The shoulder is a very complex part of the body; it is made up of a ball and socket joint and is able to move in many different directions. Because it is so flexible we sometimes tend to overuse our shoulders and can cause misalignment of the ball and socket joint. Also if we are spending a lot of time on computers we are forgetting about proper posture and our shoulders are starting to round forward instead of back. This can cause the muscles to pull and can cause pain and discomfort. Finding the main cause of your shoulder pain or discomfort is the first step in finding a cure that will work for you.
First start to think about your posture, most of us don’t give it a second thought but it is really important when getting to the root of shoulder pain. How is your posture when you are standing and sitting? Take note of this when you are hanging out with friends, driving in the car or even at the dinner table. Are you slouching or rolling your shoulders in? Second start to think about your daily activities, are you doing a lot of repetitive activity? Is this activity overhead activity where you are lifting your arms above your head? When doing a lot of reaching overhead the tendons can get pinched and this can cause pain in the shoulder area. Third start to think about your past, was there anything you could have done to injure your shoulders? It may not have hurt then but as time progresses if there was a misalignment in the shoulders and not corrected it can start to worsen. Do you play any sports that cause the shoulders to do repeated motions like baseball, golf or surfing?
If you having shoulder pain or discomfort I would suggest visiting your local San Diego Chiropractor office and getting a check-up. San Deigo Chiropractors can usually take x-rays and determine if there has been movement in the alignment of the shoulder area. They can also asses if any shifting in the shoulders is causing the muscles are compensating and also causing discomfort. Remember chiropractors do not only work on the spine but they work on the whole body! Getting massaged at least twice a month can also help to relieve some of the tension along with getting adjusted regularly. Doing physical therapy can also help with teaching you different stretches to keep your shoulders at their most optimal health.