Shoulder Impingement and Sports Chiropractic

How we treat Shoulder Impingement:

  • Extremity adjustments and mobilizations to the Glenohumeral Joint

  • Soft Tissue work such as Active Release Technique and Manual Muscle Therapy with Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization

  • Cupping Therapy

  • Corrective Exercise Patterning and Rehabilitation to restore qualities of movement across ranges of motion

  • Kinesiology Taping from RockTape

Shoulder Impingement (otherwise known as Rotator Cuff Tendonitis) can affect anyone from desk workers to runners - but it typically affects those who do extensive overhead work such as swimmers, golfers, construction workers, and CrossFit Athletes.

Shoulder Impingement occurs when the tissue in the shoulder Ball and Socket joint is taking up too much space and thus gets ‘impinged’ when going through otherwise normal ranges of motion. When we feel this impingement, a pain signal is sent to the brain and then we are forced to compensate or alter our ranges of motion which can lead to further injury.

Three different Causes of Shoulder Impingement Are:

  • Tendinitis. The rotator cuff tendons can be irritated or damaged.

  • Bursitis. The bursa can become inflamed and swell with more fluid causing pain.

  • Impingement. When you raise your arm to shoulder height, the space between the acromion and rotator cuff narrows. The acromion can rub against (or "impinge" on) the tendon and the bursa, causing irritation and pain.