What is Frozen Shoulder?

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What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder

Massage is a great treatment option for frozen shoulder relief

Frozen shoulder is a disorder in which the connective tissue, known as the shoulder capsule, surrounding the glenohumeral joint becomes inflamed and stiff. This disorder can greatly restrict motion and cause chronic pain.

Frozen shoulder, medically referred to as adhesive capsulitis is a painful and disabling condition that often causes great frustration due to its slow recovery.

Pain associated with frozen shoulder is usually constant, worse at night, and in cooler weather. Along with the restricted movement, even the smallest task can seem impossible. People who suffer from Frozen shoulder usually experience problems sleeping for extended periods due to the pain and restricted movements or positions in which you can sleep. This condition can lead to depression, pain, and problems in the neck and back.


Treatment for frozen shoulder may consist of physical therapy, massage therapy, medication, or surgery. In some instances, a doctor may perform manipulation under anesthesia, which would help to break up the adhesions and scar tissue in the joint to help restore some range of motion.


Causes of frozen shoulder can include injury, weak bones, arthritis, lack of nutrients, diabetes and even heredity. It is important to take the recommended dosage of calcium on a daily basis.

Massage Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

Since increased blood flow is a benefit of massage therapy and helps with the reduction of scar tissue, massage is a treatment option that will help to reduce your pain and regain your range of motion. Based on the severity of your condition, you may not start to feel relief until after several massage sessions.

Deep tissue massage is a common technique used to treat frozen shoulder. With this technique, I will apply steady pressure to the muscles to release adhesions or scar tissue that may be contributing to your shoulder pain. Hot Stone spot treatment is also very beneficial in treating frozen shoulder.

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