The shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint, capable of moving in many different directions. This amazing fact also makes the shoulder very susceptible to injury. Shoulder injuries can significantly affect your daily activities.
Proper spinal alignment and posture is critical to proper shoulder function.
The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint that is held together by numerous muscles, ligaments and tendons. Because of this there are many potential conditions that arise within the shoulder. Conditions affecting the shoulder: bursitis, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), rotator cuff tears and strains, tendinopathies, sprains of the A/C joint and many more.
Common causes of shoulder problems:
Poor posture/spinal alignment (particularly rounded shoulders).
Repetitive movements (painting, plastering)
Overuse/repetitive strain injuries
Poor sleeping posture
What is the most common cause of shoulder pain?
Once any underlying disease or problem has been ruled out, the most common cause of shoulder pain is mechanical in nature.
In particular, spinal misalignment and poor posture. When the shoulder joints move forward, significant stress and strain is placed on the surrounding joints and muscles. This leads to a range of dysfunctions. Neck alignment also plays an important role in shoulder problems.
How can chiropractic help shoulder pain?
There can be many factors in the cause of your shoulder pain, so it is essential that we provide an accurate diagnosis.
During this examination, we will perform a series of orthopaedic, neurological, postural and musculoskeletal tests to find out what the problem is. Once we have all this information, we will inform you of our findings.
From there we will create a personalised treatment plan, designed to help you recover naturally. Our treatment approach will include spinal adjustments, adjustments to the joints of the body, especially the upper extremities, muscle work, plus the prescription of rehabilitation exercises and stretches designed to improve your posture.
In the case of shoulder pain, we will also examine the lifestyle factors that have led to the injury and help you make the necessary modifications to prevent future cases.
We use a variety of different chiropractic techniques, from manual adjustment to gentle, low force techniques. Depending on your needs and body type, we will provide you with a treatment style that suits your body.