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Shoulder Pain Relief

Chiropractic Care For Shoulder Pain Relief

The shoulder is the most mobile joint in the body, it allows the human body to do many impressive things, but the shoulder can also develop many different types of problems and is a common source of pain. The shoulder is a ball and socket joint where the bone of the upper arm (humerus) articulates with the shoulder blade (scapula). The ball of the humerus is held against the socket of the humerus by four muscles that are referred to as the rotator cuff, and several other muscles around the shoulder joint control the larger motions of the shoulder. Several nerves travel from the neck and upper back to the arm and shoulder running in close proximity to the shoulder joint. Shoulder pain can be caused when one or more of these structures are injured or develop dysfunction that keeps the shoulder from being able to move properly. Our chiropractors are skilled in finding the source of shoulder pain and providing relief for many different types of shoulder problems through conservative treatment.​

Causes of Shoulder Pain

These are some common causes of shoulder pain:

  • Rotator cuff strain or rotator cuff tear

  • Pinched Nerves in the neck or shoulder.

  • Shoulder blade dysfunction aka scapular dyskinesis.

  • Shoulder impingement.

  • Shoulder instability.

  • Shoulder arthritis.

If you experience the following symptoms, you should seek chiropractic care for your shoulder pain:

  • Pain or difficulty raising your arm

  • Shoulder pain that inhibits your daily activity

  • Numbness or tingling around your shoulder

  • Loss of range of motion in one shoulder compared to the other

  • Popping or clicking of the shoulder, especially if painful

Treatments that Offer Shoulder Pain Relief

Depending on the cause of your shoulder pain there are many different treatments your doctor may recommend:

  1. Active Release Technique (ART) - ART is a highly effective method for releasing scar tissue around muscles, ligaments and nerves. If your shoulder pain is caused by scar tissue or adhesion of these structures ART will reduce shoulder pain, shoulder tightness, and restore range of motion to the injured shoulder.

  2. Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization – An instrument is used to perform “cross fiber massage” over a problematic area while the patient moves to stretch, provoke or challenge the tissues. This technique is called FAKTR, and is the gold standard for repairing tissue damage.

  3. Motion Palpation Adjustments – This chiropractic technique is the state-of-the-art in assessing and adjusting the spine and extremities. Improving spinal and shoulder joint mobility can reduce shoulder pain and impingement, improving the range of motion in your shoulder. Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine is part of an elite network of chiropractors certified by the Motion Palpation Institute (MPI).

  4. Rehab Stretches and Exercise – If tight muscles are limiting your shoulder movement your doctor will prescribe stretches. Alternatively if your shoulder pain is stemming from muscle weakness that is leading to shoulder instability, your doctor will prescribe exercises to strengthen and stabilize your shoulder.

  5. Laser therapy – Laser therapy helps promote healing of damaged tissue that occur in cases such as muscle strains or rotator cuff injuries.

  6. Dry Needling – Dry needling can help encourage proper healing of chronically tight or injured muscles around the shoulder. ​

  7. Kinesio-Tape – RockTape brand kinesiology tape can provide support and relief for an overworked shoulder, allowing for faster healing of damaged tissue.


Chiropractor Near Me


Get your shoulder pain checked and treated locally at Cumberland Chiropractic and Sports Medicine in Lebanon, TN. You will be under the care of our highly skilled chiropractic physicians. Call us at (615) 444-2234 and schedule an appointment.

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