Frozen Shoulder: What is it and how to treat it?

Updated: Jan 28, 2019

Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder syndrome, or adhesive capsulitis is a condition where a shoulder becomes painful and stiff. Shoulder movements become reduced, sometimes completely 'frozen'. Research has shown that diabetes patients are more than twice as likely to suffer with condition, and other risk factors include recent surgery, having a stroke, overactive or underactive thyroid and heart disease


The typical symptoms are pain, stiffness, and limitation in the range of movement of a shoulder.

A feeling of pain and tightness in the shoulder area, specially when putting the arm up and back, as you would do it you were throwing a ball overarm.

As time goes on, the symptoms will worsen although the pain may be reduced.

Treatment. What can I do?

It has been proved that Acupuncture boosts the activity of your body’s natural painkillers, helping to eliminate aches and pains.

Massage works on the damaged soft tissue and encourages the blood flow and nutrients supply into the affected area to help in the healing process. It increases flexibility and range of movement.

Applying a warm compress to the area can help a great deal in alleviating pain and also increasing bloodflow to the area, thereby potentially helping the body heal.

Be aware of posture if you're in the early stages of frozen shoulder bad posture can make it worse. Make sure you're sitting in a good position.

Gentle movement is key to improving the symptoms of frozen shoulder. So while you don't want to put yourself through painful motions, you need to make sure you are stretching and moving regularly.

There are various stretches you can try to ease your symptoms, but do consult your doctor first.

Hanging arm: Put your 'good' hand on a table or countertop in front of you (at around hip or thigh height). Lean forward so that your 'bad' arm hangs down. Then gently rotate your hips as though trying to spin a hula hoop, so that your arm also swings. This gently stretches the shoulder joint and tissues.

Always seek for advice from a professional health practitioner.


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