Dry needling for shoulder impingement can help relieve pain and dysfunction in your shoulder. If you’ve been diagnosed with shoulder impingement or you’ve done your own research and suspect that you may have an impinged shoulder, dry needling is a great treatment.
Our Cary chiropractors see cases of shoulder impingement on a daily basis and have used chiropractic for shoulder impingement to help many patients not only find relief but get back to being active in CrossFit and other sports.
Let’s answer some questions like “What is shoulder impingement?”, “Can dry needling help shoulder impingement?” and “Can chiropractic help shoulder impingement?”
If you’re interested in dry needling for shoulder injuries, not necessarily for shoulder impingement, this content covers some of the other shoulder injuries I can treat using dry needling –> Dry Needling for Shoulder Injuries
What is Shoulder Impingement?
Most shoulder impingement is called SAIS, or subacromial impingement syndrome. When you have SAIS, soft tissue structures of the shoulder and most notably the supraspinatus tendon is essentially being compressed and pinched due to a lack of space.
This is important because the supraspinatus is a rotator cuff muscle of the shoulder, and partially responsible for raising your arm to the side. With impingement syndrome, when you try to bring your arm overhead, the supraspinatus tendon is pinched underneath the shoulder shelf. This leads to inflammation, further loss of space in this area, pain, trauma to the tendon, weakness, and eventually loss of function. If it’s not addressed, shoulder impingement can cause damage that may require surgery.
Can Dry Needling Help Shoulder Impingement?
Yes, dry needling is an effective part of treatment for addressing shoulder impingement. Along with the supraspinatus muscle, other muscles of the rotator cuff, upper back, and arm become dysfunctional and painful. The joints in the upper back, neck, and shoulder also begin to lose motion because of postural changes or restrictive muscles.
Dry needling can help shoulder impingement by reducing active trigger points that are contributing to shoulder pain and dysfunction. Also, dry needling helps by reducing overactive muscle tone, and by relieving pain in those muscles. Dr. Jason at AccessHealth Chiropractic Center in Cary is part of a small group of chiropractors who perform dry needling in Cary, Apex, Raleigh and the surrounding region.
Want to see some research on Dry Needling? Here’s a nice little summary of a study that looked at dry needling for shoulder tightness –> Dry Needling for Shoulder Tightness
Can Chiropractic Help with Shoulder Impingement?
Joint manipulation (chiropractic adjustments) can not only help, but they are some of the best treatments for shoulder impingement in addition to dry needling. Our Cary chiropractors look at the cervical/thoracic junction and make sure everything is mobile and moving like it should, along with the humerus, scapula, and clavicle. This reduces joint restriction and together with other therapies can help improve the functional alignment of the region.
See this content I wrote on the subject for more information –> Chiropractic for Shoulder Impingement
Our Cary chiropractic center will also give you specific stretches and corrective exercises to relieve shoulder impingement and keep your shoulder impingement from coming back.
If you are looking for chiropractic care for shoulder impingement in Cary, Apex, Raleigh or the surrounding area give AccessHealth Chiropractic Center a call. Our chiropractors treat this condition using dry needling for shoulder impingement, chiropractic care for shoulder impingement, and rehab exercises for shoulder impingement on a regular basis.
Dr. Jason Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. He treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, acupuncture, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating athletes, especially those in the CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA community.
If you’re interested in whether he or another AccessHealth provider can help you, navigate to our contact page or follow this link to request an appointment.