Besides back pain, shoulder pain is one of the most common things people experience at some time in their lives. You have shoulder pain if you have a hard time using your arm and/or carrying objects around. If the pain has been persistent for a week, or it’s recurring even though it had seemed to settle down a while back, then you might want to consider making an appointment at New City Chiropractic Center for some relief.

Does your shoulder ache at night? Can you raise your arm or not? Have you noticed swelling or bruising at your shoulders? Most people take pills to ease their shoulder pain, and while the pills may mask the pain, they don’t get to the root of the problem.

If you’re experiencing shoulder pain, then somewhere inside your body around the shoulder(s) you’ve had inflammation. Resting the joint that seems to be having inflammation is a good first step to making yourself feel better. Too much rest, though, could lead to frozen shoulder, which you do not want. Besides giving your shoulder/joint some rest, ice packs or heat pads may help. Meanwhile, stretching the muscles and tendons of the shoulder, if done correctly, can help relieve the pain. A chiropractor can not only show you the right way to stretch your shoulders, but also how to exercise them so they feel better.

Keep in mind that things inside your body are connected, so if there’s a problem in the shoulder, there may be a problem in your neck and/or mid-back. Chiropractic care for shoulder pain is done to address any problems in that general region of the body, which could include rotator cuff tears, bursitis, tendonitis, or ligament injuries. If something is dislocated then it’s not in the proper place. Therefore, a chiropractor typically uses hand manipulation techniques to gently nudge it back to its right location. When anything in the body is not where it’s supposed to be, inflammation occurs, which leads to pressure and pain.

Muscle spasms, inflammation and pain can all be quelled by chiropractic care. Adjusting the shoulder may involve a chiropractor’s hands and/or a “drop table piece,” a “speeder board,” or a hammer tool. Meanwhile, the chiropractor will often adjust parts of the back and neck to further alleviate the person’s overall discomfort.

If you have– or think you have– shoulder pain, visit New City Chiropractic Center in order to feel better and heal quickly and naturally. For an appointment, call 845-634-8877.