Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, the big mystery!

I have in the past and am currently working with a client with frozen shoulder. My current client reported, it just seemed to happen overnight. There was no accident or injury that occurred. She reported that it just came out of the blue. She has no pain, but just can’t raise her arm any further than shoulder height. The other client developed it from repetitive stress from her work as a cosmetologist.

If you are reading this and do not have Frozen Shoulder then prevention is your best plan. Over all postural balance can prevent this from happening to you. Call me for a min-consult to find out how. But even if you have this, I can help once you have been checked out by your doctor and cleared for an exercise program. Along with helping you to gain optimal posture, I have shoulder stretching and strengthening protocol available with online pictures and videos.

Click on the picture below this to see a brief video with a 3D model of the shoulder joint.

The shoulder joint is the most unstable joint in the body and more prone to injury than any other joint complex. There are actually five joints that make the shoulder complex. These are:

Acromioclavicular Joint

Glenohumeral joint

Sternoclavicular joint

Scapulothoracic joint

Subacromial joint (not shown in the picture below)

There are several problems that can occur within any of the above joints. Frozen shoulder is just one of them and the official medical name is adhesive capsulitis, which is a shoulder condition that limits your range of motion. The common symptoms are generally swelling, pain, and stiffness and most often occurs between the ages of 40 and 60. It is interesting that frozen shoulder occurs more frequently between these age groups. Age 40 seem to be a marker for major hormonal changes beginning to occur, although this is not an absolute depending on an individual’s diet, lifestyle and exercise choices. If you have  hormonal imbalances, diabetes, or a weakened immune system, you may be more prone to inflammations of the joints.

A long period of inactivity because of an injury, illness, or surgery also makes you more vulnerable to inflammation in the body. Bands of stiff tissue can form (adhesions). If the tissues in your shoulder joint become thicker and tighter, scar tissue develops. The result is your shoulder cannot function properly. Range of motion is severely limited.

Usually, the condition takes two to nine months to develop. It has been reported that it can last up to 3 years. Yikes! So what are the options?

First, get it checked out by a doctor. There are tests to determine the diagnosis. The doctor usually will do a physical assessment first. More tests may be necessary such as an MRI to rule out a rotator cuff tear, and an X-Ray to determine arthritis or other abnormalities.

What are the treatments?

Physical therapy

Medications

Steroid Injections

Surgery

My personal recommendation before any of the above is to see a chiropractor for an assessment, especially one who uses the activator method.  I also suggest acupuncture and massage therapy.

My goal with postural therapy and corrective exercise is to find those misalignments before they become a major problem And if an injury has occurred, then I give continued support following physical therapy and your doctor’s release to begin a postural realignment program that includes the entire body.

For a postural realignment program begin by downloading my 4 Easy Movements. Then set up an appointment for a free min-consult to find out more about Symmetry and reducing or getting out of pain.

Wishing you a pain free life,

Jacque