Shoulder, Arms & Hand Problems

Shoulder, arm and hand problems are commonly the result of joint dysfunction and nerve interference in the spine or upper limb. Our Chiropractors are educated to identify the cause, assist in its management, and too give advice on prevention.

Why Do Problems Occur?

[blue]Cervico-Thoracic Vertebral Subluxation[/blue]

Locking of joints in the neck and upper back may stress nerves from the spine, often resulting in referred pain, numbness, pins and needles, muscle spasm, weakness or loss of use of the arm. Nerves to the blood vessels may be affected causing hot or cold changes or swelling in the arm.

[blue]Over-use/excessive loading[/blue]

This may arise from repetitive stresses at work, the use of vibrating machinery, poor posture, carrying school bags on one shoulder, sporting activities, poor bedding or sleep patterns. This may lead to joint and ligament strain, muscle strain and nerve irritation.

[blue]Sudden trauma[/blue]

Such as injuries from sport, car accidents (especially whiplash), falls and knocks, and children being violently shaken. Again, nerve damage, joint subluxation (ie. misalignment and locking), ligament sprain and muscle strain may be the consequence.

[blue]Referred pain[/blue]

This may occur from problems in other areas of the spine, organs of the chest or upper abdomen.


Poor function of joints can cause degenerative changes (osteoarthritis). Correct joint function and muscle balance is essential for healthy bodily function. Regular chiropractic care, exercise, weight control and a nutritious diet will help reduce the development or progression of osteoarthritic changes.

Chiropractic benefits

Many common problems such as frozen shoulder, bursitis, tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome respond well to chiropractic management.

Chiropractors recognise that poorly functioning joints of the spine or arm interfere with nerve pathways. This often leads to weakness, poor co-ordination and loss of function.

The chiropractic approach is to restore function by:

  • correcting poorly functioning joints (called subluxation)
  • improving muscle balance and strength
  • advising on remedial exercises and preventive procedures


We know that prevention is far better than cure. Regular chiropractic care helps reduce the likelihood of problems by assisting optimal balance and function of the spine and nervous system.

Chiropractic care

When consulted, we will take a comprehensive history and examine the spine, shoulder and arm. The chest, and abdomen may be examined. X-rays may be taken. The chiropractor may also examine other areas seemingly unrelated such as the lower back. We are interested in your overall health and also recognise that your problem may be caused by instability in another area. A course of treatment to re-establish normal function will be recommended if it is considered chiropracic care would be beneficial. Exercises and advice on reducing the effects of physical stress may be given. Referral to other health practitioners may be made when necessary.


… for ongoing care may be made to assist in maintenance of health and prevention of future problems. Health care requires constant attention, for maximum benefit. Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs or surgery.

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