Is Shoulder Pain Cramping Your Style?

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If you didn’t already need an excuse to not go to work, the link between shoulder pain and prolonged computer use is on the rise. If you’re experiencing pain in either of these areas, it very well is due to your desk job, as our postures naturally change when sitting in front of a computer screen. RSI (repetitive strain injury) affects soft tissue and muscles in the body, often from repeating an activity over and over again, such as typing, using a mouse, etc. Outside of ensuring your office and desk set up is as ergonomic as possible, combating the pain that already exists is manageable with a combination of chiropractic practices, massage therapy, and naturopathy.

Chiropractics see a lot of patients complaining of shoulder pain – it’s almost as common as back pain! The sooner you get care and help with the pain, the quicker you’ll notice results in the pain levels. The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body, as it is surrounded by nerves, tissues, and tendons, all of which can result in shooting  pain when irritated or inflamed. Since it is such a mobile joint, any strain or movement that is stretched too far can cause the joint to shift out of alignment. Your chiropractor will be able to gently shift the area back into alignment over a course of treatment, allowing your shoulder joint to naturally ease itself back into its proper spot. Outside of manual adjustments, tools may be used to aid in the process.

While we all love a relaxing massage from time to time, it’s a proven way to help get rid of pains experienced in the body. A Deep Tissue Massage or a Swedish Massage works across the grain of your muscles, providing relief from pain, stiffness and tension. Massages increase the blood flow to the area being worked on, which helps eliminate muscle toxins and improves circulation. In the case of frozen shoulders, this is a very helpful method. Applied pressure to a certain point helps remove knots and areas of extreme stiffness and tension, allowing the muscles to relax and open up, relieving concentrated pain.

A great way to maintain and help pain management is going the natural route. There are many different approaches to naturopathy, including acupuncture, diet monitoring, massage healing methods, and the intake of supplements. Ensuring you are eating well, and even conducting a full body detox is a wonderful way to cleanse your body and rid it of toxins and acids that build up, causing pain and discomfort. Supplements are a great way to give your body a boost, without relying on heavy medications.

Practicing a combination of these pain management methods will be extremely effective in helping you to combat shoulder pain. Apologies for taking away any reasons to stay home from work, but on the bright side, at least you can request a flashy ergonomic chair from your boss! Contact us to make an appointment, and for any questions.

Dr. Joel Weisberg is the Clinic Director and Principal Doctor at Downsview Chiropractic The difference it makes to a patient when they learn, receive appropriate care, feel cared for, and are empowered to self-manage, is often bigger than the relief they were seeking. Dr. Weisberg is driven to make that difference to people in their pursuit of a life lived well™.