Indian Harbor Chiropractic
Chiropractor located in Cos Cob, CT
Shoulder pain is the third most common cause of musculoskeletal pain and the self-reported prevalence of shoulder pain is between 16% and 26%. Shoulder pain often involves pain, stiffness, weakness, and loss of range of motion that can cause disability and greatly affect one's ability to do basic daily activities (practice hygiene, eat, dress). If you struggle with severe or ongoing shoulder pain, experienced chiropractor Dr. Diana Gailes at Indian Harbor Chiropractic in Cos Cob, Connecticut, can help. She offers a variety of holistic treatments for shoulder pain to reduce discomfort, improve range of motion, and speed up your recovery. Dr. Gailes is the only chiropractor in Greenwich, CT that offers class IV laser therapy as an option for pain management and quick recovery as well. Call the office to schedule an appointment or book online today.
Shoulder pain is an uncomfortable feeling in your shoulder joint, which is the joint that connects your upper arm to your torso. Shoulder pain is extremely common among young adults, adolescents, and older adults who have experienced shoulder trauma or play sports. Occupations as diverse as construction workers and hairdressers suffer shoulder injuries most often, which is usually caused by repetitive movements, vibrations, lifting heavy loads, and moving in awkward positions. Recent studies have shown that the tendency to develop into a chronic condition and recurrence of injury are common for shoulder pain, so prompt chiropractic care is recommended at the first signs of discomfort. Common symptoms of shoulder pain include:
You might injure your shoulder lifting something heavy, playing sports, working, falling down, or because of age-related wear-and-tear. Dr. Gailes and her team offer a variety of treatments to relieve shoulder pain.
The four most common causes of shoulder pain include the following:
Other common causes of shoulder pain include:
Dr. Gailes can pinpoint the precise cause of shoulder pain and treat it naturally to restore joint function, reduce pain, decrease inflammation and improve your quality of life.
To find out what’s causing shoulder discomfort, Dr. Gailes discusses your symptoms and medical history. She will first go through the history of your shoulder pain and gather important information such as occupation, pain in other joints or areas, history of trauma, sleeping position, the dominant hand, functional abilities of the shoulder, etc. She will then perform a physical examination of the shoulder joint to test its rotation, range of motion, and power. She will evaluate nearby areas like the neck and arms and test to see if the pain arises from the shoulder or elsewhere (referred pain). She could recommend X-rays, MRIs, CT scans, or other imaging procedures if necessary.
At Indian Harbor Chiropractic we know that misalignments of the spine, or vertebral subluxations, can contribute to shoulder pain. Spinal manipulation during adjustments can restore movement to the joints or parts of the spine that have an alignment issue. We use a variety of techniques to adjust the spine and improve alignment including:
Chiropractic adjustments can realign your spine or other parts of the body, reduce tension, and alleviate discomfort due to sciatica symptoms and pain.
Spinal manipulation therapy (SMT)
Spinal manipulation is accomplished through high-velocity, low-amplitude (HVLA) adjustments. This is a technique where Dr. Gailes will apply a controlled thrust to a joint of the spine. This motion moves the joint more than it would on its own. SMT is actually a collection of techniques which include massage or mobilization of soft tissue, adjustment of spinal subluxations, trigger point therapy, cross-friction massage, active release therapy, and mechanical traction on an area of the spine or on an extremity.
This technique uses gentle pressure to release tension in the muscles and fascia, relieving pain and improving range of motion.
These adjustments use a small, handheld instrument to deliver low-force impulses at specific points.
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS)
TENS sends electrical pulses through the skin to start your body's own painkillers. The electrical pulses can release endorphins and other substances to stop pain signals in the brain. TENS can reduce pain. Tens also works on muscles and causes muscle contractions by stimulating α-motor neurons. It is highly effective in improving muscle function, strengthening muscles, and improving joint range of motion.
Dr. Gailes may use massage therapy with a variety of techniques to manipulate the soft tissues of the body, including the muscles, tendons, and ligaments. This can help to reduce muscle tension, improve range of motion, and promote circulation.
Class IV Laser therapy
Dr. Gailes is currently the only chiropractor in Greenwich, CT offering Class IV Laser Therapy. Dr. Gailes uses chiropractic adjustments and laser therapy to treat a variety of musculoskeletal conditions and speed up recovery times for all types of injuries. Laser therapy will reduce pain by over 50% in three to four treatments and can complement chiropractic adjustments or be used as an independent form of treatment.
To learn more about chiropractic treatments for shoulder pain and get relief, call the Indian Harbor Chiropractic office or schedule an appointment online today.