Shoulder pain can come on all of a sudden. Most of us do not give a second thought to how much we need and use our shoulders every day until they begin to give us trouble. Shoulder pain can be caused by a number of different things, but most often it is due to overusing the joint or using it for activities it is not used to.
Traditional care by a medical doctor for shoulder pain usually involves an anti-inflammatory or an over-the-counter pain reliever. While these medications can help a person cope with the pain for a short time, unless the underlying cause is addressed, the pain is likely to return.
Misalignments in the spine can often be linked to shoulder pain. Poor posture and body mechanics can often be at the root of the issue. If a person notices that one shoulder is slightly higher than the other when they look in the mirror, this may indicate that the posture is indeed off balance and the help of a professional may be needed to correct it. Where should he or she look for the proper kind of help?
Upper Cervical Chiropractic—The Natural Solution
A good place to begin is by making an appointment to see an upper cervical chiropractor. We use an examination to determine the source of the shoulder pain. This involves looking at postural imbalances and whether or not numbness and tingling are present. This may be due to the irritation of nerves.
Once it is determined where the misalignment lies, I use a method that does not involve popping or twisting of the spine. Rather, this gentle technique allows the body’s natural healing powers to take over and repair the damage done by the misalignment. Many patients see a difference right away. Some report that their shoulder pain is gone and does not return.
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Dr. Jeff Leach of Living Well Chiropractic, in Plymouth, Minnesota is a Plymouth Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). His upper cervical clinic also serves Minnetonka, Maple Grove, Wayzata, and St. Louis Park. He is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including migraines and other headaches, sciatica, neck and back pain, and torticollis. More information can be found on our website at http://www.livingwellmn.com/