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Nanaimo physiotherapist, chiropractor and Registered Massage Therapist and shoulder pain

Neck and shoulder pain are two of the most common reasons patients seek treatment at Pure Body Balance. Neck and shoulder pain is very common today and this is partly due to repetitive tasks performed at work, improper posture, injuries (vehicle, work or sport related etc.) and technology.

Nanaimo Chiropractor explaining neck pain
This picture shows the forces acting on the neck in various postures. When the head is positioned with good posture the force is minimal but the further the head moves forward the more force that is applied to the surrounding musculature and joints. This increased force can cause pain and stiffness as the joints and muscles struggle to support the head in its deviated posture.

The issue is that postural changes for the better or worse do not happen overnight. Poor posture resulting in pain often is the result of habits or activities performed over the long term. A Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or a Registered Massage Therapist can perform a posture assessment, treat the symptoms of your condition and demonstrate exercises and stretches to help strengthen weakened musculature and stretch shortened muscles. These exercises and stretches can help, when performed consistently, to relieve the pain caused by abnormal posture. Chiropractors, Physiotherapists and Registered Massage Therapists can also provide recommendations on how to alter daily activity or provide tips on how to improve posture in order to help Patients immediately decrease the additional forces acting on their body.

While treatment will relieve immediate pain, it is important to strengthen the weakened musculature in order to permanently address the cause of your pain. Below are a few exercises that can help those who suffer from chronic shoulder and neck pain.  Always consult your Doctor before beginning an exercise program and talk to your practitioner (Chiropractor, Physiotherapist or Registered Massage Therapist) to make sure any new exercises will not make your condition worse. 

Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

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