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How Chiropractic Care Relieves Shoulder Pain?

Jun 24


Shoulder pain can affect between 4 and 26% of the population every year. This highly mobile part of our body is comprised of multiple joints. They are responsible for everything, from raising our arms above our heads to hugging loved ones. Here's some information to help you decide whether you need to see a Tacoma chiropractor help with shoulder discomfort.

Most Common Causes of Shoulder Pain

The shoulder joint, which is also referred to as the shoulder girdle, is a complex and mobile structure. It is composed of two main joints (four in total).

  • Acromioclavicular joint: This is the place where the shoulder blade and clavicle meet in the back.

  • Glenohumeral joint: This is the region in which the humerus (the upper arm bone) is inserted into the socket of the shoulder (the "glenoid cavities").

The intricate network of muscles, ligaments, and tendons around these joints, which includes the rotator wrist, is extensive. The rotator wrist cuff is comprised of four muscles: the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, the subscapularis, and the teres major. These muscles keep your humerus in the glenoid cavity and permit you to raise your arms above your head.


Tendons join muscles and bones, while ligaments join muscles, which allows for easy movement. The labrum, which is a soft tissue covering the capsule of the shoulder joint and shaping the shape of the humerus’ head, is comprised of soft tissues. Bursa, a fluid-filled sac absorbs shock and permits movement in the joint of the glenohumeral.


The brachial complex consists of nerves running from the shoulder down to the armpit. It runs through the armpit. The nerves regulate all motion and pain signals in the hand, arm, and shoulder.

Any time can cause shoulder discomfort. It can be worse at night as the joint becomes stiff. The pain can be dull or intense and can feel as if there is a burning feeling in the shoulder joint. A sharp pain could be felt in several areas such as the middle back or shoulder, shoulder blades or neck, arm, and shoulder blades.


How can a chiropractor help with pain in the shoulder?

The best treatment for shoulder pain is chiropractic care. It's both safe and reliable. Look over the following.

  • A study conducted in 2012 of frozen shoulder cases found that 82% were fully resolved, with a maximum of 75% needing treatment.

  • Shoulder impingement chiropractic adjustment can alleviate weakness, pain, and numbness in the extremities.

  • For cases of shoulder dislocations, Chiropractic care can help reduce the possibility of repeating dislocations.

  • Chiropractic to treat Rotator Cuff Pain This is an alternative to therapy for rehabilitation and pain management with proven efficiency.

Chiropractic techniques

Your chiropractor will design the treatment plan you need for your shoulder pain. It could include hand-on adjustments or adjustments with special tables and tools. These are the most commonly used adjustments made by chiropractors for shoulder injuries.

  • Articulatory: This chiropractic technique enhances the motion range of a particular joint. in this case the shoulder joint. Your chiropractor will assist you to increase your range of motion by guiding it.

  • Myofascial Release: Myofascial relaxes tight connective tissue around the shoulder. These conditions can lead to or contribute to frozen shoulders along with other pain-related conditions that can limit the motion of your shoulder.

  • A referred shoulder injury can be caused by cervical spinal manipulation. Chiropractic spinal manipulation can be used to alleviate pain caused by pinched nerves. It concentrates on the balance of cervical vertebrae.

  • Functional technique: Functional techniques also enhance joint movement and reduce stiffness. The chiropractor will rotate the shoulder until it reaches the limit of its movement. Once that happens they'll release the pressure. The gentle pressure will eventually cause your joint capsule to loosen and become stiffer.

Direct thrust, as well as other techniques, may also be used by your chiropractor. Although it is not designed to treat shoulder injuries or other conditions, this technique uses a quick, rapid movement to align the spine. This type of chiropractic adjustment is necessary to help balance your body.

For more information please visit:

Finlayson Family Chiropractic

6201 Pacific Ave STE A, Tacoma, WA 98408

(253) 302–3750

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