Women whose shoulders hurt from working from home
Handsome young man feeling the pain in shoulder at the gym

The shoulder actually consists of 4 separate joints that work together to produce normal shoulder function.

These joints are:

  • Glenohumeral joint
  • Acromioclavicular (AC) joint
  • Sternoclavicular (SC) joint
  • Scapulothoracic joint

The glenohumeral joint is the most mobile joint in the human body. The complexity and mobility of the shoulder unit, makes it a common area for many injuries and movement dysfunctions. Shoulder injuries are typically caused by athletic activities that involve excessive, repetitive, shoulder motion, such as swimming, racquet sports, throwing sports and weightlifting. Shoulder injuries can also occur as a result of everyday activities, such as, manual labour, desk work or housework!

Most shoulder conditions involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bursa. Some of the common shoulder conditions that we treat include:

  • Impingement syndromes – subacromial impingement, posterior impingement
  • Rotator cuff tendinopathy
  • Posterior shoulder impingement
  • Shoulder instability
  • Arthritis
  • Frozen shoulder

Chiropractic Treatment of Shoulder Conditions

Successful treatment of shoulder conditions relies on an accurate diagnosis and thorough understanding of the cause of injury. At Impulse Chiropractic, we examine the shoulder closely through orthopaedic and functional movement testing. This helps us to develop the best and most specific treatment plan for you. Often with shoulder injuries, ultrasounds and MRI’s can help us understand the injury better and help point you in the right direction more quickly.

Treatment of the shoulder depends on the type of condition. In some circumstances, such as shoulder instability, “hands off” treatment is the best option through an exercise rehabilitation program. Other conditions will need a combination of manual therapy and exercise rehabilitation. At Impulse Chiropractic, we use a number of treatment methods to help achieve optimal results. These include:

  • Massage and myofascial release techniques
  • Joint manipulation and mobilisation
  • Dry needling
  • Cupping therapy
  • Exercise rehabilitation
  • Clinical Pilates
  • Postural retraining
  • Strapping and taping
For further information, or to consult with one of our skilled Chiropractors you can use the Contact or Book Online now buttons at the top of this page, call our North Curl Curl practice on (02) 9939 8817, or visit Impulse Chiropractic & Natural Therapies‘ state of the art Chiropractic clinic at 15/64 Pitt Road in North Curl Curl.

Common Conditions We Treat


Headaches are one of the most common neurologic symptoms experienced by adults and children. Chiropractic treatment can help in the management of some types of headaches.

Neck pain

Neck pain is becoming an increasingly common issue throughout the world, with around two thirds of people experiencing neck pain at some point in their life.

Low Back pain

Low back pain is our most common complaint presenting to Impulse Chiropractic. Low back pain affects approximately 60-80% of people throughout their lifetime.

Thoracic/Rib Pain

Increased usage of technology, increased sedentary lifestyles, working from home and adoption of poor postures has contributed to more people suffering from thoracic and rib pain.

Coccyx Pain

Coccyx/tailbone pain can be an extremely painful and debilitating condition. Females are 5 times more likely to experience this pain than males.

Hip Pain

Sedentary lifestyles and increased time sitting can have a negative impact on hip function and mobility. This makes us more susceptible to pain and injury.

Shoulder pain

The shoulder is a complex, mobile and dynamic joint! Most shoulder conditions involve the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and bursa.

TMJ/Jaw Pain

The temporomandibular joint (jaw joint) or TMJ is one of the most heavily used joints in the body. It therefore can be a common source of pain and dysfunction.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar fasciitis is a common, painful foot condition that can affect people of all ages and activity levels.

Sports injuries

Our chiropractors are well trained in the specific mechanisms involved in sports injuries as well as having backgrounds participating in high level sports themselves.


Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body, but it most commonly affects the knees, hips, low back, neck, and fingers/hands.


Sciatica is a debilitating condition that is characterised by pain, numbness or weakness in the area of the sciatic nerve or associated lumbosacral nerve root.