Acupuncture For Shoulder Pain

by Administrator 12. January 2015 14:49

Shoulder pain could be a result of a number of different conditions such as Rotator Cuff injury, Periarthritis or frozen shoulder. Acupuncture is a non- drug therapy and is effective in treating acute shoulder pain. The therapy releases chemical compounds in the body that assist in relieving pain. Acupuncture also improves the blood circulation which is helpful is reducing the stiffness.

Acupuncture Techniques:

Acupuncture for reducing shoulder pain is based upon working on the trigger points in subscapularis of the shoulder. The treatment can be given in two ways:

  • Inserting needle into the areas of the muscle known as a trigger point. The technique uses a dry needle, without any medication.
  • Another technique includes addressing the pain from the trigger points and inserting the needles to the area away from the actual pain. The points are chosen along with the meridians of acupuncture.
  • Acupressure is also used to activate the acupuncture points or the trigger points. In this, fingers are used to offer relief from the pain. The amount of pressure applied depends upon the severity of the condition.
  • Conventional acupuncture is also used, in which a pre-sterilized needle is placed at the acupuncture points of the body to find relief from acute pain.

Post- Therapy Precautions:

Once the acupuncture therapy is completed. One needs to follow certain precautions to enhance the effect of the therapy:

  • Posture Adjustments: Good posture is a must to reduce shoulder pain. You should try to avoid the slumped-forward posture as it forces the arms into a rotated position.
  • Use A Pillow: Using an extra pillow on the painful side can be very helpful. Place the pillow between the elbow and the side of the body to stretch the subscapularis muscle, thus reducing the pain.
  • Doorway Stretch: This includes standing in a doorway and placing both the hands on either sides of the door, then leaning forward to give a stretch to the shoulder.
  • Exercises:  Following the strengthening and stretching exercises recommended by the doctor or acupuncturist can be of great help in reducing the pain. It can also enhance the results of the acupuncture therapy and provide long-term relief.

Acupuncture is very effective for the treatment of shoulder pain. If you are experiencing pain, weakness or restricted range of motion, consider seeking advice from the experts at Corrective Chiropractic & Wellness. To schedule an appointment, call us at (254) 698 - 1600 or visit 560 E. Central Texas Expressway, Suite 102 Harker Heights, TX 76548.

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Relief for Rotator Cuff Impingement With Chiropractic Care

by Administrator 19. July 2010 16:33

According to the Manipulative Physiological Therapy Journal, a case study indicates the possible use of chiropractic care for treating rotator cuff impingement. The report involves a patient with shoulder impingement syndrome that was managed with a conservative multimodal approach.

In this case, the patient suffered from anterior shoulder pain and an ache in the right upper arm. On palpation, he also experienced tenderness in the shoulder area. Along with limited motion in the shoulder region, he had limited and painful cervical motion problem. Physical and orthopedic examination revealed that the patient has shoulder impingement syndrome.

When referred to a chiropractor, the patient was given multimodal treatment. This included phonophoresis, soft tissue therapy, diverse manipulations and exercises for the rotator cuff and shoulder girdle muscles. After several chiropractic sessions and pain measurements, the patient experienced better motion in the shoulder and returned to normal daily activities.

The treatment ended when the patient became free of all symptoms and all outcomes were normal. Follow-up sessions were conducted after 4 and 12 weeks, during which the patient continued to be completely free of all symptoms of rotator cuff impingement. His range of motion was renewed and he was able to conduct pre-treatment activities.

On the whole, this case study highlights the success of chiropractic therapy in resolving the symptoms of a patient with shoulder impingement syndrome. With a multimodal treatment approach involving soft tissue techniques, ultrasound, manipulation and rehabilitation, an appropriate care strategy was developed and implemented.

For complete Chiropractic Care in Killeen, Harker Heights and Fort Hood, Central Texas, visit Corrective Chiropractic and Wellness located in Harker Heights.

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