It can be exhausting to deal with shoulder pain on a consistent basis. Everything from sleeping to working may be affected to some degree. It can be exhausting to deal with shoulder pain on a consistent basis. Everything from sleeping to working may be affected to some degree. Besides pain, a person may experience numbness and tingling or weakness in the affected arm. That usually means a loss of strength which can be really tough on a person who is used to being able to tackle any task without assistance.

There are many things that can affect the shoulder in this way. For example, one may be suffering from a dislocation, separation, joint problem, labral injury, or rotator cuff problem. However, there are other shoulder pain problems that are far easier to fix like a misalignment of the neck. How can this cause shoulder pain?

The nerves that extend throughout the arm and into the hand all pass through the shoulder on the way to meet up with the spinal cord. This means an upper cervical misalignment can cause pain just about anywhere depending on the specific location of the misalignment.


Upper Cervical Chiropractic and Shoulder Pain

At Vital Life Wellness Center, we use the NUCCA method of upper cervical chiropractic care. This process starts with specific x-rays that help to identify the exact location and degree of misalignment. A few math calculations allow us to render a very precise correction using a gentle hands-on adjustment to a particular part of the neck. The bones are gently coaxed into proper alignment. This allows the body to heal from nerve and tissue damage caused by the misalignment.

Some wonder if going to an upper cervical chiropractor will lock them into a lifetime of weekly visits, but that’s not how it works.

Depending on the misalignment, and how well the corrections hold (we’ll let you know what you can do to help), visits can gradually get further apart. That makes this a cost-effective way to deal with shoulder pain and other ailments that are caused by misalignments in this area. Patient care is always customized to each individual’s needs.


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Dr. Andrea Pritchett of Vital Life Wellness Center in Dublin, California is an Dublin Chiropractor and Upper Cervical Specialist trained by the National Upper Cervical Chiropractic Association (NUCCA). Her upper cervical clinic also serves Pleasanton, Livermore, San Ramon and Danville. She is uniquely trained to correct problems in the upper cervical spine (upper neck). This vital area is intimately connected to the central nervous system and problems in this area have been shown to be an underlying cause of a variety of different health problems, including children’s conditions such as ear infections, colic and scoliosis and problems that adults face including migraines and other headaches, fibromyalgia, sciatica, neck and back pain, and more. More information can be found on our website at