Chiropractic and Shoulder Pain


Most shoulder problems can be traced to improper muscular activity. This may be the result of an injury that hasn’t healed entirely, or there may be other factors at work.

When a muscle becomes weak, an imbalance is created because its antagonist muscle become tight.  In the short term, this unequal tension causes inflammation of tendons and ligaments. During this stage, a person will feel pain and there will be limited use of the arm. If left uncorrected, pain will persist, tendons will calcify, and there will be a predisposition toward injury.

Some of the most common shoulder problems include

Ligamentous injury
Slipped bicipital tendon
Acromio-clavicular joint injury
Frozen shoulder (inability to raise arm past a certain point)
Rotator cuff weakness or tears
Referred pain from the cervical spine, hand, or elbow
Meridian imbalances
Referred pain from digestive organs

Pain and limited movement at the shoulder can also come from lesions in the hand, wrist, and neck. Even remote problems in the pelvis or foot can have repercussions in the shoulder girdle.

Chiropractic / Applied Kinesiology Approach to Shoulder Problems

Accuracy in diagnosis is necessary for accuracy in treatment. While it is true that many shoulder problems correlate with improper muscle activity, we must delve deeper into the reasons why there are muscle imbalances in the first place. Is it a local lesion or are the true origins more remote or systemic in nature?

Dr. Morrison seeks to determine the causes of shoulder pain with manual muscle testing and other clinical exams. Once uncovered, resolution of pain may be swift or it may take time to heal. Each case is different.

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