The musculoskeletal system is comprised of muscles, tendons, ligaments, bones, and joints. These, along with associated tissues, allow the body to move and maintain a person’s structure and form. Discomfort within the muscle, bones, or tissues can be brought on by sudden incidents, accidents, or part of an ongoing condition.
The musculoskeletal exam is a brief screening of the musculoskeletal system used in routine clinical assessments. This exam is highly effective at detecting significant abnormalities of the musculoskeletal system. The process involves a careful inspection and various testing of the body to determine any joint swelling or abnormal posture, as well as assessing the joints for normal movement. Main elements for this assessment includes range of motion, bending, flexing, reaching, rotating and resisting certain areas of the body.
Positive lifestyle choices or changes can be the first step in dramatically improving musculoskeletal health. Providing the body with proper nutritional support can aid musculoskeletal health by addressing the factors involved in chronic inflammation or for joints affected by arthritis. Regular exercise also helps to improve flexibility and strength in the structural anatomy of your musculoskeletal system. At Virginia Hill Chiropractic your comprehensive care is combined with musculoskeletal exams, nutrition counseling, and corrective exercises to help maintain overall health and wellbeing.