Shoulder, Neck, and Arm Pain
Often, these pains are being misdiagnosed by either a torn rotator cuff or bursitis. Most of the time, this is not the case. The medical answer is to use a medicine, such as steroids, to reduce inflammation to these issues. On the contrary, steroids end up hurting the body negatively as opposed to eliminating the main cause. Some long term effects of steroid use can lead to weakening ligaments and tendons within the body. Once steroids are in use, many times there is a push to depend on this type of treatment to eliminate the issue. A true health solution will not give a manmade substance as a dependency, but rather tools to eliminate interference for the body to heal itself.
A Different Solution
Although pain may be felt throughout the arm or shoulder, the root is found in the nerves connecting to your spine toward your neck. Rather than breaking up the tissue within the shoulder, the answer can be found in relieving tension in the nerves. Following these steps will bring you closer to healing and avoid suggested treatments that only harm your health.
Three Ways to Eliminate Shoulder, Neck, and Arm Pain
This process involves feeling around the area that is causing pain. Doing a range of motion test will show which area is being affected and where interference needs to be eliminated. After this process, x-rays will be taken to see if there are any disks issues, poor posture, or degeneration within the neck. Any of these issues can cause numbness, tingling, or pain. Simple signs of poor posture will show loss of curvature in the neck which contributes to an uneven distribution of weight to your spine. Stress is added to nerves toward the neck due to car accidents, working on a computer, and prolonged sitting. This stress creates irritation, pain, and inflammation to the nerves and disks.
These will be crucial in the lower neck with these specific areas of pain. Using traction or decompression machines also alleviate pressure on the spine. Misaligned areas in the neck will be adjusted. Scar tissue will be broken up to increase range of motion. And a specific adjustment to the shoulder will push the shoulder back into alignment. You can feel relief as soon as one adjustment.
3. Retrain the Body
It is vital to retrain your body due to its tendency to follow muscle memory. After being aligned, it is important to focus on your posture. This includes forward head posture, inward shoulders, overly curved back, and text neck. Your posture matters whether you are driving, sleeping, or sitting.
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