Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain can present in several different ways but often is related to either direct trauma like an impact during sport or a fall, or as a slow progressive pain often related to a repetitive nature or unknown cause.

Some of the common shoulder problems are local muscle (rotator cuff) strains and ligament sprains, frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), bursitis, shoulder joint and A/C joint sprains or degenerative changes, rotator cuff tears and tendinopathy among many others.

Dull ache and sharp shooting pains in and around the shoulder, and sometimes down the arm or into shoulder blade (scapula) are the common complaints along with shoulder stiffness and inability to do overhead movements or pain during movement in general.

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COMMON CAUSES OF SHOULDER PAIN:

As mentioned before shoulder pain is usually divided into two main categories, either traumatic and sudden in nature or slow and progressive, the following are commonly seen:

  • Poor posture (loss of proper shoulder shape and alignment of joint)
  • Trauma (sports injuries, fall, car accidents)
  • Repetitive movements in poor positions
  • Overuse injuries
  • Poor sleeping or sitting positions

Once any serious pathology or injury is ruled out, the likely reason for wrist pain/numbness is due to poor posture. If the bones in the spine are not aligned well, it can place excess tension on the nerves that exit the neck region resulting in pain and loss of sensation down the arm or in the hand.

This loss of normal spinal alignment can also cause a shift in normal shoulder and elbow position thus causing the wrist joint and carpal bones to lose normal mechanical function, leading to aches and pains in the area.

HOW TO MANAGE SHOULDER PAIN: 

Once disease or pathology of shoulder pain has been ruled out, the common reason for its cause is poor posture.

If the bony alignment of the spine is dysfunctional it will impact the shape of the ribs and the way the shoulder blade (scapula) sits on them. This will lead to improper alignment and function of the shoulder joint leading to excess stress and pressure on surrounding soft tissues.

TREAT THE PAIN AND SYMPTOMS or CORRECT THE CAUSE?

There are two ways people look to help shoulder pain:

1. Treat the pain and symptoms:

Medication is often a ‘quick fix’ method for helping shoulder pain, along with many other therapies that solely focus reducing the symptoms. While this may help remove the immediate pain, it is a short-term solution and does not correct the underlying cause of the problem, your spinal alignment. The problem is likely to return. Pain treatment, without ever addressing the root cause of shoulder pain, can result in an ongoing and increasing need for medication. As you age, mobility can be severely impacted, and ongoing shoulder pain can decrease quality of life.

2. Correct the cause of the problem:

Imagine being able to identify the cause of your shoulder pain and resolving that issue!
Treatment with ABC™, through real and immediate correction of the body structure results in improved spinal alignment and posture. Over time this process will both improve the symptoms and lead to long term resolution of the structural cause of shoulder pain.

HOW ADVANCED BIO-STRUCTURAL CORRECTION™ HELPS SHOULDER PAIN:

Our Chiropractic method, Advanced Bio-Structural Correction™ (ABC™) is a hands on therapy that corrects spinal alignment and posture.

ABC™ is a therapy that looks at the body as a whole and not just individual parts operating separately from each other. By acknowledging that the body is a single, whole functioning unit, we can get to the root of your body issues and truly correct them while preventing issues from developing in the future. Correcting your structural alignment from top to bottom takes pressure off the muscles, ligaments, discs, and nerves in your back. Removing these pressures helps the body to heal naturally.

ABC™ consists broadly of manoeuvres such as spinal stretches, hands on adjustments of the spine, ribs, and lower extremities which result in consistent and predictable results including postural correction. Correcting your spinal alignment with Advanced Bio- Structural Correction™ helps you get real and immediate relief from shoulder pain, as well as preventing the problem from returning in the future.

In short, ABC™ is a holistic healthcare system aimed at not only improving symptoms but helping bodies to function and feel their best. By improving posture through this therapy, one will notice ease in breathing, clarity in the head, and often a sense balance in the body.

PREVENTION:

At Total Balance Chiropractic our goal is to fix bodies and help prevent injuries from returning. Ultimately, we want to make your body work well so you can enjoy life uninhibited by pain ensuring you have quality of life not just quantity. Once posture is corrected, it is recommended to keep it in good shape. This is best managed through a protective adjustment periodically, along with our advice around day to day living.