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Posts for: February, 2016

Here in Camarillo, I see a lot of shoulder pain. 

As a chiropractor in Camarillo, shoulder pain is probably the second most common problem I see. The first would be back pain. Here are some tips on AVOIDING shoulder pain.

1. Everyday, rotate your shoulders so that they get a full range of motion. Most of what I see is shoulder stiffness that developed over a long period of time that eventually got back enough for a person to see a doctor. Use it or lose it.

2. Avoid dangerous exercises. I think dips, kipping pull ups, bench press with a wide grip, and push ups with a wide grip (P90x, internet-based stuff, crossfit) are a bad idea. I just see too many injuries from them. I know your coach is wonderful and it's all about scaling or programming, but after you've seen a ton of injuries from it, you might question it too. 

3. Strengthen the rotator cuff. These are the little muscles that seem to hold the shoulder in great position. The stronger they are, the stronger your shoulder will be.

I am available to show you these exercises in my office in Camarillo. 

Symptoms and observation can tell you a lot about a person. X-rays can't. People love x-rays because you can SEE something. The problem is you can't see everything, and if you're only looking at x-rays, you'll miss stuff.

Dull achy pain is different that sharp stabbing pain. Dull achy pain is often caused by degenerative tendons, ligaments or joint capsules. Sharp stabbing pain is often caused by a pinched nerve. Numbness is always nerve tissue irritation. Stiffness is caused by strained ligaments around the joints. X-ray or MRI anyone over 40 years old and there will be some arthritis, disc bulges, or degeneration of discs, but the MRI won't find these subtle soft tissue findings. They can't. They're only found through a thoughtful examination and listening to what they patient says. 

Without listening to the patient and having a great understanding of what they're saying, it is difficult to find those subtle findings. 

So the most important part of doctoring is to listen.

Consider this: an x-ray only shows bone. If you have a tendon problem, the x-ray will not be of any value. This is why we always listen to the patient and examine them first. We only use x-ray and MRI's if they are absolutely necessary

It’s important to seek out a reputable Camarillo chiropractor. We utilize chiropractic to help with lower back pain, neck pain, pinched nerves, and shoulder pain. Your pain may be caused from  playing sports, you may have been in a car accident or just feel the wear and tear of everyday life. If that’s the case, chiropractic treatment can help you feels much better.

Why choose a chiropractor?

Chronic Pain

If you have chronic pain, which is pain that persists for months or even years, then it is unlikely that extended medication is going to help. For things like back pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain and migraine headaches, the best long term solution is to treat the cause of the problem rather than the symptoms only. Here in Camarillo, our chiropractic office can ease your chronic pain.

Chiropractor’s help by utilizing muscle therapies, spinal adjustments (we use non-force adjustments) and exercises to help. I’ve been in practice for over 20 years in Camarillo, CA and have had great results with these methods.

Acute Pain

Acute pain can become chronic pain if not handled appropriately. Our goal in our Camarillo chiropractic office is to avoid your acute pain from becoming chronic pain. We take your back pain, shoulder pain, rotator cuff injuries, knee pain and migraine headaches very seriously.

Look up on Yelp and Google. You’ll see we have an excellent reputation in Camarillo.

As you speak with the chiropractor, you’ll also be able to get a feel for who they are, and if they are a good fit for you. If you feel comfortable throughout the process and encouraged that your pain will be reduced, you’re at the right place.

At Adam Story, Chiropractic Corp our team is here to help answer your questions.  Please feel free to contact us today. (805) 389-0325


I get questions from people in Camarillo regarding ice and how often to use it. 

Someone asked me today regarding icing for the first 24 hours, then after that, using heat.

Don't do this. This was a common recommendation in the 1980's because they knew that standard inflammation occured for only about 24 hours. This  is actually not the case. It can last longer.

People often aggravate their condition with excessive sitting, twisting and compression of their back. This causes more inflammation of their back pain. 

Ice is needed for longer than 24 hours. 

Ask me in person how long you should ice for. Often it is based upon a case-by-case basis. 

It seems that every patient that I see in Camarillo feels that stretching is important. Stretching can be beneficial for some people, but you may be surprised to find that for a lot of people, it’s a waste of time.

I’ve been a chiropractor for over 20 years and have seen countless number of patients improve with stretching, but others that don’t. Why?

You know the benefits of stretching, but when should you NOT stretch?

Your muscles may not be tight…they may be lacking strength. When you overload what a muscle can handle (you do too much), the muscle reacts by maintaining a higher tone. When this happens, it feels “tight.” Stretching it seems to further aggravate these problems.

Here’s a good example. I had a patient here in Camarillo that had chronic piriformis syndrome. He had been stretching it constantly. Clearly, by the time he entered our chiropractic office, it wasn’t getting better. We tried something different: we strengthened his piriformis in order to allow it to handle more load during his daily life.

Within 3 weeks, his chronic piriformis syndrome was gone. He was so happy. At Adam Story Chiropractic Corp, we see this time and time again. So if stretching doesn’t seem to be solving the problem for you, maybe it’s worth looking into strengthening the muscle instead.

How will I know if it works?

I don’t believe that it takes very long to know if something works or not. In the example above, it took 3 weeks. Any program that is not resulting in some improvement within 6 weeks should be questioned.

Chiropractic specialties and stretching

As a chiropractor in Camarillo, I know when stretching seems to work and when it doesn’t. However, sometimes it’s figured out in a trial-and-error method. Since most of my patients in Camarillo have already tried stretching, and if we know it isn’t working, it’s always worth switching gears and strengthened the area.

If you have any questions, just contact us at Adam Story Chiropractic Corp. (805) 389-0325

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