Shoulder Pain Treatments With Acupuncture
Years of pulling, lifting, and throwing can cause scar tissue to develop in muscles, which affects performance and leads to shoulder pain and injuries. Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that can help alleviate pain and inflammation.Shoulder Anatomy
The shoulder is one of the largest joints in the body. The shoulder joint is formed where the humerus fits into the scapula, which mimics a ball and socket. Since the humerus is larger than the scapula, the shoulder is not very stable and tends to be easily injured.
Tendons and muscles anchor the shoulder which adds to its stability. Because of the shoulder's structure, it has a greater range of motion than any other joint in the human body.
The coracoid, acromion, and collarbone are three bones that play a part in the function and stability of the shoulder joint.
Several factors and conditions contribute to shoulder pain. The most common cause is rotator cuff tendinitis, which is a condition characterized by inflamed tendons. Another common cause of shoulder pain is an impingement syndrome. This is where the rotator cuff get caught between the acromion and humeral head.
Sometimes shoulder pain can be the result of an injury that occurred to another location in your body like the neck or bicep. Generally, referred pain doesn't get worse when you move your shoulder.
Other causes of shoulder pain include:
Your physician will perform a physical exam to determine the cause of your shoulder pain. He or she will feel for swelling or tenderness and will assess your range of motion and joint stability. X-rays or MRIs can produce detailed images of your shoulder, which will help with diagnosis.Home Remedies for Shoulder Pain
To help you get immediate relief, here are a few home remedies for shoulder pain:
Acupuncture for shoulder pain involves the insertion of very thin needles through your skin at strategic points on your body. This treatment is a component of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) which is most commonly used to treat pain.
TCM believes acupuncture is a technique for balancing the flow of energy or life force (known as "chi" or "qi") through pathways in your body. By inserting needles into various points along the body, your energy flow will rebalance.
Many Western practitioners believe acupuncture stimulates nerves, muscles, and connective tissue as well as boost your body's natural painkillers.
An acupuncture treatment involves three steps:
Acupuncture is beneficial because it relieves shoulder pain, inflammation, and range or motion impingement.
Graston Technique is another treatment that can be used for soft tissue injuries. During a treatment, a stainless-steel instrument is guided over the skin and pulls the fibers past each other to break up scar tissue in muscles and tendons. The broken fibers release inflammatory chemicals that cause the body's repair cells to migrate to the muscle and replace the scar tissue with quality muscle fibers.
Massage Therapy is also effective to increase your range of motion. It can provide relief of tension, stiffness, and pain.
Acupuncture is a holistic treatment option for treating shoulder. It addresses the underlying causes of inflammation and improves shoulder motion.
Alpha Chiropractic and Physical Therapy provides treatment for many patients in Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Tempe, Phoenix, and Maricopa. Therapy and treatments for many types of conditions can be improved with a combination of acupuncture, massage therapy, and Graston Technique. Learn more about our unique Chandler Chiropractic Clinic.
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