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What is Shoulder pain?

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At Acupuncture of Columbia, our passion is helping you rediscover the joys of a life free from chronic pain or illness. With our expert practitioners and individualized treatment plans, we’re dedicated to guiding you on your journey towards holistic healing. If you’re ready to take the first step in addressing your pain or chronic condition, don’t hesitate to book an appointment with us. Experience the transformative power of acupuncture and let us help you reclaim your health and wellbeing. Together, we can chart a course towards a pain-free, healthier life.

UNDERSTANDING shoulder pain

Shoulder pain is a complex and multifaceted condition that can significantly impact daily life and limit the ability to perform routine activities. The shoulder joint is a highly mobile and intricate structure composed of bones, muscles, tendons, ligaments, and cartilage. It allows for a wide range of motion and enables us to perform various tasks, such as reaching, lifting, and throwing.

Shoulder pain can arise from a variety of factors, including injuries, overuse, age-related wear and tear, or underlying medical conditions. Injuries such as rotator cuff tears, dislocations, or fractures can lead to acute shoulder pain and may require immediate medical attention. Overuse injuries, commonly seen in athletes or individuals who engage in repetitive overhead activities, can cause chronic shoulder pain due to inflammation, strain, or tendonitis. Age-related conditions like osteoarthritis or degenerative changes can also contribute to shoulder pain, resulting in joint stiffness, inflammation, and discomfort.

symptoms of shoulder pain

If you are experiencing shoulder pain, you may encounter one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Dull or sharp pain in the shoulder joint
  • Difficulty raising or moving the arm
  • Limited range of motion in the shoulder
  • Stiffness or tightness in the shoulder muscles
  • Pain that worsens with specific movements or activities


Acupuncture can be an effective complementary therapy for managing shoulder pain and promoting shoulder health. By targeting specific acupuncture points, it aims to alleviate pain, reduce inflammation, improve circulation, and support the body’s natural healing processes. Acupuncture stimulates the body’s energy pathways, helping to restore balance and enhance overall well-being.

Acupuncture stimulates the release of endorphins, natural pain-relieving substances in the body, helping to alleviate shoulder pain.

Acupuncture has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help reduce inflammation in the shoulder joint and surrounding tissues.

By promoting blood circulation and relaxation of muscles, acupuncture can help improve shoulder mobility and flexibility.

Acupuncture supports the body’s natural healing mechanisms, aiding in the recovery process of shoulder injuries or conditions.