Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a painful condition caused by inflammation and a buildup of scar tissue. Pain and stiffness gradually worsen until the shoulder loses range of motion, or becomes “frozen.”
Left untreated, frozen shoulder often gets better, but it takes a very long time to heal, often years.
Neuromuscular massage can help restore range of motion which will lessen pain, and shorten the ultimate time of recovery.
Frozen shoulder is a common shoulder dysfunction that can be addressed using neuromuscular massage techniques. Although a range of shoulder injuries can be lumped into the category frozen shoulder, the cause of a true frozen shoulder is a scarring, thickening and shrinkage of the capsule following an injury to the rotator cuff or from bursitis or tendinitis.
Injury to the individual tendons within the shoulder area may result in pain or restricted movement, but not usually movement in all directions. Frozen shoulders do not like to rotate naturally. Neuromuscular massage techniques will encourage the relaxation of the muscles surrounding the entire shoulder girdle.
Most people who experience a frozen shoulder have muscles that have become fibrous and shortened due to the limited range of motion in the shoulder. Restoring the proper movement may involve stretching exercises in conjunction with massage.
Unfortunately, there is no simple fix for a frozen shoulder. Often it takes a persistent, regular approach to softening the thickened muscles in order to restore full range of motion.