Shoulder Pain ?
You don’t realize how much you rely on your shoulders for everyday activities until one or both have been injured or are out of alignment. Anyone who has reached for something on the top shelf in the kitchen and winced in pain knows what we’re talking about. The good news is that a few trips to your favorite chiropractor can help relieve shoulder pain.
For most people, the shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body. Surrounded by nerves, bursa, tendons, and other tissues that can experience or cause irritation, it’s not surprising that shoulder pain affects millions of people in the United States each year. Depending on the cause and specifics of your own shoulder condition, there’s a good chance chiropractic care can help.
If you have lost range of motion to the point where you can’t reach up above your head, behind your back, or you avoid using your shoulder due to a lingering sprain, strain, or muscle tear.
Chiropractic shoulder adjustments
Your shoulders can move out of alignment, leading to issues such as inflammation, pain, and muscle spasms. When this happens, gentle chiropractic adjustments to your shoulder can be performed to restore normal alignment. In addition to manual shoulder adjustments, the treatment may involve the use of equipment, such as a drop table piece or simple hands on approach. Having your upper back and neck adjusted may also help minimize shoulder pain.
Treatment for posture issues
Poor posture from sitting for prolonged periods during work or downtime can lead to a condition known as postural syndrome. This common condition is happens when your shoulders roll forward and down, toward your chest, while your upper back slouches. Meanwhile, your head juts forward, centering over your chest. Chiropractic care can help improve the effects of postural syndrome and teach you ways to maintain proper posture: when your ears line up over your shoulders, which stay back, down, and relaxed. Home exercises and structural corrective exercises can help to prevent future occurrence of shoulder pains.
The health benefits of chiropractic care include:
- Reduced inflammation
- Reduced pain
- Improved flexibility
- Improved range of motion
- Increased muscle strength and tone
These benefits are important not only for your short-term ease, but for preventing harm to your shoulders and surrounding body areas moving forward. Improvements in flexibility, motion, and muscle strength can lower your odds of falls, fractures, and sprains, for example. The education you’ll gain from the process can also serve as preventive medicine, allowing you to maintain better posture and other benefits for the long term.