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Natural Treatments for Rotator Cuff Pain

The rotator cuff is a group of tendons and muscles located in the shoulder and upper back. It connects the upper part of the arm to the shoulder blade. The tendons in the rotator cuff are responsible for shoulder stability. The muscles in the rotator cuff allow the shoulder to rotate.

To understand how important the rotator cuff is, you need to know how the shoulder works. The shoulder is made up of three bones: the humerus (upper arm), scapula (shoulder blade), and clavicle (collar bone). The shoulder is a ball-and-socket type joint. The ball, or head, of your upper arm bone fits precisely into a shallow socket in your shoulder blade.

The rotator cuff is what keeps your arm in this socket! Clearly, it’s an important piece of the body’s puzzle. When rotator cuff pain occurs, it can be incredibly debilitating. It’s also something that needs to be taken seriously!

Symptoms of Rotator Cuff Pain

According to The Mayo Clinic, symptoms associated with a rotator cuff injury may include:

  • a dull ache in the shoulder
  • difficulty sleeping, especially when laying on the affected shoulder
  • pain when lifting or moving your arm in different directions
  • a grating sound or sensation when moving your shoulder in certain positions
  • weakness in the impacted shoulder and arm

Common Causes of Rotator Cuff Pain

There are a number of causes for rotator cuff pain or injuries. Typically this type of pain comes from a torn rotator cuff. Sports injuries, unexpected falls, overuse from repeated actions, and normal wear and tear from aging can lead to rotator cuff pain.

Unfortunately, a rotator cuff tear is one of the most common injuries to occur in the shoulder area. Rotator cuff pain can also be caused by:

  • Tendonitis
  • Impingement of the tendons in the shoulder
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Bursitis

Natural Treatments for Rotator Cuff Pain

Seeking treatment early on during the course of rotator cuff issues is key. There are many nonsurgical methods available to treat and heal rotator cuff pain. Read on to learn about natural treatment options for rotator cuff pain and injuries.


While many believe that doctors of chiropractic only treat back and neck pain, this simply isn’t the case. Doctors of chiropractic are experts in understanding how the body works and moves. Their goal is to help restore function to all parts of the body, and to help harness your body’s ability to heal itself.

Dr. Dee, at Healing Hands Chiropractic in Murfreesboro, TN, has years of experiencing treating injuries such as rotator cuff pain. Through targeted adjustments, she can help reduce inflammation around the rotator cuff. She can also help restore range of motion and recommend exercises that will strengthen the area.

Through these adjustments, Dr. Dee will help restore the body’s nervous system. This power is what helps the body heal itself, and will help your rotator cuff heal.


If you know you’ve just injured your rotator cuff, immediately place ice on the area. This helps reduce inflammation and swelling. Apply ice for 15 minutes every other hour for the first few hours. Then you can drop down to 3 times a day until the pain subsides.


One of the hardest things to do in our society is to rest and take time to let our body heal. If you’re injured, your body needs even more rest than usual! Try getting more sleep and limiting overhead activities to give your rotator cuff time to heal.

Take it easy and give your shoulder and rotator cuff time to heal. By slowing down, you could truly speed up your recovery time.

Strengthening and Stretching

There are specific exercises you can do to strengthen and restore movement to the rotator cuff. Definitely seek out the advice of an expert before starting any strengthening regimen.

Stretching will also help improve your rotator cuff pain, by increasing flexibility and range of motion. Remember, stretching should never hurt or cause pain in the rotator cuff.

Rotator Cuff Strengthening and Stretching Exercises

If your doctor has cleared you for strengthening and stretching exercises to help in healing your rotator cuff injury, try giving these a try!

1. Crossover Arm Stretch

With your feet hip distance apart, relax you shoulders and gently pull one arm across your chest as far as you can. Hold at your upper arm area for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat the stretch 5x per side.

2. Back Rotation

Hold a small hand towel, lengthwise, behind your back. Be sure you grab one end with one hand, and lightly hold the other end with your other hand. Pull the towel horizontally so that it stretches your shoulder, but doesn’t cause pain. Hold this stretch for 30 seconds. Relax for 10 seconds. Repeat 4x per side.

3. Pendulum

Lean forward with your knees slightly bend and put one hand on a table for support. Let your other arm hang at your side. Swing this arm back and forth 3-4 times, then side to side 3-4 times, and then in a circular motion 3-4 times. Repeat this sequence with the other arm. Do this 3x per side.

4. Standing Row

Using a light resistance band, loop the band around a doorknob or post. Grab the handles or two ends the band with your hand. With your feet hip distance apart, hold the band with your elbow bent and at your side.

Keeping your arm close to your side, slowly pull your elbow straight back. Slowly return to the starting position. Do 3 sets of 10 per side. Think about squeezing your shoulder blades together as you pull.

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

If you think you are suffering from a rotator cuff injury, please contact our offices today. Chiropractic care is a safe, natural, and effective way to treat rotator cuff pain at its source.

Dr. Dee and her kind and caring staff at Healing Hands Chiropractic look forward to hearing from you! Contact our offices today at 615-203-3505


8 Researched Benefits of Chiropractic

Millions of people across the globe turn to chiropractic care each day. Why? Because it has amazing benefits! As a safe, natural, and effective path to natural healing, chiropractic has benefits for people of all ages.

Why Get Chiropractic Adjustments?

Doctors of chiropractic often try to remove vertebral subluxations in the spine. These subluxations are misalignments in the spine that compress and irritate nerves. When the spine is compromised, the body’s nervous system cannot function as it should. Since the nervous system controls every single function in the body, it’s crucial to have it working at its best.

There are many causes of vertebral subluxations. Common causes include:

  • A vertebra becoming misaligned due to a slip or fall
  • Poor posture
  • Joint swelling
  • Inflammation in the body due to poor diet, stress, or other factors
  • Degenerative changes in the spine
  • Tight back muscles or trigger points pulling the spine out of alignment

Vertebral subluxations can have negative impacts on your health. They may lead to headaches, back pain, allergies, TMJD, athletic injuries, and more! Do not let your life be run by these spinal misalignments. Chiropractic can help!

8 Researched Benefits of Chiropractic Care

1. Sciatica

In a recent study done by the European Spine Journal, chiropractic adjustments had a 72 percent success rate in treating sciatica. Physical therapy only had a 20 percent success rate, and corticosteroid injections had a 50 percent success rate.

Most modern medical treatments treat the symptoms of sciatica pain, not the cause. Chiropractic identifies the source of sciatica pain and treats it. Dr. Dee  at Healing Hands Chiropractic will identify what subluxations are causing your sciatic nerve pain and treat them with spinal manipulations. This is a safe, natural, and effective way to combat sciatic nerve pain at its source!

2. Low Back Pain and Neck Pain

The British Medical Journal published a study in 2003 of 183 patients with neck pain. Participants were randomly chosen to receive chiropractic care, physiotherapy, or see a general practitioner over the course of a year.

The clinical results showed that chiropractic adjustments lead to faster recovery than both physiotherapy and general practitioner care. It also showed that the total costs of patients treated with chiropractic care were about one-third of the costs of physiotherapy or general practitioner care.

The Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics studied patients suffering from low-back pain. Their findings showed that patients with chronic low-back pain who were treated by chiropractors saw greater improvement and patient satisfaction after one month of treatment, than those treated by family doctors.

3. Headaches 

Headaches are one of the most common ailments treated by chiropractors. There have been over 230 peer-reviewed articles that showed chiropractic’s ability to help prevent and treat headache pain. In fact, chiropractic care even helps reduce the frequency and severity of headache and migraine pain!

One group trial found that of the 22 percent of patients treated with chiropractic, they saw a 90 percent drop in their number of headaches. 49 percent also said their headache and migraine pain was reduced.

4. Colic and Ear Infections

In 2012, the Journal of Manipulative Physiological Therapeutics found that chiropractic adjustments reduced colic symptoms. Dozens of studies also report a link between chiropractic adjustments in kids, and reduced frequency of ear infections.

Birth and childhood are both very active and physically demanding processes! It makes sense that kids would suffer from subluxations that could lead to their nervous system not functioning as it should. Treat your child’s colic or ear infections with chiropractic.

5. Blood Pressure 

George Bakris, a leading expert on hypertension, published a study in 2007 on chiropractic care and blood pressure. In the Human Journal of Hypertension, his study proved that just one upper cervical chiropractic adjustment had the same impact as two blood pressure lowering drugs. Even more, the effects of one adjustment lasted more than 6 months!

6. Surgery Prevention

The Journal of the American Medical Association recently published its low back pain guidelines. These guidelines recommended that those suffering from back pain should seek chiropractic care before resorting to surgery.

7. Frozen Shoulder

A recent clinical trial showed that patients suffering from frozen shoulder responded well to chiropractic care. In the 50 patients studied, 16 saw their frozen shoulder healed. 25 showed a 75 to 90 percent improvement. 8 showed a 50 percent to 75 percent improvement. One showed 0 to 50 percent improvement.

8. Athletic Performance 

Many top athletes use chiropractic care to help enhance their performance. In fact, every NFL team has a chiropractor on its medical staff! Athletes such as Michael Phelps and Jordan Spieth are under regular chiropractic care.

Regular chiropractic care has many benefits for athletes:

  • Boosts immune system
  • Recover faster
  • Relieves muscle tension
  • Increases energy
  • Restores nervous system function

Healing Hands Chiropractic Can Help

Chiropractic care has many proven benefits. From birth and beyond, it has something to offer for everyone. At Healing Hands Chiropractic, located in Murfreesboro, TN., Dr. Dee and her highly trained staff can help treat life’s aches and pains.

Whether you’re suffering from headaches, seasonal allergies, back pain, neck pain, migraines, shoulder pain, or anything in between, chiropractic care can help. There are countless research studies proving time and time again that chiropractic care works. It saves patients time and money, while giving them a natural and safe treatment option.

As a 2008 graduate of Palmer College of Chiropractic, Dr. Dee went to one of the most prestigious chiropractic universities available. She has co-owned practices in Chicagoland and Wisconsin before opening Healing Hands Chiropractic in Murfreesboro in 2015.

Healing Hands Chiropractic seeks to instill knowledge in each patient, improve their life through the power of chiropractic, and help them along in their journey to wellness. Each patient at Healing Hands Chiropractic is treated like family, and that is why Healing Hands and Dr. Dee have consistently been voted Murfreesboro’s favorite chiropractor.

Call our offices today to schedule your appointment and consultation — we look forward to hearing from you and walking this wellness journey together! 615-203-3505