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Frozen Shoulder

Last Updated: October 20, 2021

Orthopedic Massage for Treatment of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder, medically known as Adhesive Capsulitis, is a condition that causes inflammation, stiffness, decreased mobility and pain to the shoulder region. This condition is more common in women and generally occurs after the age of 40. Many people will often get frozen shoulder on one side and later on the other side.

Frozen Shoulder is thought to be caused by scar tissue that forms in the shoulder that causes the shoulder joint capsule to thicken and tighten, leaving less room for movement. Some of the causes are side sleeping, repetitive over the arm motion like throwing a ball or even kettle bell swinging. There is also a correlation with people who have diabetes and thyroid conditions to be more likely to develop frozen shoulder.

Orthopedic massage done regularly can alleviate the pain caused by frozen shoulder by loosening and relaxing the stiff shoulder muscle and releasing the scar tissue and adhesions that build up as well as increasing blood circulation to that region. 

Bob has been seeing a client for several years that first came to him post surgery for frozen shoulder. She did physical therapy then was referred to BWM. With orthopedic massage the client got increased range of motion to her shoulder and alleviated the pain. Years later frozen shoulder developed in the other shoulder, this time she skipped the surgery and continued with the orthopedic massage, with time and consistent massage her frozen shoulder is thawed. She has no pain and has full range of motion. 


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