What to Do When Your Shoulders Keep Hurting
By Sandy Schroeder
Hunching over tasks can be a daily habit as we spin through computer work, driving, lifting kids and scrolling through sites. At the time, it may all be automatic, but later shoulders often complain and keep complaining as our body delivers their message. As the shoulders round forward, muscles tighten and create a visible hunch that often becomes painful.
Lifestyle Causes of Shoulder Pain
Be on the lookout for these things.
Too soft or uneven mattresses - Medium firm mattresses and soft pillows usually work best to keep the head, neck and shoulders even. Make sure your mattress is the right firmness for you. If it is lumpy or uneven, start over with a new mattress.
Carrying heavy totes on one shoulder - Slinging a large fashion tote over one shoulder invites neck, shoulder and back pain. Only carry what you need and consider dividing the weight between two smaller totes.
Slouching at home and at work - If you hunch over your keyboard and your phone and slump on the couch at night, your shoulders may complain. Sit up straight and feel the difference. Remind yourself to keep all screens at eye level.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons cites additional causes of shoulder pain as tendon inflammation or tears, instability in the arm socket, arthritis and bone fractures.
Solving the Problem
Seeing your doctor and your chiropractor can be the best way to pin down causes and find relief. You, your doctor and your chiropractor may form a team to work on the issues and prevent future problems.
The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you staffs a wellness center that is well equipped to help. The Joint’s doctors of chiropractic help people find relief from pain and new answers for wellness every day.
When you come in to discuss your shoulder pain, you will find out how spinal health may help. The spine houses the central nervous system that forms the brain-to-body communication that controls almost everything we do. When spinal health is good, the whole body may feel better.
A gentle targeted spinal adjustment may provide far-reaching pain relief and create a sense of wellness with better sleep, more energy, or more alertness. Weekly 15-minute spinal adjustments may be the best way to stay pain-free and monitor progress.
Simple exercises can also help to release tightness in chest and shoulder muscles. Prevention suggests the Supine T:
- Lie flat on the back with knees bent, feet flat on the floor
- Place arms out to sides, palms up, as you stretch to open the chest to form a T
- Use in the morning or before sleep to relax the shoulders
Stop by The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find out more about personal affordable healthcare plans and packages that eliminate the hassle of insurance. Take advantage of weekend and evening hours. No appointments are needed.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Houston, Tex.