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Shoulder

Your Neck Will Thank You

If you only do one thing for yourself today, let it be that you raise up your monitor!

The average adult spends 8 hours a day looking at the computer.  Right now, as you read this, where is your head?  Is it tilted down and pulled forward?  I bet it is.  

The forward pull of your head puts stress on your vertebrae in your lower neck.  This contributes to degenerative disc disease and other degenerative neck problems.  This posture also causes the muscles of your upper back to overwork to counterbalance the pull of gravity on on your forward head.  

Are you shoulders hunched?  I bet they are.  Your forward head is often accompanied by forward shoulders and a rounded upper back.  This not only feeds into the neck problem but can also cause shoulder pain.

So do two things. (I doubled it)  Raise your monitor and make a chiropractic appointment today! 803-807-9960

10 Reasons to See a Chiropractor

#10:  Chiropractic Care Treats a Variety of Disorders
Researchers tell us that over 80% of the general population will suffer from one of the great variety of vertebrogenic disorders for certain periods of their life. Vertebrogenic disorders mean disorders of the body that are caused in whole or in part by spinal faults. In addition to pain and discomfort in the neck and back, these disorders include tension headaches, migraine headaches, dizziness, neuralgia, pain in the shoulders and arms, certain types of pain in the chest and abdomen, pain in the hips, knees and legs (sciatica), disc disorders, certain digestive disorders and problems with menstrual cycles. The connection between these seemingly unrelated conditions and the spine is that the nerves, which serve all areas of the body, can be irritated directly or indirectly by spinal disorders.

#9: Chiropractic Alleviates Pain
Chiropractors address the underlying cause of pain including 
arm and leg pain, pain from motor vehicle injuries, arthritis, lower back pain, bursitis, neck pain, disc degeneration, shoulder pain, elbow pain, spinal degeneration, foot and ankle pain, whiplash, herniated disc pain, headaches, sports injuries, migraines,  carpal tunnel, knee pain, hip pain and pain from disc bulge by treating the cause, not covering the symptoms.  Quite often, those painful conditions are linked to dysfunctional areas in the spine known as vertebral subluxations - where movement is restricted or spinal bones are misaligned.  Chiropractors adjust vertebral subluxations and this often alleviates the pain. 

#8 Chiropractic Improves Productivity
Since Chiropractic care keeps you healthier, you will also find your efficiency increases.  For example, lower back pain associated with sitting for hours in ergonomically incorrect chairs also is linked to an increase in muscle effort and disc pressure. A 2006 study published in the Spine Journal related lower back pain to work absence and higher medical costs.  In a review of 250 employees receiving workers compensation for low back pain, patients receiving spinal adjustments experienced greater reductions of pain and disability.  This translated into a faster return to work and lower therapeutic costs. 

#7 Chiropractic Boosts Cognitive Function
In a study mapping the brain activity of 500 adult volunteers before and after chiropractic adjustment of the neck and spine, researchers found that chiropractic care stimulates cognitive function (JMPT 2007;20:529).  In a 2005 New Zealand study researches showed evidence of cervical spinal joint dysfuction's relation to impaired cortical processing.  After chiropractic adjustments, subjects showed improved cortical processing and response selection (JMPT 2005;25:502-7).

#6 Chiropractic Boosts Immunity and Prevents Other Conditions
A powerful immune system is the key component of chiropractic's all natural approach.  Scientific research since 1991 have revealed a link between regularly scheduled chiropractic care and immune response status. Another 1991 study revealed that chiropractic adjustments bots levels of polymorphonuclear neutrophils (PMN) and monocytes - white blood cells associated with healthy immune system.  Chiropractic care was also shown to improve other aspects of health and quality of life (JVSR 2006 1-6).

#5 Chiropractic Reduces Stress
Preliminary research indicates that chiropractic adjustments may ease depressive symptoms by increasing endorphins. "It has been long speculated that chiropractic interventions may affect mental health" say the researchers who performed the study. (JVSR 2005: 1-4) Furthermore, chiropractic care reduces stress by allowing the body to achieve balance.  In addition, and perhaps most importantly, chiropractic care keeps patients free of impairments to regular exercise, a key to reducing stress and preventing stress related anxiety and depression. 

#4 Chiropractic Care Encourages Physical Activity 
As stated previously, chiropractic care keeps patients free of impairments to regular exercise. New patients will often find that beginning care is a jump start to a healthier lifestyle simply because they can move more easily with less pain.  Many patients report improved function and an increased ability to maintain a regular exercise program. 

#3 Chiropractic Reduces Dependency on Medications
People who maintain regular chiropractic care are far less likely to overuse medication.  Overuse of medication, even over the counter medication can have dangerous side effects.  In particular many commonly overused medications may cause gastrointestinal problems, rebound reactions and damage to vital organs. 

#2 Chiropractic Improves Sleep Quality
Chiropractic patients often enjoy improved quality of life, including sleep quality. This is due to a reduction in pain and anxiety which often interferes with sleep patterns. Improved sleep enhances immunity and the ability to fight disease.

#1 Chiropractic Adds Life and Improves Structural Wellness
Regular chiropractic care instills patients with a sense of "health-confidence" and self-confidence.  Your posture can speak for you before you even say a word.  When a person stands upright, they carry an air of confidence.  Chiropractic patients learn to take charge of their own well-being, and in turn, increase their longevity and heightening their quality of life. 

 

Chiropractic for Shoulder Pain

Many people think that chiropractic care is only is concerned with back and neck pain issues. While it is true that the spine is a large focus, chiropractic can benefit all of the joints in the body, including elbows, ankles, knees, and shoulders.  

As many as 68% of the adult population has suffered from shoulder pain at some time.   Many shoulder problems result from overuse, repetitive motion and straining the soft tissue of the shoulder. Over time, this can cause the tissue to break down, leading to shoulder problems. In other cases, the actual shoulder joint itself may have shifted out of alignment. Although the most common shoulder problems are caused by overuse, other conditions can also be the culprit, including injuries or disease of the neck or spine, in which pain is felt in the shoulder. Other causes for shoulder pain can include arthritis, fractures, or problems with the rotator cuff.

In most cases, patients will receive recommendations that include resting the shoulder, either heat or ice depending upon the cause of the pain, wearing a shoulder sling, and gentle exercise or stretching exercises after a few days to increase range of motion. In some chronic or severe cases,such as a torn rotator cuff, surgery could be an option.

Different chiropractic techniques can be used depending upon the nature and cause of shoulder pain. Cases in which the shoulder has actually come out of alignment may call for the use of an instrument for shifting the joint back into place. Adjusting the neck and back may also help the shoulder, particularly for problems with the rotator cuff. The chiropractor may recommend changes to the patient’s sitting and standing posture, as well, which would help the shoulder hold its adjustment in the proper position, along with a regular schedule of maintenance treatments to keep the shoulder in its proper location.

Massage therapy can be used to help the shoulder move and function the way it was intended, therefore relieving stress and strain on the muscles and tendons and preventing future inflammation. A clinical massage therapist can help with the following:

  • Decrease pain from Trigger Points
  • Help increase range of motion by loosening shortened musculature
  • Gently stretch the joint to increase range of motion
  • Break up adhesions (scarred down muscle tissue) around the shoulder
  • Encourage proper body mechanics through muscle and trigger point work
  • Promote healing by using various techniques to increase circulation, shorten healing times

Whether due to poor posture, a nagging sports injury, or dislocated pain from the neck or spine, shoulder pain that remains unaddressed can lead to severely reduced range of motion. Chiropractic adjustments provide a safe, fast, effective way to get the shoulders back into top shape.

References 
Luime JJ1, Koes BW, Hendriksen IJ, et al. Prevalence and incidence of shoulder pain in the general population; a systematic review. Scand J Rheumatol 2004;33(2):73–81. Pope D, Croft P, Pritchard C, Silman A. 

Prevalence of shoulder pain in the community: the influence of case definition. Ann Rheum Dis 1997;56(5):308–12.National Institutes of Health. What Are Shoulder Problems?http://www.niams.nih.gov/Health_Info/Shoulder_Problems/shoulder_problems_ff.asp. Updated June 2010. Accessed July 2014.Vermillion, F. Chiropractic Relief for Shoulder Pain. Livestrong. http://www.livestrong.com/article/162436-chiropractic-relief-for-shoulder-pain/. Updated February 2014. Accessed July 2014.