What is frozen shoulder ?
If you are not be able to reach for a high shelf, lift your arm over your head, or perform a movement of the affected shoulder. And your sleep is affected when you try to sleep on the side of your affected shoulder. You should be aware of that you may have frozen shoulder.
Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is a debilitating condition where you experience pain, stiffness and a limited range of movement in your shoulder joint.
The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.
Signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder
Signs and symptoms of frozen shoulder develop gradually; usually in three stages in which signs and symptoms worsen gradually and resolve within a two – year period.
There are three stages of frozen shoulder:
- Painful stage – the shoulder becomes stiff and then very painful with movement. Movement becomes limited. Pain typically worsens at night.
- Frozen/adhesive stage – the shoulder becomes increasingly stiff, severely limiting range of motion. Pain may not diminish, but it does not usually worsen.
- Thawing stage – movement in the shoulder begins to improve. Pain may fade, but occasionally recur.
Causes and risk factors for frozen shoulder
- long periods of immobilisation (due to a stroke, post-op recovery or a broken arm)
- inactivity of the shoulder
- systemic diseases (including diabetes, thyroid conditions and cardio-vascular disease)
- inflammatory conditions
- overuse of your shoulder (due to physical labour or sports)
- poor posture
- shoulder injury or trauma
- women over 40 years of age
Doctors aren’t sure why this happens to some people, although it’s more likely to occur in people who have diabetes or those who recently had to immobilize their shoulder for a long period, such as after surgery or an arm fracture.
What are the benefits of massage therapy with people have frozen shoulder ?
Massage therapy has an important complimentary role in treating and healing frozen shoulder. Massage therapy may benefit your frozen shoulder in different ways:
- reducing stiffness in your affected tissues
- increasing blood and lymphatic circulation
- helping to prevent scar tissue
- releasing and mobilising locked muscles
- reduce the pain level of your shoulder
Over your treatments in Alternative Body Works, our therapists may apply a range of therapeutic massage techniques, with the aim of restoring movement gently and gradually to your shoulder, also work with your health team, reassessment the improve of your shoulder.
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