Chiropractic care is a natural solution to help relieve and manage pain, especially in the shoulder and elbow region. Shoulder pain is often the result of whole groups of muscles that are irritated and may be working against one another due to incorrect posture.
Shoulder Pain & Fibromyalgia
The most common source of shoulder pain is Fibromyalgia. Fibromyalgia is a non-inflammatory chronic condition accruing in the soft tissue areas of the body generally causing pain and tenderness particularly in the neck, shoulder pain, and low back regions. Fibromyalgia can often be accompanied by:
- Lack of sleep
- Memory loss
- Mood issues
Many researchers believe that fibromyalgia can not only amplify painful feelings but also affect how the brain processes pain signals.
Treating Shoulder Pain
Treating pain in the shoulder may involve adjusting the spine and neck. It also may involve posture correction and muscle relaxation techniques. In most cases, shoulder pain can be related to over-use of the muscles or incorrect posture such as forward head posture. Long periods of sitting where the shoulders are rolled forward in toward the chest can cause upper back and shoulder issues.
For pain that is significant, we have pain-relief methods that are highly sensitive and gentle such as Wave Therapy or Acupuncture. We also have no issues of referring patients to shoulder specialists when necessary.
Forward Head Posture
Forward Head Posture is often a source of shoulder pain because of the incorrect position of the head, neck, and shoulders. Subluxations, also known as misalignment of the spine or vertebrae, in the neck and upper back area are extremely common due to the high degree of stress associated with holding up your head, coupled with the high degree of instability in the cervical spine.
Most subluxations tend to be centered around four areas: the top of the cervical spine where it meets the skull; in the middle of the cervical spine where the mechanical stress from the head is the greatest; in the transition where the cervical and thoracic areas of the spine meet; and in the middle of the thoracic spine where the mechanical stress from the weight of the upper body is greatest.
Signs of subluxation include looking in the mirror and seeing your head tilted or one shoulder higher than the other. Often women will notice that their sleeve length is different or that a necklace is hanging off center. If someone looks at you from the side they may notice that your head sits forward from your shoulders.
This is known as FHP – forward head posture – and is very common for people who are stooping over their computers all day long. Subluxations are a debt to the body. If they are not taken care of soon after they occur, then they can get much worse over time due to the accumulation of compounding interest.
Schedule a Treatment
Our staff is dedicated to helping you relieve shoulder pain in a timely and gentle manner. We will assess your needs and provide you with a healing strategy to help you get back to a pain-free lifestyle. To schedule a treatment, please fill out the form below.