If you experience shoulder pain, stiffness, or discomfort, you’re far from alone. In fact, by some estimates, more than 50% of Americans experience acute or chronic shoulder pain at some point during their lives.
Your shoulder is an incredible joint with so many functions: It allows you to scratch your head, hoist things up, open doors, wash your hair, and more. But your shoulders’ phenomenal range of motion comes at the expense of stability, which means your shoulders are very susceptible to injury.
Many people treat shoulder pain with over-the-counter pain medications without ever getting to the root cause of their discomfort. At Chicago Chiropractic Center, we want you to know there’s a better way — a gentle, non-invasive chiropractic adjustment.
Shoulder pain can generally be classified in two categories: joint irritation and tissue irritation. Sometimes shoulder pain comes on abruptly, but often it develops gradually over a period of time.
Factor in the everyday wear-and-tear your shoulders endure with their extremely mobile nature, and it’s no surprise they click, groan, and ache.
Some common causes of shoulder pain include:
Chiropractic adjustments, also called spinal manipulation, loosen and align the joints of the your spine. This gentle, hands-on procedure frees nerves that are stuck in their nerve routes, reducing pain caused by pinched nerves, muscle spasms, strains, and other factors.
Some benefits you might experience after chiropractic care for shoulder pain include:
In conjunction with your chiropractic treatment plan, we may also prescribe stretching and home exercises to ensure your shoulder pain stays at bay. You may also opt to undergo soft tissue massage to loosen muscle knots in your shoulders to relieve pain.
Licensed chiropractors like our Dr. Anne Gordon at Chicago Chiropractic Center can safely administer adjustments to your shoulder. Routine chiropractic care can provide you with a safe, non-invasive alternative to medications, which a medical doctor might prescribe to manage pain and swelling.
A chiropractic adjustment of your shoulder can gently shift your shoulder joint forward or backward, which reduces joint restrictions and misalignments. This can reduce inflammation and improve functionality of both your joint and your entire nervous system, giving your body the ability to better manage pain in your shoulder and other areas.
Your chiropractic treatment plan depends on your particular situation. Not everyone needs long-term care — in fact, some patients feel 100% after just one or two adjustments. But you may need longer-term care if your pain is chronic or stems from a traumatic event, such as a car accident or a sports injury.
If you experience shoulder pain, discomfort, or stiffness, the first step to feeling better is consulting our experts at Chicago Chiropractic Center. Give us a call or book an appointment online.