There are huge connections between your shoulders, neck and upper back because of ligament and muscle attachments.  Even more importantly, are the nerves that exit your neck and upper back and how they affect functionality of your shoulder and the use and feeling of your entire arm!  If your neck is out of alignment (subluxated) that can easily affect your upper back and shoulder, conversely if your shoulder is subluxated and/or injured, it can refer pain into your neck.  

This is why we check the alignment of the neck, shoulder, and upper back when we’re dealing with any symptoms related to any of these structures.  Things to keep in mind if you’re having any issues with neck, shoulder, or upper back:  stomach sleeping, or side sleeping where you curl your shoulders forward could be making your issues worse.  Another consideration is your posture during any activity, particularly if you’re at a computer, driving, or looking down at your phone for long periods of time.  

Stretch your neck by taking your neck through its full range-of-motion each day by looking all the way up, all the way down, turning your head to each side, and then tilting each ear down toward your shoulder.  Getting adjusted regularly is such a great way to keep your neck, shoulders, and upper back functioning well.  Lastly, if there is a old injury in the soft tissues of your neck (maybe from a whiplash at some point) or an old or new injury to your shoulder, you should consider getting a SoftWave TRT (tissue regeneration therapy) discovery scan.  Discovery scans help us determine if there is inflammation, tissue damage and/or lack of bloodflow, where SoftWave Therapy can speed up that healing in amazing ways!