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Back Pain Treatments and Tips That Work

My name is Jason Dawson and if you have chronic back pain, I'm glad that you've found my blog. After an accident, I suffered with back pain for several years until I started visiting a chiropractor. I could tell a difference in the severity of my back pain after only a few treatments. I continued seeing the chiropractor on a regular basis and today my back pain is gone. When I had excruciating back pain, I couldn't enjoy any physical activities and some days I could barely walk. I'm writing this blog so that I can help others who have back pain. In my blog you'll learn about chiropractors and how they can help you. You'll also learn some things that you can do at home that will lessen the pain in your back.

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Chiropractic Treatment Of Shoulder Pain

by Nandy Dannenberg

You knew that you were reaching too high or lifting too much, but it was too late. You felt the strain in your shoulder and now it is stiff and painful. Chiropractors use several non-invasive techniques to relax tense muscles and help get rid of the shoulder pain. It can take weeks to recover from a shoulder strain. A chiropractor can help your shoulder get started on its proper course of healing while reducing your discomfort with the following techniques.

Soft Tissue Damage Causes Your Pain

The bones in your shoulder joint are surrounded by a ring of tendons and muscles called the rotator cuff. Strain in this area results in small tears in the tendons. This causes pain, inflammation and stiffness in the shoulder. Tendons have a limited blood supply running to them, so injuries take a long time to heal.

Traditional treatment is to immobilize the shoulder while the soft tissue healing occurs, which can take weeks. In severe cases, surgery is required to repair the torn tendons. If the tears are not completely through the rotator cuff, chiropractic treatment reduces your recovery time and gives you access to your shoulder sooner.

Soft Tissue Release Techniques

Your chiropractor uses two procedures to work with the muscles and tendons in your shoulder. The goal of these treatments is to:

  • Increase the circulation in the area, which improves tissue healing.
  • Reduce inflammation that makes the joint stiff and puts pressure on nerves causing pain.
  • Relaxes the muscles that have become tense in the joint and may have painful spasms.

Active Release Technique

Injury to tendons and muscles creates scar tissue which keeps the muscle from moving naturally. The muscle fibers contract and the muscle becomes tense and less effective. Your chiropractor will find and reduce the scarring so the muscle can return to its normal length.

Your doctor will examine your shoulder and look for the tight muscle areas. You feel pain in your shoulder, but the muscles affected may be near your neck or upper back. Once the doctor finds these muscles, they will massage them in the direction of normal movement. When they detect scar tissue in the muscle, they will apply more pressure over the area to break up the scar tissue.

Myofascial Release

This technique is useful to treat very tense muscles that have created a knot and have begun to spasm. Your doctor can feel these muscles under the skin and, using their knuckles or a special tool, will put steady pressure on the knot. The muscle will relax and stop the spasms in response to the pressure.

Along with these techniques, the chiropractor may use hot packs to increase circulation and flexibility before the treatment and cold packs to reduce pain and swelling after the session.