Patients have come in with complaints of constant burning and aching between their shoulder blades, stiffness in their shoulders, and sometimes the pain goes up into the neck. When I question them about their daily routine, they will tell me they spend all day at a computer.
What many people do not realize is that many shoulder and neck problems develop from sitting at a desk because it lends itself to poor posture. Basically, we tend to slouch and then our head goes out in front of our shoulders (aka. head forward posture). If this posture is maintained over a period of time, whether it be a day or a few years, you will develop muscular imbalances in the form of tightness/ weakness, and spinal nerve stress. This spinal nerve stress can lead to symptoms like numbness, tingling, burning and pain. Anti-inflammatories, like other nsaids (Aspirin, Tylenol, Advil, etc.) work on inflammation but they do nothing for the spinal nerve stress, muscular imbalance, or poor posture. In fact, nsaids can create a much bigger problem, namely, gastrointestinal bleeding and degeneration of cartilage. That’s right, nsaids destroy cartilage which can lead to arthritis. By contrast, I would remove the spinal nerve stress and restore better motion in your joints by adjusting the involved vertebrae. Then, I would do trigger point therapy on your muscles so that they would become less tight, less fatigued and function better. And if you sit in our dry sauna before your chiropractic treatment, your muscles will be warmed up and more relaxed and you will receive an even greater benefit from the treatment. Our sauna will dilate the peripheral blood vessels and flush out inflammatory chemicals which can relieve joint and muscle pain. We offer many treatments to help your body feel better and function better, naturally: chiropractic, trigger point therapy, massage, acupuncture, dry infrared sauna and colon hydrotherapy.