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Can a Chiropractor Treat Shoulder and Neck Pain?

Sep 11

Shoulder and neck pain are common complaints caused by various factors, including muscle strain, poor posture, repetitive motion, and injury. Although over-the-counter drugs could offer momentary relief, they don't address the underlying cause of the pain. Chiropractic care is a drug-free approach to treating shoulder and neck pain that focuses on restoring joint alignment and range of motion. Chiropractors use various techniques to treat shoulder and neck pain, including manual adjustments, traction, and ice/heat therapy. Chiropractic treatment is generally secure and efficient. However, it's always essential to consult with your healthcare provider before beginning any new treatment.


Shoulder Neck and Pain Causes

The most delicate area of your spine is your neck. It must allow unobstructed nerve impulse passage to the rest of your body, supporting the weight of your head and allowing head rotation. Unfortunately, numerous commonplace actions, including spending all day at a desk at work, staring down at your phone, or sleeping incorrectly, can cause chronic neck and shoulder pain.


Sports-related injuries such as rotator cuff tears or bursae in the shoulder can potentially cause neck and shoulder pain. For example, when engaging in contact sports or lifting weights, it's typical to get neck and shoulder injuries. Accidents are another frequent cause, such as suffering whiplash after a car accident. In addition, pain in the neck and shoulders might be caused by disc or joint disorders, which can develop through arthritis or regular wear and strain. Herniated or bulging discs may also hurt neck nerves by pressing against them.

The Spine-Related Neck Pain

Functional spine deformities brought on by vertebral fixations are the most frequent cause of neck pain. In cases of whiplash, reverse cervical curve, and joint instability, these subluxations are frequent. The neck's muscles contract in response, splinting the joint to shield it from further injury.


Most pain-sensing neurons in the neck are located in the pairs of facet joints on the back of each vertebra. You may turn your head and bend it up and down using these slick, interconnecting surfaces. However, the locking or fixation of these joints may result in neck pain.

Why Do We Get Neck Pain?

Pain indicates that our body is struggling to meet the demands of our lives. In the modern world, we are constantly plugged in and worrying about everything from tight work deadlines to busy kids' schedules.

  • Stress: In times of stress, our bodies undergo physiological changes. Our muscles become tense, stress hormones are released, and our posture is negatively impacted (take note of your posture in the following stressful situation you encounter). Our bodies may adapt to these unnatural positions if we remain stressed constantly enough. When your body can't take it anymore, it sends a distress signal in the form of pain.


  • Injury: Sudden physical trauma can also cause our joints to become misaligned, impacting the surrounding muscles, ligaments, and structures. Some injuries may cause immediate pain, while other injuries may take longer to recognize.


  • Consistent awkward neck posture: A lousy neck gait, especially in today's technological age, where we constantly stare at screens improperly over time, can have a chronic effect.


  • Sleeping in the wrong position: Sleeping wrong is more acute than having an awkward neck posture because when you rest, your neck is constantly resting. This can train your neck muscles to stay in those positions and usually cause more acute pain over a few days.


Pain is your brain's way of telling your body to stop what it is doing. Symptoms of neck pain include but are not limited to; Numbness or tingling in the arms, tight muscles, headaches, or dizziness.

Neck Pain Chiropractor Treatment

Our chiropractic office takes a holistic yet scientific approach to treating your neck pain. Our intake process includes:


  • Detailed medical history
  • Posture evaluation
  • In-depth exam
  • X-rays and other tests as needed
  • Complete Motion Study X-Ray Analysis


The most likely course of treatment will involve a light hand or instrument-assisted correction. After their initial visit, the majority of patients notice immediate changes. Your body responds well when your spine is in alignment. Nobody ought to have to endure neck discomfort. Find out how to manage yours with a successful chiropractic treatment plan right away! Call right away for a free appointment to discuss your symptoms and see whether your Neck Pain will help you. Alternatively, you can come to see us at Peak Potential Family Chiropractic - Houston Heights.