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Muscle imbalances are one of the leading problems related to shoulder pain. Quite often patients come into our Layton physical therapy office with shoulder pain related issues. We have found dry needling therapy for shoulder pain to be an effective treatment method. Identifying what is behind the shoulder pain allows our experts to create long-term treatments that will allow patients to find relief.

What Causes Shoulder Pain?

Shoulder pain is common in the U.S. as we see patients come in with long-term shoulder pain quite often. Unfortunately we find that over 67% of patients will experience some type of shoulder pain throughout their lifetime. Pain caused from an accident, pain caused by improper posture, pain caused just by sleeping the wrong way can all be related to your problems with muscle aches. The shoulder is one area in the body that is connected to several other areas. The shoulder moves freely in several different directions. The mobility of the shoulder is what does leave it vulnerable to pain. Wear and tear from everyday use is one of the leading factors causing shoulder pain.

Dry Needling for Shoulder Pain

Imbalance of the muscles is one of the most common causes of limited mobility of the shoulder. We refer to pain of this type as “functional shoulder pain.” When you have inefficient shoulder function, it is easy to have muscles around the shoulder start hurting. The shoulder muscles can become overactive and can begin cramping. Other muscles then become inhibited and weaker. Having the imbalance of muscle function will cause trigger points to develop. We then use dry needling treatment to target the trigger points, which causes them to be stimulated and eventually release, letting go of the tension and pain. The imbalance of muscle function will place more stress on the shoulder joints, back, and neck.

What Does Shoulder Pain Feel Like?

Limited mobility and a dull ache are the two most common symptoms of shoulder pain. Painful knots around the shoulder and the shoulder blade are other common symptoms. While resting the shoulder can decrease pain, it is not always a treatment that is doable with today’s busy world. As soon as a patient gets into their normal activities, they often see the pain return. Prolonged muscle pain can lead to degenerative joint pain and postural changes.

How Dry Needling Treatment Works

Using a small filament needle, we gently insert it into the trigger point. The goal is to cause the trigger point to be stimulated to allow the myofascial trigger point to release. Producing this twitch from the knot will result in relaxation of the shoulder muscle pain. Patients will be able to find relief from pain and an increase in mobility of the shoulder. Using additional treatments, we are able to help patients find a way to receive long-term results and improve their overall shoulder mobility and function. To learn more about dry needling therapy for shoulder pain, or to schedule a consultation with our experts, contact our physical therapy office in Layton or Mountain Green today!