Shoulder Pain

Shotty Shoulder

Shoulders are amazing but when the shoulder hurts it can stop you dead in your tracks, pain can radiate up into the neck and down into the arm.  What most people do not realize is how expansive the shoulder is until it stops working.

The shoulder complex includes more than 7 joints

  • Acromioclavicular (shoulder blade to the collar bone)
  • Sternoclavicular (breast bone to collar bone)
  • Glenohumeral (arm bone against the shoulder blade, what is thought of as the “shoulder”)
  • Scapulothoracic (shoulder blade articulating against the rib cage)
  • Rib joints with the spine and the breast bone (there are 24 joints on each side of the body which affect the movement and function in the shoulder)

The shoulder also includes muscles extending from the base of the skull to the waist, from the breastbone all the way around the rib cage to the spine.  Bringing the shoulder into wellness involves getting all these various tissues and joints to work well together.  You have likely heard the phrase – there is no I in team.  This is especially true for the shoulder complex.  The system needs to be addressed as a team, working on individual parts of this amazing complex doesn’t work for you.

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