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Like many parts of the body, we rarely pay attention to the health of our shoulders until we notice an issue. Whether it’s limited mobility or outright pain, that’s when our shoulders are suddenly on our radars. Fortunately, chiropractic can help restore function to the shoulders. Here’s what to understand about chiropractic care for shoulder pain.


The shoulder joints (glenohumeral joint and acromion-clavicular)and its three associated bones (scapula, humerus, clavicle) are governed by multiple muscles for proper function. An injury or overuse can lead to shoulder pain, but so can dysfunction in the cervical spine and poor posture.

Dysfunction in the cervical spine means that joints in the neck are limited, without full range of motion, which directly impacts the shoulder. That’s why Dr. McSweeney, a holistic chiropractor here in Reno, will examine the health and function of the spine from which a troubled extremity begins. It tends to surprise patients that the source of pain in one area is actually somewhere else entirely, which is often the case with shoulder pain and the cervical spine.

Poor posture can also create biomechanical stress on the shoulders. A slouched spine, hunched and rounded shoulders, and tech neck can all contribute to long-term problems that present as limited range of motion, weak and imbalanced muscles, and decreased function in the extremities.

So how can chiropractic care help? By making adjustments to the spinal and extremity joints, Dr. McSweeney can restore full range of motion and communication between the brain and various parts of the body. Chiropractic care is a drug-free, surgery-free method for resolving your shoulder pain. Learn more about what to expect at your first visit, and schedule an appointment today.