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Shoulder Pain Treatment in Darwin

Radiating shoulder painDo you need help with shoulder pain? At NT Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre we are here to help you.

Do you experience:

  • Shoulder pain that persists more than a few days?
  • Inability to carry objects using the affected arm?
  • Swelling or bruising? Shoulder pain that occurs at night?
  • A limited, or painful range of motion of your shoulder?

The shoulder is an incredibly mobile joint which can move in many directions.

Because your shoulder has greater mobility than other joints it is very susceptible to injury. The worst part about injuring your shoulder is that it limits many of your daily routine tasks which require the motion of your shoulder to successfully achieve such as, carrying something, picking something up, reaching for an object or doing any upper body exercise.

Shoulder pain can be caused by several different events or conditions such as, rotator cuff tears, strains, general wear and tear due to ageing, bruising, and many more. The most common source of shoulder pain tends to be related in some way to poor spinal alignment and poor posture.

How does Chiropractic help with shoulder pain?

Here are NT Chiropractic Health & Wellness Centre we are able to help with shoulder problems for people of all ages. First, we identify the cause, then we work with you to figure out the best way to treat your shoulder. Every case of shoulder pain is different, but in some cases the problem is centred on the cervical spine (neck) which will be carefully examined and adjusted by your chiropractor.
As you progress through regular sessions with your chiropractor you will not only receive relief care but also learn about a range of factors that will help with your shoulder pain such as the ergonomics of your office chair and even the way you sleep which we help you with through regular visits. Our goal is to help you recover from shoulder pain quickly and effectively, while creating lasting changes in your body that prevent shoulder pain from returning in the future.

Having trouble with shoulder pain?

Having a tough time solving your shoulder pain? It could be the rotator cuff. Maybe it’s the shoulder joint itself? It could also have nothing to do with the shoulder at all. Hmmm.

Here’s how to know when shoulder pain is not a shoulder problem, what the real culprit could be and how to start fixing it.


The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into the scapula (shoulder blade), like a ball and socket.

The shoulder has several other important structures as well:

  • The rotator cuff is a collection of muscles and tendons that surround the shoulder.
  • The bursa is a small sac of fluid that cushions and protects the tendons of the rotator cuff.
  • The labrum is a cartilaginous cup for the ball-like head of the humerus to fit into.

Intimately connected to the shoulder are the structures of the neck.The nerves that exit between the cervical vertebra feed and receive input from many of the tissues and structures in and around the shoulder area.

Needless to say, the shoulder is one of the most complex joints in the body.


To understand how to solve a problem that is eliciting pain, it’s necessary to understand (somewhat) pain itself.

When it comes to pain, it sure feels like pain is a problem… but pain is actually a subjective experience, it’s a symptom, a body signal.

Such as the case in a heart attack.

Damaged heart tissue from a myocardial infarction leads to pain we often associate with the condition. However, it’s common knowledge that an intervention aiming only to reduce pain will not solve the problem that lead to it.

To make matters more complicated, the site of damage is rarely where pain is perceived. This is known as referred pain.

When Shoulder Pain is a Shoulder Problem

There are times when the main source of shoulder pain is primarily a shoulder problem.

Most often the rotator cuff (tendons and muscles that stabilise the joint) develops wear and tear with age and abuse making it more susceptible to injury.

Some typical signs include:


  • Pain in the shoulder itself or on the outside of your upper arm.
  • Dull and aching pain.
  • Pain occurs when you reach overhead or behind your back, or when lifting.
  • Pain radiates into the upper arm, but not past the elbow.
  • Persists at night.
  • Improves when you rest your arm.

When Shoulder Pain is Not a Shoulder Problem

More often than not, a persistent shoulder problem that is not recovering through rehabilitation of structures around the shoulder area or with rest, is in part or in whole, a neck problem!

Some of the more likely signs are:


  • Pain radiates to your shoulder blade, or close to or on the side of your neck.
  • Electric-like, stabbing, burning or tingling pain.
  • Radiates down past your elbow or even into your hand.
  • Persists at rest.
  • Radiates down your arm when you extend or twist your neck.
  • Is relieved when you support your neck.

What to do About Shoulder Pain

Diagnosing shoulder pain and uncovering the contributing factors is difficult for even the most experienced clinician.

Unless a trauma or fall is the obvious cause, a problem within the shoulder itself is much less than common than one would expect.

In looking to the neck as one potential factor, a comprehensive assessment will typically show:


  • A structural distortion and rounding of the thoracic spine (mid back) that causes a forward tilt of the shoulder blade.
  • An Anterior Spinal Distortion of the neck contributing to the tightness of the musculature around the shoulder blades.
  • Irritation and increased sensitivity of the neck nerves that provide sensation to the shoulder joint and power on the muscles of the shoulder.
  • Reduced movement of the shoulder blade placing additional movement strain on the shoulder joint.
  • Immobility of the lower cervical vertebra.
  • Decrease grip strength unilaterally.

When a clearer picture of a shoulder problem comes to light and it includes a contribution from the cervical spine, the best solution to recovery is a multi pronged approach.

  • Bio-Structural Correction
  • Cervical, Thoracic & Scapular Corrective Exercises
  • Soft Tissue Therapy
  • Shoulder Stabilisation Training

Whether it’s chronic pain in the shoulder, neck or even both… it’s best to see an expert as soon as possible.

Without addressing the real problem, you run the risk of ongoing deterioration and negatively impacting other body parts and functions you may never have thought could be related. Have you ever had a shoulder problem that was really a neck problem?What did you do about it?

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