Caring For Elbow and Shoulder Pain
As technology improves and becomes more accessible, workplaces become ever more connected. In terms of sharing ideas and collaborating across the globe, that’s not a bad thing. However, that does also mean more people spending eight hours a day sitting at their computer. Without proper ergonomic care, that can lead to a range of different problems like poor posture and carpal tunnel. How much more difficult would your day be, if you couldn’t use one of your hands for a while because of a preventable injury?
Something as innocuous as carpal tunnel may not seem like a big deal, but when it affects your ability to do your job, cook meals, and all the other things you do throughout the day, that minor issue becomes a big deal. And, unfortunately, working at a computer all day is one of the major causes behind shoulder, elbow, and hand pain.
Shoulder and Elbow Pain
A bit of a twinge in your shoulder can be brushed off pretty easily. However, that slight twinge can be a sign of deeper problems that could end up affecting the entire arm, as well as your neck and back. Shoulder and elbow injuries are particularly common in athletes, both teenaged and adults, as well as anyone who does physical or repetitive jobs. Yes, the repetitive nature of a job includes sitting at a computer and typing all day. What this means is something as seemingly harmless as sitting at your desk and doing your job can cause shoulder and/or elbow pain if you aren’t taking measures to care for your body. Your shoulder, arm, and hand are all linked to a bundle of nerves called the brachial plexus, which extend through your upper shoulder and lower neck. The brachial plexus not only controls how your arms feel sensations, but also how they move. What this may mean is that you could have an issue with your neck or shoulder, and you may feel pain from that issue in your hand. Conversely, a problem in your forearm or elbow could radiate out and feel stronger in your shoulder.
Fortunately, a lot of the most common causes of shoulder and elbow problems can be prevented or healed before they become a major issue. If you work at a computer, this can include things like ensuring your desk and chair are set up ergonomically to provide support specific to your body. In addition, chiropractic visits can help ensure your joints and spine are all in proper alignment and physical therapy can help strengthen those supporting muscles. Of course, our care is not limited to those who work at a computer all day. Our treatments work to help the whole body function well without the use of medications or invasive surgeries, so they are just as appropriate for athletes and those who have physically demanding jobs. Whether you work at a desk or out doing physical labor, physical therapy is a great option to not only treat aches and pains, but to prevent problems from developing.
Protect Your Body
At Senara Health, we offer well-rounded care for your whole body, which includes a combination of physical therapy and chiropractic techniques. Physical therapy focuses specifically on building strength, while chiropractic care focuses on your bones, joints, and central nervous system. Since your nerves are what convey messages of pain throughout your body, the health of your nervous system is key to reducing or alleviating pain. And, since your spine is the core of your nervous system, spinal health is just as important. Muscle strength through physical therapy then helps support your joints and healthy movement. Our physical therapy techniques work to increase mobility, improve strength, and minimize pain to help your body function optimally. Overall, physical therapy can provide the following benefits:
- Minimize aches, pains, and discomfort
- Reduce inflammation
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Improve muscle tone and strength
All of this works together to heal a great many different injuries and health concerns. So, if you’re struggling with pain from carpal tunnel, tennis elbow, or any other aches in your shoulders and elbows, a chiropractor may be the best choice to provide relief.
At Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa, we take a holistic approach to our physical therapy care. We incorporate a range of different techniques so we can provide the treatment your body needs to heal and stay strong. Our doctors may suggest a combination of treatment options, including: massage therapy, decompression therapy, acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments, and physical therapy. We offer all of these services at our Peoria location so our doctors can the right physical therapy plan based on your body’s needs.
Stop shoulder and elbow pain at the source. Contact the Senara Health and Healing Center & Spa team to learn more about our physical therapy care and schedule your initial consultation!