Shoulder Problems

Given the anatomy of the shoulder joint complex it should be the most mobile joint complex in the body, with the ability to move in all directions. However, this mobility exposes it to injury and functional problems that may result in abnormal movement patterns, inflammation and pain. There are a number of structures in the shoulder joint complex that can be involved in shoulder complaints, often with multiple structures being affected simultaneously. This means shoulder complaints can be elusive, challenging complaints to both diagnose and treat, often requiring biomechanical evaluation of surrounding structures.

Athletes and manual workers who do a lot of overhead activity often report shoulder pain and problems. In recent years increased sitting, computer usage and associated poor postures have led to an increase in shoulder complaints.

At NT Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre, we use a combination of adjustments to the shoulder and nearby regions of the spine, with specific soft tissue techniques directed at the shoulder girdle or rotator cuff muscles and tendons, to restore proper functional movement to the shoulder. Once the shoulder's function is increased, it is essential to maintain a good posture and increase its strength and neurological control to keep it functioning, giving you the freedom to perform the activities you enjoy.

 

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