Chiropractic Care and Shoulder Joints
A woman with shoulder pain.

Chiropractic Care and Shoulder Joints

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The shoulder joint can be a source of pain, and injuries to that area can limit your daily activities in a significant way. Full shoulder motion is required for many activities that we perform on a daily basis. Yet many people pay little attention to shoulder health until they aren’t working like they should be.

Each shoulder contains two joints that involve three bones. Numerous muscles play a role in the proper functioning of these joints. The two shoulder joints are the glenohumeral joint and the acromion-clavicular joint. The bones are the scapula, the humerus, and the clavicle. The main curve of your shoulder is the glenohumeral joint. This is where the round-shaped head of the humerus sits in the concave, socket-like structure of the scapula. There is a small portion of bone on the scapula that is above the glenohumeral joint and it juts out toward the front of the body; it’s called the acromion process. The acromion process meets the end of the clavicle to form the acromion joint.

There are a number of reasons why people seek care for shoulder pain and dysfunction. An obvious reason is injury, but there are two other common problems that can lead to shoulder issues that are less obvious. One is cervical spine dysfunction and the other is poor posture.

Cervical spine dysfunction involve joints in the neck that are not moving through their full range of motion and affect the biomechanics of the shoulder. When dealing with an extremity issue, it is always important to look at the health and function of the portion of the spine from which that extremity originates.

Poor posture is a common issue these days since people are walking and sitting with shoulders rounded forward and slouched down. This causes excess biomechanical stress. Although it may initially be minimal over time, this can turn into a prolonged issue as joints become restricted in range of motion, muscles become weak and imbalanced, and extremity function decreases.

If and when you find yourself with decreased range of motion in your shoulder, whether from an injury, sub-optimal posture, or even if you’re simply wanting to get your shoulder joints checked for proper function, chiropractic care is a great holistic option.

Chiropractors adjust spinal joints and manipulate extremity joints. The adjustments and manipulations restore joint range of motion, facilitate proper nervous system communication from the brain to every part of the body, and promote proper biomechanical function. Chiropractic adjustment of the cervical spine and the manipulation of the shoulder joints can help restore you to get back to the activities of daily living without pain and it is done without drugs or surgery.

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