Dealing with Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis, or frozen shoulder, causes severe pain and limited mobility. It’s more common in women than in men, and the cause is unknown.

It responds well to cortisone shots, stretching exercises, and massage.

Neuromuscular massage can help to maintain your range of motion and ease the pain of a frozen shoulder.


Neuromuscular Massage can Help Frozen Shoulders

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.

What Can Neuromuscular Massage Treat?

Excess tension in muscles causing pain.

Restricted blood flow which delays healing.

Restricted range of motion in the joints limiting activity.

Compression of structures upon nerves causing sharp pain.

Postural distortion caused by overuse of muscles on one side, and underuse on the other.

Referred pain where trigger points of high electrical activity sends pain to other areas of the body.

Massage Can Relieve the Pain and Stiffness of a Frozen Shoulder

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.