Chiropractic treatment for Shoulder Pain


Chiropractic care is commonly sought by people seeking relief from neck or back pain. Chiropractors are not limited to only care of the spine, however. Most chiropractors are trained to adjust and treat extremities including knees, smaller joints such as the toes, and the shoulders.

Sometimes shoulder pain is caused by joint irritation, while other times it is caused by tissue irritation. Chiropractic relief for shoulder pain can often be achieved through manipulation and other treatments.

Shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body. It is surrounded by nerves, tendons, bursa and other tissues which can all be irritated and cause pain. Tendons help attach muscle to bone while ligaments attach bone to bone. Four tendons make up the rotator cuff: supraspinatous, infraspinatous, subscapularis and teres minor. All of these originate from the back near the shoulder blade and attach to make a cuff or circle around the glenoid fossa, or shallow bowl, of the shoulder blade, also called the scapula. The cuff and joint are further strengthened by cartilage and ligaments.


Even with all of the tissue surrounding and supporting the shoulder joint, it can shift out of alignment causing the muscles and ligaments to pull differently. This leads to muscle spasms, inflammation and pain. Gentle adjustments to the shoulder can be performed to distract the joint or shift it forward or backward, depending on symptoms. Adjusting the shoulder may involve the use of a speeder board, drop table piece or reflex-type hammer tool as well as manual adjustment. Additionally, having the neck and upper back adjusted will also help relieve shoulder discomfort.