How to Keep Your Shoulders Happy and Healthy
By Sandy Schroeder
Usually our shoulders help us do everything we need to do and seldom complain. But when we overdo it, pain may let us know when we try to reach up or around the back.
The problem may have started when you shoved a heavy bag into overhead storage, or reached out to catch yourself to avoid a fall. Or maybe you were stretching a little too far to do some cleaning.
Ice or heat will help, but finding out how to work through the problem is really the best course.
A Chiropractic Assist
To get help, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you and start working on the problem. Licensed chiropractors will focus on your problem and seek to find answers without using pain medications.
When you come in, your chiropractor will explain the philosophy of spinal health. Your chiropractor believes a healthy spine can be the path to a healthier life.
Your chiropractor will want to know more about your pain, what you were doing, and when it started. He or she will also ask about your normal routines and your medical history.
If it seems beneficial, a spinal adjustment will be used to correct any dysfunctions in the spine. Spinal adjustments to correct any dysfunctions may ease pain in your neck, back and shoulders. Many patients also report that they feel more relaxed or have more energy. Some report better metabolism or digestion.
Wellness is a very individual thing. You and your chiropractor will want to evaluate your results, and put together steps to help you continue to ease your pain and work your way back to normal.
As you establish a plan, here are some tips to prevent future injuries:
- Go Slow - When you start any new activity, ease into it. Don’t plant the whole garden the first day, or clean the whole house in an afternoon.
- Stay Active - Exercise with your doctor’s approval, keeping your body ready for any moving, lifting or stretching tasks that might come up.
- Rethink Storage - Move items down from the top drawers, and use a small ladder to easily reach high areas.
- Handling Pain - If you overdo it on the courts or in your house when you are cleaning, use rest and ice, but do not immobilize the area that is in pain. If pain persists, see your chiropractor and your doctor to determine what is needed.
To insure you have the backup you need, stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you. The Joint provides an affordable care program that eliminates the need for insurance. Clinic doors are open seven days a week and evening hours are available. No appointments are needed.