Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis, is a disorder in which the shoulder capsule, the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder, becomes inflamed and stiff, greatly restricting motion and causing chronic pain.

Frozen shoulder is a painful and disabling condition that often causes great frustration for patients and caregivers due to slow recovery. Movement of the shoulder is severely restricted. Pain is usually constant, worse at night, and when the weather is colder; and along with the restricted movement can make even small tasks impossible. Certain movements or bumps can cause sudden onset of tremendous pain and cramping that can last several minutes.

The major factor, according to specialist, is trigger points in the subscapularis muscle. Acupuncture can eliminate these trigger points, wiping out frozen shoulder without causing any side effect and offering people an alternative to the common—yet usually only temporarily effective—protocol of pain killers, cortisone shots, and surgery.

Massage, especially Remedial massage loosens up the muscles, tightened by Frozen Shoulder Syndrome around the shoulder girdle. A good massage using specific techniques increases the effect of the stretching. You can’t do this on your own; you’ll need a partner here. Massaging relaxes you and thus the guarding and tightening of those affected muscles are reduced. Mobility is improved even before you begin to stretch.