You may already know that doctors of chiropractic are trained to treat pain in the back and neck, but did you know that chiropractic care can work to treat and improve shoulder pain as well? As it turns out, the mechanisms that allow for proper shoulder movement are closely tied to those that create proper functioning in the neck and back muscles, all thanks to the strength of the spinal column. Unfortunately, when the spinal column is experiencing poor health, this health issue tends to have a ripple effect that expands across the back and to the neck and shoulders.
If you have been experiencing shoulder pain on a regular basis, you probably want to know what you can do to not only treat the issue and find pain relief, but also how to prevent future instances of shoulder pain from occurring later on down the line as well. I learned all about the mechanics of shoulder movement and function from a very informative article by How Cast, and I am glad to share the knowledge that I learned from the article here with you.
If you want to understand what is causing your shoulder pain, it definitely helps to understand how the shoulder works. The shoulder is known in the medical community as a ball and socket joint, where your arm is the “ball” that fits right into the socket of your shoulder joint. This natural ball and socket mechanism can allow for great flexibility and movement in this area of the body, as it can promote flexing, bending, and rotating as well. The ligaments and soft tissues in this are vital for allowing this to happen in a healthy manner.
Unfortunately, when the joint is strained by being used incorrectly, pain and stiffness can occur as a result of inflammation in the soft tissues and ligaments. Lifting and carrying heavy objects in a poor posture is one way to cause strain to the shoulder joint, as is poor posture while hunched over a computer screen, with your shoulders rolled forward too much. Over time, this can cause strains and injuries in the shoulder to worsen, to the point where joint degeneration may occur and make the pain and stiffness that much worse.
Chiropractic care can help solve this issue. Patients who receive regular chiropractic adjustments to any joints that are being used often, such as the shoulders, tend to experience reduced instances of pain, as well as improved flexibility in the area. This is mostly due to the fact that chiropractic adjustments relieve tension in strained joints while preventing inflammation from occurring.
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