Shoulder Pain and Elbow Pain Relief and Treatments
Shoulder Pain and Elbow Pain, What Is It and What Causes It?
Pestering elbow pain and shoulder pain can stop you from doing the things you love and living your life as you should. This type of pain commonly occurs from overuse, and it is usually ongoing. Shoulder and elbow pain is widespread in athletes, and those who work physical or repetitive jobs. Still, now with our sedentary society in dublin, we are beginning to see it with those who work on the computer. Although, left without treatment, shoulder and elbow pain can progress into more significant problems. These include severe neck and back pain or other serious issues such as tingling and numbness.
You may not know this, but the shoulder is the most complex joint in the human body. This is because firstly, it needs to give you both the mobility to move your arm in all directions. Secondly, it needs to provide the stability that allows all the bones, muscles, ligaments, and tendons of the shoulder to work together.
At The Core Of Your Shoulder Pain and Elbow Pain, Is Your Core!
What I mean by your core are the muscles that support your body. We have this idea that our core is these muscles here. Even most experts have this idea that the core is only here and on the back of the body. While this is somewhat true, these muscles are only small pieces of a much larger puzzle.
Simply put, your core is anything that connects to your pelvis. So on a deeper level, before I get into these great tips, I want you to think about getting your sitting and sleeping positions right. I’ve done many videos on this subject, and if you have’t seen them, I will include them in the description down below.
So, with all of these moving and connected parts that make up the shoulder, it means that it is not uncommon to experience injury or pain.
How Do Chiropractic Treatments Help Those with Shoulder and Elbow Pain?
Chiropractic Treatments can be a great way to relieve pain and manage the discomfort caused by shoulder and elbow pain. Routine chiropractic treatments provide those suffering from shoulder and elbow pain with a safe, non-invasive, non-addictive alternative for patients to help them manage their pain, discomfort, or swelling.
Chiropractors deliver a gentle therapy, known as a chiropractic adjustment. These adjustments help to reduce joint restrictions and misalignments in the shoulder and other joints in the body. Additionally, these adjustments are made to both reduce pain and improve the function of the tender joint and nervous system. Through increasing joint mobility and improving your nervous system function and spinal health. This allows your body to better manage pain caused by the elbow or shoulder pain.
Here are some of the health benefits chiropractic adjustments can help provide people with Shoulder Pain and Elbow Pain:
- A reduction of pain and discomfort
- A decrease in inflammation
- Improvement in range of motion
- An Improvement in physical function, flexibility, and strength
When we qualify and accept a patient, our first step is to find out the actual cause of your shoulder pain. For example, it may be an organic cause, like your gall bladder, or it could be mechanical. About 99% of the cases that we see are mechanical, which is good news because this is a window in which we have great success.
Next, we determine the best course of treatment that will suit each client’s particular case.
If it’s disc-related, typically coming from your neck, we consider Spinal decompression, if the pain is purely mechanically based, we would prescribe alignment treatments along with core muscle stabilization sessions.
If our client is in acute pain, we may start with cold laser therapy to reduce inflammation so that they will generally feel relief, which will allow us to move on to the correction stage of the care.
Fill out a questionnaire
To see if chiropractic care is right for your condition, you can fill out a questionnaire on that you can find here. Based on the answers, we can schedule a chiropractic exam and consultation. Afterward, your doctor may elect to treat your elbow and shoulder pain. Only if he is sure that he can help in your situation.
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Here Are Some Stretches For Elbow And Shoulder Pain You Can Do At Home
The first stretch is the Chest Expansion
This one will require a rope or exercise band. Start by gripping the rope behind your back and hold it with both of your hands. Then while holding the strap, tighten and pull together your shoulder blades toward and then tilt your head toward the ceiling. Hold this stretch for 15 seconds and release. You want to repeat it 3-5 times and breath deeply while holding the stretch.
The next stretch is the across the chest Stretch
Begin by hold your right hand out in front of you, then with your left-hand reach and grab just behind your right elbow. Then pull your right arm to the left across your chest. You want to hold this stretch for 30-60 seconds then repeat with your left arm. Repeat this with both arms anywhere from 3-5 times. Something to mention about this stretch is that if you feel pain in your shoulder, stop the stretch. The purpose for this stretch is not to force your muscles but to be able to pull your arms across your chest without pain.
Back of the neck stretch
Begin this stretch by sitting up straight then slowly bring drop your head down toward your chest. Do this until you begin to feel a stretch in the back of your neck and upper back. Then you can stretch one side of your shoulder by leaning your head to the right to pull your left shoulder or tilting your head to the left to stretch your right shoulder. Make sure to hold the stretches for about a minute in each direction, and breath deeply during each stretch. The back of the neck stretch should be repeated 3-5 times.
Start by sitting straight up in a chair with your knees together. Turn your torso to the left, while placing your right hand on the outside of your left leg. Loosen your shoulders as you look towards your left, gentling pushing on your right thigh. Hold this position for 10 to 15 seconds and release. Repeat with your right side. This stretch should be repeated on both sides 3-5 times.
The right angle Shoulder Stretch
This stretch requires a door to do. Begin by stand in a doorway, and holding your arms up so your elbow is at a right angle. The make sure your arm forms a right angle or 90-degree angle to your body at the shoulder. Then you should put each hand on one of the sides of the door frame while placing a foot forward as you stand up straight aligning your neck with your spine. Lean forward as you brace yourself against the door frame. Hold the stretch for 20-30 seconds. Repeat 2-3 times
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