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Shoulder Pain Chiropractic Treatment

Shoulder joint pain is common because the joint is a complex one. A chiropractor has a detailed knowledge of how this area all fits together and can make an assessment of whether things are moving properly and provide effective treatment that will alleviate pain.

A chiropractor will look more closely at what is causing your shoulder pain. We will investigate further than just your mechanical (musculoskeletal) system and check your neurological system to find the root cause of your shoulder pain. We will evaluate your neurological system in conjunction with the musculoskeletal system, as your neurological system controls every function of your body. Skipping this step may only relieve your pain over the short term.

Shoulder pain can be a result of trauma from sports injuries or other accidents, a sedentary lifestyle, postural issues or repetitive movement over a period of time (such as writing, texting or operating a computer mouse).

Chiropractors are trained to seek out the root of the issue. Often the “symptoms” are just the body’s way of informing us that there is something wrong.

How can a chiropractor help me with shoulder pain?

We treat any of the following problems and symptoms:

  • Sharp, stabbing or shooting pain
  • Dull aches
  • Pins and needles
  • Restrictions
  • Stiffness
  • Trapped nerve in neck
  • Referral pain from the neck
  • Neck or shoulder trauma
  • Rotator cuff issues
  • Labrum issues
  • Overuse or repetitive strain injuries(RSI)
  • Dislocated shoulder
  • Shoulder mobility issues
  • Bursitis

Shoulder pain treatment

Treatment will vary depending on the cause of your pain. Chiropractors have many methods available, including:

  • Manipulation or adjustments
  • Dry needling/ Medical acupuncture
  • Massage
  • Muscle release techniques
  • Trigger point therapy (which is a technique for getting a frozen muscle to release itself)

A chiropractor will also include advice and guidance on lifestyle changes and will incorporate strengthening exercises and stretching into your treatment sessions.

osteopaths vs chiropractors for long term pain

Interesting facts about shoulder pain

sciatica and sciatic pain Shoulder pain is very common and affect anyone, not just athletes
pain new or existing They are the most commonly injured joints in the body
off sick from work Often the rotator cuff muscles are affected
cost to business Joint with the greatest range of motion but the least stability, therefore is more susceptible to strain, repetition injuries and ageing
regular treatments Injuries are highly treatable (without surgery) if addressed early
alignment of your back Goals in treatment are: reduce inflammation, alleviate pain, strengthen muscle memory and improve range of motion
correct posture People with shoulder pain often avoid seeking prompt attention, making it worse and less amenable to non-surgical treatments