Shoulder Pain and the Spine

Posted on Sep 8, 2019

Do you work on a computer all day and sometimes experience shoulder pain? This is not an uncommon occurrence for many office workers all over the country, including folks here in Minnesota. Think of all the people hunched over keyboards, putting themselves in weird postures and positions during the day!

While most people go to the chiropractor for neck or back pain, it’s not unusual for people with shoulder pain to pay a visit to a chiropractic office like Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake. That’s because chiropractors deal with several body parts and muscle groups, including the shoulders. You see, chiropractors see a link between shoulder pain and the spine– and dealing with the spine is their bread-and-butter. Oftentimes, shoulder pain is caused by joint and/or tissue irritation. Chiropractors use hand manipulation to relieve irritation in the areas of the body connecting the shoulders with the spine.

Normally the shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. Pain happens when tendons, muscles or ligaments around the joint stretch and/or tear, shifting out of alignment. Chiropractors make adjustments to distract the joint and/or shift it forward or backward, into its proper place.
Besides manual adjustments, where the chiropractor uses his or her hands, the use of a drop table piece, speeder board or reflex-type hammer tool might be involved. And, oftentimes, chiropractors will adjust the neck and upper back, since they’re associated with the shoulders.

Ultimately, with shoulder pain, posture matters. For those sitting and typing all day, it’s likely that their shoulders have rolled forward and in toward the chest, while their upper back slouches in a forward position. Meanwhile, a person’s head juts forward at the chin, centered over their chest. This can lead to shoulder pain. The better posture for the upper body involves shoulders down, relaxed and back, such that the upper/mid-back are in line with the lower back and hips.

Perhaps you’ve been experiencing shoulder pain because of the way you sit and type at your office desk all day. Isn’t it time to make some changes? Why not try chiropractic care and see if it helps? Make an appointment at Lakewoods Chiropractic in Forest Lake, MN, by calling 651-464-0800 or emailing [email protected].

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