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Are you tired of shoulder pain forcing you to put your workouts on hold? Are you finding yourself making excuses as to why you can't go and do the things you love? Have you tried everything and find that the pain still comes back every day? You don't have to live in pain! Your body has a remarkable ability to heal, adapt, and strengthen itself. Sometimes, we just need some guidance on the journey to health and wellness.
Almost everyone who works out on a regular basis will experience shoulder pain from time to time. Often it is related to improper lifting technique, overuse, poor posture, or some combination of the three.Shoulder pain has a high rate of recurrence, meaning many people who experience shoulder pain are likely to develop it again in their life times, often becoming a chronic issue. Fortunately, these issues don't have to be debilitating for long, not do the have to be chronic. You have the power to heal and form new strategies to avoid the pain recurring. Of course, shoulder pain is a complex topic and every case is unique, but there are some similarities among people. Keep reading to learn more.
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Mechanical Shoulder Pain
Most shoulder issues are mechanical in nature, meaning the nervous system or tissues have become more sensitive to certain motions or positions, and we may perceive that as pain. This can be a result of real, structural damage such as a rotator cuff injury or impingement, or it can functional in nature such as pain with reaching or pressing overhead. At Invictus Chiropractic, we take an individualized approach to caring for shoulder pain which includes finding the source of your pain and helping to eliminate any road blocks to healing. We will take a thorough history and focused examination to find the source of pain and formulate the best course of action for you based on your goals, needs, and desires. Our ultimate goal is to help you crush your pain, get back to your favorite activities, and be able to care for yourself.
Structural Shoulder Pain
Sometimes there is a true injury to one of the physical structures in the low back. Discs, ligaments, and the bones themselves may become damaged. This type of pain may go away on its own, but has a high risk of coming back later if the causes of pain are not addressed. Posture, particularly the structure and mobility of the mid-back, can contribute to shoulder pain by creating a poor foundation for your shoulder blade to move.
Functional Shoulder pain
We often hear patients say something like "it hurts whenever I do _____" or "If I reach for the dishes in the cupboard, it hurts." These types of phrases are typical of functional shoulder pain and often times exercises and different lifestyle approaches can help alleviate pain. Frequently, shoulder itself is not the culprit! Our body uses pain as a form of communication when a certain area of the body is over worked because something else isn't working as well as it should. We take a very in-depth approach to pinpoint the location of your dysfunctions causing pain and will work with you to develop strategies to work around, through, and with your pain!