How To Relieve Shoulder Pain

A snowboarder has a bad fall. A volleyball player overworks in practice. A student carries an overweight backpack. Any of these individuals may experience high levels of discomfort in their shoulders. Shoulder pain is oblivious to the seasons and may be experienced by anyone at any time. With natural chiropractic treatment, it is possible to obtain shoulder pain relief and take measures to prevent pain in the future.

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What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Proper functionality in the shoulder depends on the ball-and-socket-like arrangement of the humerus and scapula. These bones are in turn supported and strengthened by various muscles, tendons and ligaments. When any of these components are injured and malfunctioning, you may experience shoulder pain. Injuries may occur when playing sports that incorporate significant use of the shoulders, such as volleyball and tennis. Everyday manual activities can also lead to shoulder pain if they are performed repeatedly.

Shoulder pain is often related to stretched and torn ligaments, tissues and muscles. For example, the rotator cuff consists of four tendons that play a role in the shoulder’s range of motion. When these tendons are strained, shoulder pain may occur. Because the shoulder joint is responsible for moving the shoulder up and down and in circles, any sort of inflammation in the joint can lead to discomfort and decreased mobility. The pain may also be caused by irritated nerves in the neck or back.

How Can a Chiropractor Help?

It is possible to treat shoulder pain by icing and rested the affected area. However, a chiropractor is trained to understand the alignment and structure of the body. Using this knowledge, he or she can identify and address the underlying cause of pain. After diagnosing the cause of pain, a trained professional may perform treatments:

  • Manual shoulder adjustment

  • Shoulder adjustments with specialized equipment

  • Neck and upper back adjustment

  • Joint manipulation

  • Soft tissue massage

Visiting a chiropractor is a natural way to relieve shoulder pain without committing to an operation or medication. Even if you do not suffer from severe shoulder pain, advice from a chiropractor can help improve your range of motion. This is especially beneficial for older individuals who may experience a decrease in their range of motion as tissues around the shoulders degenerate.

Are There Ways To Prevent Shoulder Pain?

Pain in the shoulder is not only uncomfortable, but it can also be inconvenient, especially for those who regularly engage in manual tasks. You can prevent injuries by strengthening the muscles that surround the shoulder and by warming up the region with arm circles before exercising. Engaging in proper posture keeps the neck, shoulders, back and hips aligned, and correct alignment is a way to prevent injury in joints throughout the entire body. In an evaluation, a chiropractor can recommend further case-specific preventive measures, lifestyle changes and muscle-strengthening exercises.

At Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy, we work closely with our patients and use our knowledge to help them improve overall functionality. Take the first step toward pain relief today and contact Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy by calling 855-276-6664.