Frozen Shoulder

What is Frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition related to pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. The condition is exactly like the name suggests, a person suffering from a frozen shoulder will often have a significant decrease in range of motion and mobility. Frozen shoulder occurs when the connective tissue around the shoulder joint becomes inflamed, stiff and thick. When this happens, the shoulder’s range of motion and muscular functions become inhibited. Additionally, the lubrication inside the shoulder capsule known as the synovial fluid may also be reduced. The most common symptoms of a frozen shoulder are the inability to elevate your arm and severe pain.

Frozen Shoulder tends to occur in 3 stages:

      1. Freezing Stage – You slowly lose your range of motion and the shoulder becomes increasingly painful. It may take anywhere from 6 to 9 weeks for this stage to occur.
      2. Frozen Stage – This stage immediately follows after the initial freezing stage. Often the pain will become minimal but the stiffness still remains. This stage will last anywhere from 4 to 6 months and still make your daily tasks still very difficult.
      3. Thawing Stage– This stage is where your shoulder gradually improves with a slow increase in range of motion and mobility. It may take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to occur.

Although the cause of frozen shoulder is not exactly known, studies have shown the condition is more likely to occur in middle age and more common in women. Also, people who suffer from diabetes, thyroid problems, Parkinson’s disease and cardiovascular diseases are also at higher risk to develop frozen shoulder.

How can Honor Wellness help?

In our clinic, we use a combination of acupuncture, manual therapy and Rapid Release Technology in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder.

Acupuncture – Works by reactivating inhibited shoulder muscles, regulating neurotransmitters to reduce pain and improve the delivery of highly oxygenated blood flow to the shoulder joint. Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective treatment to improve the mobility and range of motion in the treatment of the frozen shoulder.

Rapid Release Technology – Rapid Release Technology (RRT) uses vibrational waves to break up scar tissue and adhesion to restore proper blood flow. RRT can help relax tight muscles and opposing muscle groups to restore proper function and eliminate soft tissue tension.

Manual Therapy – a combination of Cupping Therapy and Gua Sha can help by removing trapped stagnant blood circulation in the deeper layers of your soft tissue. By removing the dead protein to free up blood circulation in the bursa, it can contribute to faster healing and reduction in pain.

Frozen shoulder can lower your quality of life in many ways. It can affect your sleep, greatly affect your daily activities and cause emotional stress. At Honor Wellness, our practitioners are fully committed to your care to help you regain your quality of life back. If you or someone you know are struggling with a frozen shoulder, let us help you. Contact us today at (604)428-9946 and find out how.