Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain

Chiropractic Care for Shoulder Pain

The shoulder is an essential joint in the body and also one of the most common places an individual experiences chronic pain. If you struggle to perform daily activities due to discomfort, have trouble moving or rotating your shoulder, or wake up stiff, you might need chiropractic care for shoulder pain.

The Cause of Discomfort

When you visit a chiropractor, the first step a professional takes is to determine the cause of your pain. At Hawk Ridge Family Chiropractic, one of our specialists will do so in several ways. First is a basic discussion to get information about your lifestyle, activity level, diet, and potential stressors. Afterwards comes a basic exam.

There are over twelve conditions which can cause pain in the shoulder:

  • Arthritis
  • Biceps Tendon Rupture
  • Bursitis
  • Calcific Tendonitis
  • Frozen Shoulder
  • Labral Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tear
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Shoulder Dislocation
  • Shoulder Instability
  • Shoulder Separation
  • SLAP Lesion

All of these problems are related to the muscles and tendons in the shoulder responsible for function and movement. The most common classification is a rotator cuff injury, since the rotator cuff is the name for the muscles, tendons, and ligaments which hold the bones of the shoulder in place. Injuries come in a variety of forms, but many can result in shoulder blade pain and trouble moving.

If there is an issue that is not an injury but instead a chronic condition, such as arthritis, then our chiropractor will use multiple types of care to alleviate symptoms in between appointments.

How a Chiropractor Can Help

Most people associate chiropractors with the traditional spinal alignment or adjustment. This maneuver is designed to push vertebrae back into position and release built up tension and gas between joints. While a chiropractor can perform basic adjustments to alleviate stress and pain, we also offer a broad range of other treatments designed to improve your overall health and functionality.

When someone arrives with shoulder pain, there are often multiple factors which led to the condition. Part of why we need information about your lifestyle is to determine whether or not you are putting the joint under continuous strain leading to your pain.

If you perform an activity incorrectly or need to make the same motion over and over throughout the day, then it is a likely cause of your discomfort. A popular example is a baseball pitcher. These athletes are prone to shoulder injuries because they must perform the same motion over and over throughout the day as part of their job. Construction workers, movers, package handlers, and warehouse employees also often experience tension and strain.

Our specialist can teach you how to stretch and exercise to reduce strain, change your diet to ensure the muscles receive proper nutrition, and teach you how to strengthen your muscles.

Other Treatments

Besides these basics, Hawk Ridge Family Chiropractic offers other options as a technologically advanced St. Louis chiropractor. These include myofascial release, massage, and the measured application of heat and cold.

Myofascial release is ideal for individuals who have strained, tense, or knotted muscles. It is the application of sustained, gentle pressure along the muscle to break up areas of discomfort and force the muscles, tendons, and ligaments to relax. Although the skin can turn red or spotted during treatment, it is safe and not painful for the patient.

During massage, the goal is to encourage the muscles to relax while breaking up areas of tension. It is different from myofascial release in that the specialist uses their hands to identify knots and similar sources of pain and discomfort. Lotion or oil is used during treatment, while myofascial release is done on bare skin.

Finally, the application of heat and cold can be used to loosen muscles which have tightened and become flexed or strained by repeated motions.


Chiropractic care is ideal for shoulder pain because a specialist will be able to not only treat the problem, but also the underlying cause. By combining physical stimulation and treatment with an overall improved approach to wellness and exercise, we at Hawk Ridge Family Chiropractic hope to help you return to the activities you love.

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