Shoulder PAIN

Chiropractic care can be extremely beneficial for problems stemming from the shoulders.

About Shoulder pain 

Chiropractors have been known to treat issues of the back and spine, including back pain and neck pain. However, chiropractic care can also be extremely beneficial for problems stemming from the shoulders and the rest of the upper extremities.

Most commonly we are able to deduce two common reasons for the shoulder pain that is purely stemming from a shoulder problem: the rotator cuff or the shoulder joint itself. Rotator cuff problems are historically more common than joint problems, where tendinous issues are the most common rotator cuff problem.

More specifically, here are common diagnoses related to both categories of shoulder pain:

Rotator cuff related problems

Bone / joint / capsule related problems

Full tear or partial tear

AC or SC joint separation

Small tear or tendinopathy

Bursitis / capsulitis / frozen shoulder

Impingement syndrome

Labral tear


Fracture / dislocation

However, an indirect cause of shoulder pain often stems from the neck. Some of these neck conditions include:

  • Herniated disc
  • Nerve impingement
  • Stenosis
  • Thoracic outlet syndrome
  • Whiplash injuries

By determining the specific region that your shoulder pain is coming from, we are able to make a more specific diagnosis.

We at Mobility Plus Downtown Seattle Chiropractic Care like to implement a variety of interventions for effective shoulder pain treatment and pain relief.

Depending on your diagnosis, we work to build a concise treatment plan for you that targets both the direct and indirect causes of your shoulder pain, naturally relieving your pain while targeting the real problem.

Patients who visit our Seattle chiropractic office for shoulder pain, commonly complain of one or more of the following:

  • Loss of range of motion
  • Minor pains or throbbing even at rest
  • Radiating pain from the shoulder through the arm or back
  • Discomfort while performing everyday activities
  • Athletes who use the throwing motion
  • And more

Our chiropractic care team will provide a natural, healthy, noninvasive wellness plan to alleviate your shoulder pain and get to the true nature of what’s causing it. Dr. Li uses a variety of special techniques that will contribute to the ultimate in body function and general body wellbeing.

Here Are Some Of The More Common Shoulder Conditions We See and Treat:

  • Shoulder tightness
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Text neck
  • Shoulder pain when working at your desk
  • Shoulder pain when working out
  • Sprain / strain
  • Muscle weakness
  • Headaches
  • Nerve pain (pins and needles down your shoulder, neck, or arms, burning sensations)
  • Limited mobility
  • Muscle spasms
  • Shoulder pain worsened by holding your head in one place for too long (driving or working on a computer / laptop)

Depending on your diagnosis, we pride ourselves in building a concise, holistic treatment plan that targets both the direct and indirect causes of your pain.

Here Are Some Of Our Shoulder Pain Solutions:

  • Chiropractic Manipulation
  • Kinesiotape / Rocktape 
  • Soft tissue therapy
  • Manual therapy
  • Shoulder mobility exercises
  • Neck stability exercises
  • Thoracic mobility exercises
  • Postural corrective exercises
  • Shoulder blade stabilization
  • Proper shoulder stretching exercises
  • Neurodynamic evaluation
  • Activity modification
  • Nerve flossing
  • Nerve slacking
  • Dermal traction at the shoulder joint
  • DNS stabilization exercises

Dr. Li’s Treatments for Shoulder Pain

Mobility Plus Downtown Seattle Chiropractic Care is determined to find an efficient, effective solution to your problem and what’s causing your shoulder pain. Dr. Li holds several certificates and is a true believer in ongoing education, he works hard to stay informed and to learn the best in chiropractic care so his patients get real results, naturally. 

Some of the most common services we provide to our patients suffering from shoulder pain are:

Clinical Neurodynamics

This is a successful system for those with shoulder injuries and pain, using diagnostic and therapeutic recovery methods, clinical neurodynamics offers quick, competent results. It is one of our most used practices for patients with shoulder pain.


Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS)

This treatment will establish motor patterns to help the patient learn how to correctly utilize their movement to help the body perform at its best. We will provide specific, individualized exercises to aid our patients in a swift recovery. 

Although DNS is a reliable treatment, it is not commonly used by chiropractors or rehabilitation facilities in the area, however, Dr. Li specializes in this highly effective treatment program.

McKenzie Institute Mechanical Diagnosis and Therapy (MDT)

This powerful treatment can make an extremely accurate diagnosis upon learning the patient’s pain points and complaints. It is often used in physical therapy and Dr. Li is happy to offer this specialized service in his Seattle chiropractic office. 


Functional Movement Screen (FMS)

The FMS technique provides a movement screen that can quickly and accurately determine how the body moves. Movement patterns that have been with us for years can be assessed and Dr. Li can put a manageable and consistent plan into place that will train your body how to work and move properly. 

Postural Restoration Institute (PRI)

This solution finds the asymmetries in the patient’s neurological, respiratory, circulatory, and muscular systems. With a significant focus on the body’s weaknesses during specific movements, we can determine a wellness plan that will benefit body alignment and symmetry, contributing greatly to body balance. 

Adjustments to treat shoulder pain

Adjustments to the body can help support the body’s wellness goals and quickly reduce pain. Dr. Li practices many types of spinal manipulations that will get the body back to its intended state, allowing the spine to provide the best support possible. 

Exercises to treat shoulder pain

Building strength and balance are going to help support you in your efforts for a pain-free shoulder. This can be done through exercises and stretches that the patient can perform at home (and some, even in their office). Our patients will always receive a list of safe activities that can be utilized to maximize their recovery. 

Chiropractic Manipulation 

We offer several kinds of chiropractic manipulations at Mobility Plus Downtown Seattle Chiropractic Care. Some are manual manipulations while others require the use of small tools and adjustable, moveable tables. Dr. Li will only use treatments that the patient is comfortable with. It’s important that our patients trust us and feel confident in their means of recovery.  

We often combine several of our therapies and techniques to best ensure the quickest most successful rehabilitation process. More often than not, we give the patient at-home stretching and exercising to enhance the process and reinforce a healthy lifestyle.  

Our team will work diligently with every patient, learning the goals they hope to accomplish, their personal comfort levels, and the needs of their body to create a plan that will be organic, noninvasive, safe, and free of medication.

Getting the Best Help for Your Shoulder Pain

Dr. Li has your best interest at heart at all times. His special techniques and experience offer his patients relief, support, education, and overall well-being. If you are suffering from shoulder pain, Mobility Plus can help get your life back.

Finding a chiropractor to rid you of your pain and managing the root of that pain is a critical step in true, effective recovery.

We have an easy process: 

  • First step - We ask you questions about your past medical history and current pains
  • Second step- We move forward with an analysis through a thorough comprehensive physical examination
  • Final step- Armed with your personal goals, Dr. Li will discuss with you how best to proceed with your wellness plan

Why Come to Mobility Plus for Your Shoulder Pain 

Your pain shouldn’t be ruling your life, no matter how minimal or seemingly inconsequential. Small body pains can lead to much larger problems. Let Dr. Li find a cure to your problem through natural, highly effective, risk-free techniques that he has studied for years.

Don’t let your shoulder pain run the show, you have resources to rid your problems for good. Call Dr. Li and make an appointment today.

Ratish P. // Seattle, WA

Manager, Amazon

I have been seeing Dr. Li on and off for over 2 years now. He is hands down the best doctor I have ever met. I play a fair bit of tennis and it is not uncommon to have chronic pain in my lower back, knee, or shoulder. Dr. Li has helped me overall the last couple years to reduce or completely get rid of these chronic issues. He is great at quickly diagnosing the real root cause of the pain, providing quick relief through adjustments, and then educating me on the underlying root cause, and then working with me on exercises and a plan to get rid of the pain permanently. As an example, when I first went to him, I was having a recurring pain in my knee and I really thought there was a problem in my joints. Dr. Li instead figured out the real root cause was related to my lower back not being strong enough resulting in putting excess pressure on my knee. Over the next few months, we worked on exercises to strengthen my core and posture, and the way I sit and walk completely changed over this time. A few months later, the knee pain was completely gone, and it hasn't come back in the last couple years. This is not an isolated example. and Dr. Li has done similar stuff to help me get rid of shoulder and lower back pain. I have referred several friends to him and they have all had similar great results. He truly cares about his patients and will motivate and push you to do the things required to live pain-free. I feel lucky to have found Dr. Li and would recommend him to anyone who wants to recover from injuries or get rid of chronic pain.

Jeff D. // Seattle, WA

Product Manager

I highly recommend Dr. Li. His expertise and care were critical in alleviating my symptoms. Before considering medication or surgery to manage your pain reach out to Dr. Li. I was also able to easily build a relationship with him due to his positivity and genuine interest in my well being. Thank you Dr. Li!

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