accumulates that it finally hits a breaking point, creates pain, and you finally notice it.

Thankfully, chiropractic can help- preferably BEFORE things get bad.

At Progressive Chiropractic we do this by locating the misaligned areas and adjusting them back into proper alignment after:

1.  Taking still xrays of the pelvis to determine if there is pelvic tilting or twisting causing uneven weight distribution

2.  Taking video motion xray of the spine to determine if the low back and spinal nerves are involved

3.  Assessing alignment and motion in A.)  The hips B.)  The bones of the feet  C.) The ankles and D.)  The knees

Once the kinetic chain is working properly, YOU start working properly too!

By realigning the affected areas the kinetic chain works better.  Scar tissue is broken up, muscles no longer have to be chronically tight to compensate, range of motion improves, weight is distributed more evenly, and most importantly- stress and irritation is taken off the nerve system- the system that controls ALL functions of the body!


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  1. Sports and Chiropractic – Why a Chiropractor can help you be at the Top of your Game | Victoria Chiropractor @ Progressive Chiropractic Dr. Mark Smith says
    Mar 12, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    […] the foundation and framework of your body. Within this structure there are a number of different kinetic chains that must coordinate and work together in order to perform certain movements. If any part of these […]

  2. Low Back Pain Chiropractor Victoria/Saanich BC says
    Jun 09, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    […] Other Causes: Disc Injuries and misalignment of the lower extremity joints are other reasons low back pain may arise. In the more rare cases it may be a more serious […]

  3. Foot Pain- Chiropractor Victoria/Saanich BC says
    Jul 08, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    […] in the foot, and can even cause issues upward into the knee, hip, pelvis, low back, and so on (discussed here). All of these issues are like alarm bells going off and should be telling you that there is a […]

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