What are the real causes of shoulder pain?

Shoulder pain is very common. We’ve all heard of the “rotator cuff” and those of us who have had shoulder pain may also be familiar with terms such as “labrum” and “bicipital tendonitis.” But why do these structural components of the shoulder joint suffer from injury and degeneration? What is causing them to experience excess wear and tear? What are the ROOT causes of shoulder pain?

In this video, Dr. Pleau discusses some of the most common causes of chronic and acute shoulder pain and how those key problems can be identified and corrected so that the tendons, ligaments, and cartilage of the shoulder joint can heal.

Shoulder Pain

Shoulder pain is certainly a very common problem. Sometimes it’s just a mild annoyance but for some, it can be completely disabling. The potential causes of shoulder pain are numerous – arthritis, rotator cuff, labrum, biceps tendon, or just regular old muscle tension.

For some, shoulder pain improves rapidly with chiropractic, massage, or physical therapy. But what if it doesn’t? What then? Is surgery your only option? Shoulder surgeries are not always successful.

If a shoulder problem is not healing as it should with PT, massage, or chiropractic, it may be due to something else. The shoulder problem may be a downstream effect, a compensation for another problem.

If this is the case, we must look deeper. We must examine the vital structures in and around the shoulder – the arteries and nerves that run from the neck down the arm. If these vital tissues are tight and not gliding like they should, the shoulder joint will have to compensate for that.

Using gentle but extremely precise manual therapy, these deeper problems can be addressed and in many cases, long-standing chronic shoulder pain can be resolved.


What is Mindfulness? Who can benefit from Mindfulness and what are those potential benefits? How does one practice Mindfulness?

In this video, Dr. Pleau discusses the benefits of developing a regular mindfulness practice and offers some helpful pointers in how to go about doing this.

A conversation with a young friend

I have always believed that the most powerful and important thing we as health care providers have to offer our patients is our ability to listen. My young friend and I had such a fun and interesting conversation! Children are naturally mindful. It’s their default setting! Their minds are not so cluttered by the past and the future as adult minds. Having a genuine conversation with a child and truly paying attention is a powerful exercise in mindfulness. We can learn so much about ourselves, each other, and our world just by listening to children!