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All-Natural Treatments for Shoulder Pain

pexels-photo-275768Do you suffer from shoulder pain? Shoulder pain can have many possible origins – it could be caused by some kind of trauma like a car accident, sports injury or even a major fall where you landed on or caught yourself with your shoulder. Or it could be something that has worn down the shoulder over time – muscular imbalances, repetitive stress related to a job or bad posture over time.

Below are some suggestions for things that you can do to help relieve your shoulder pain:

1. Apply ice – Many find considerable relief from applying ice to the shoulders. Ice works to reduce inflammation and swelling thus providing relief. Apply ice for 15 minutes every 2-3 hours as needed.

2. Watch your sleep – Sleeping on your back is best providing the least amount of stress on the shoulder. But if you sleep on your side, lay with your “bad” shoulder up and “hug” a pillow to your chest to prop your arm up relieving stress on the shoulder.

3. Take NSAIDs – Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen can be taken to reduce swelling in the shoulder. By reducing the swelling, more space is created in the shoulder joint, thus taking pressure off of the nerves.

4. Chiropractic adjustments – Adjustments are able to normalize imbalances in many joints of the body including the shoulder and thus release pressure off nerves causing shoulder pain. Typically more than one adjustment is necessary to stabilize shoulder pain, but many find considerable relief after the first adjustment alone.

If you or someone you know is suffering from shoulder pain, we may be able to help you at Health Quest through chiropractic, physical therapy, massage, acupuncture or family medicine. Call us today to schedule an evaluation at 573-635-9655.


Yours in health,

Dr. Ted Tang D.C.

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