How Can a Chiropractor Help with My Shoulder Pain?

Woman receiving soft tissue therapy for shoulder pain at a chiropractic clinic

Are you tired of living with nagging shoulder pain? Do you find yourself unable to perform simple daily tasks like reaching for objects or lifting weights? If so, you may want to consider visiting a chiropractor for assistance.

Understanding Shoulder Pain

Chiropractors are known for helping with spinal pain and restrictions and providing relief for back pain, but did you know that they can also help with shoulder pain? Shoulder pain can be caused by a variety of factors, including muscle strain, repetitive use, rotator cuff injury, dislocated shoulder, frozen shoulder, or pinched nerves.

The first step to receiving chiropractic care for your shoulder pain is to schedule an appointment with a chiropractor that treats extremities. During your initial visit, your chiropractor will conduct a series of tests and assessments to determine the underlying cause of your shoulder pain. From there, they will create a customized treatment plan to address your specific needs.

Chiropractic Techniques for Shoulder Pain


One of the most commonly used treatments for shoulder pain is spinal manipulation. This technique involves applying controlled force to the joints of the shoulder, neck, and upper back in order to properly align them. By aligning these structures, chiropractors can improve the range of motion, reduce inflammation, and increase blood flow to the affected areas.

In addition to spinal manipulation, chiropractors often recommend other forms of treatment as well. This may include soft tissue therapy, such as massage, graston, active release, muscle flossing, or stretching, to help reduce muscle tension, adhesions, decrease scar tissue, and promote proper shoulder movement. They may also recommend exercises that you can do at home to help improve your posture and strengthen the muscles in your shoulder.

Another treatment that chiropractors may use is electric muscle stimulation. Electrical muscle stimulation involves sending electrical impulses through the skin. This stimulation may help repair tissue, decrease inflammation, and relax muscles.

Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain

At our office, Health in Motion Chiropractic we also have a Nurse Practitioner on staff who can help with trigger point therapy, platelet rich plasma injections for regeneration and repair of many tears, bursitis, tendonitis, or arthritis in the shoulder joint.  With a team approach to your shoulder pain, we are able to conservatively treat many shoulder complaints without the need for drugs or surgery. 

Chiropractic care can be an effective, drug-free way to help manage shoulder pain. Your chiropractor will work with you to create a personalized plan that addresses your specific needs and helps you get back to your normal routine. If you are experiencing shoulder pain, consider reaching out to our office, Health in Motion Chiropractic to schedule an appointment.

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