Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder InjuryFrozen Shoulder tends now to be used as an umbrella term to describe restriction and pain in the shoulder girdle. True Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a condition where the joint capsule becomes tightened and inflexible due to the formation of adhesions. This scar tissue forms inside the shoulder capsule, which in turn restricts the movement in the shoulder and is a condition that builds up over a course of time. It is either primary: idiopathic (a disease with no known cause) or secondary: where condition arises after another pathology such as a rotator cuff tear or impingement syndrome.  The pain initially can be severe however over time the shoulder becomes stiffer with less pain. This is due to the condition progressing through 3 stages:

  1. Acute or “freezing phase” is the first or painful phase
  2. Subacute or “frozen phase” is second stage or stiffening stage
  3. Chronic or “thawing phase” is the third or resolution phase

Symptoms of frozen shoulder include pain, difficulty in movement and daily activities i.e. driving, dressing and sleeping comfortably. Massage is really helpful for frozen shoulder as it helps increase the blood flow to the muscles and maintain muscular health and hence support of the joint. Deep tissue massage will help breakdown any scar tissue that has formed in the shoulder and surrounding muscles.

And Trigger point therapy is also another effective technique that is used to treat frozen shoulder as it concentrates on targeted points within the muscles to reduce muscle spasms. See Myofascial Pain Syndrome (MPS) to find out more.


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