How The Way You Hold Yourself Could Cause Shoulder Pain
The shoulder joint is a complex structure that consists of the humerus, scapula, and clavicle, along with the surrounding muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Any damage to these structures can cause shoulder pain, which can have various potential causes, including poor posture. Poor posture can be a result of a range of factors, including conditions like “tech neck” and rounded shoulders, which occur when the body is in a downward and forward position for a long time.
Using smartphones or tablets, sitting for extended periods, using computers or laptops, driving a vehicle, repeatedly bending over, and carrying heavy objects are common activities that can cause rounded shoulders. Poor posture that leads to rounded shoulders can cause Upper Crossed Syndrome, which is characterized by tight chest muscles and weak upper back muscles that cause shoulder pain, numbness, and tingling in the arms and hands.
Improving posture and reducing shoulder pain can be done by being mindful of your posture throughout the day, avoiding hunching over desks or computers for long periods, taking frequent breaks to stretch and move around, and incorporating regular exercise that strengthens the upper back, shoulder, and neck muscles. Yoga, Pilates, and weight training are great options.
If self-treatment does not improve the shoulder pain, it may be necessary to consult a chiropractor. Chiropractors can assess the posture and identify any structural imbalances contributing to the pain. They can develop a personalized treatment plan that may include spinal adjustments, massage therapy, and exercises to correct posture. Spinal adjustments realign the spine, reduce pressure on the nerves, and massage therapy loosens tight muscles and improves circulation, reducing inflammation and promoting healing.
Healthy Posture Habits
Changing habits can help prevent or alleviate shoulder pain caused by poor posture. If you need help with shoulder pain, South Orange Chiropractic Center’s team can assess the issue and develop a personalized treatment plan to relieve the pain and help you get back to your daily activities pain-free.