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Old 11-14-2014, 05:20 AM   #1
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Question Should I go see a Chiropractor?

Hello again! I have been trying to finally bring up my bench to at least 225lbs for one rep but I am still having issues with my right shoulder. For example when I do standing military press there is like a pain in the top of my right shoulder. It's been like this for about a year now. It only hurts when I do barbell military press or some type of barbell press. It doesn't hurt when I do bench press but I can still feel it. No dumbbell shoulder exercises hurts the area though. When it first happened about a year ago when i was starting 5/3/1. I just cut out the military press. Then eventually I cut the bench press. Was wondering if a chiropractor could help solve the problem?

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Old 11-14-2014, 05:43 AM   #2
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I'd see someone about it, yes. Up to you, natch, but yeah I would - a *year* of pain/"wrongness", wherever it is, and it would seem the thing to do. If not a bit later than ideal, really...
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Old 11-14-2014, 05:47 AM   #3
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I agree with Dr.Dre, Go see someone.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:13 AM   #4
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I don't know if a chiropractor is exactly what you need for this, but some therapy is definately in order. Do some thorough stretching and warmup prior to the barbell lifts.
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Chiropractor isn't going to do anything to help your shoulder. Over the course of this year of issues, have you looked into different ways to warm up and rehab/prehab the problems? I don't mean to say that accusatorily, but I've dealt with tons of shoulder problems, small to fairly big, and I've taken care of them myself through exercise selection and including some stuff just to strengthen up the joint integrity of my shoulders. I still have problems from time to time and probably always will, but I usually have a good idea about what to do when it happens. Youtube is your friend.
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I would not recommend a Chiro but these two steps. a.) An Ortho with a Sports Medicine Background, to make sure it is not something serious. b) A Physical Therapist with a sports background to help you figure out how to work around the injury correctly.

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I would say to go see a physiotherapist and/or your Doc first. At least here is Canada, you need a referral to see an ortho or specialist first.

Additionally, I would go to a good Chiro anyways. Keeping your spine in good condition is always a good idea for anyone, especially someone who lifts. I am now at the point where I am able to stay on maintenance with monthly adjustments. I also go for a deep therapeutic massage every month. I am quite positive all this preventative maintenance has helped keep me injury free.
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I would not recommend a Chiro but these two steps. a.) An Ortho with a Sports Medicine Background, to make sure it is not something serious. b) A Physical Therapist with a sports background to help you figure out how to work around the injury correctly.

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I'm with Bam-Bam on this one.

In addition:

You'll go into the chiropractor with a shoulder injury and leave there believing that in addition to your shoulder problem, your spine is out of alignment (needing regular adjustments, of course) and that one leg is shorter than the other.

You could walk into a chiros with an axe sticking out of your head, and they would tell you that the pain was due to a 'vertebral subluxation'.

[Obviously, this is hyperbole, but many are still really wedded to this idea of 'spines cause everything']
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I'm with Bam-Bam on this one.

In addition:

You'll go into the chiropractor with a shoulder injury and leave there believing that in addition to your shoulder problem, your spine is out of alignment (needing regular adjustments, of course) and that one leg is shorter than the other.

You could walk into a chiros with an axe sticking out of your head, and they would tell you that the pain was due to a 'vertebral subluxation'.

[Obviously, this is hyperbole, but many are still really wedded to this idea of 'spines cause everything']
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There are good and bad people in every profession. .
Are there good homeopaths and bad homeopaths? It would be hard to tell the difference as they're working from the same nonsensical set of precepts.

Chiros are a little different I'll grant you, and may include some useful techniques amongst the hocus-pocus.

I have visited chiropractors in the past. I did my homework too (but not enough, otherwise I wouldn't have gone in the first place). Any improvements I experienced over time were probably nothing to do with their interventions.
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