FROZEN SHOULDER TREATMENT
We can typically resolve frozen shoulder in less than 4 treatments, depending on the mechanism which caused the condition to develop.
We have conducted our own in-clinic research to better understand what causes pain, and more importantly what causes it to become chronic, so we can offer more effective and efficient treatments to resolve it.
Our research into frozen shoulder revealed the fact that it is not a condition to be treated directly, but rather a reaction to some other primary condition which developed before the shoulder lost mobility.
In most cases, identifying and solving the primary condition will release the shoulder. However we do have the knowledge and technology to quickly release a frozen shoulder if required, but only after the primary condition has been partially or fully resolved.
Some of the most common primary conditions we see causing frozen shoulder include:
- Shoulder Tendonitis/bursitis
- A pinched nerve (neck/chest/shoulder)
- Reaction to anxiety or depression medication
- Arthritis (neck/shoulder)
- Lime disease
- Humerus (upper arm)or scapula fractureBreast cancer surgery
- Radiation for cancer (neck/chest)
- Shoulder surgery
- Whiplash trauma
- Torn shoulder tendons/ligaments
- Separated Shoulder
- Dislocated Shoulder
Our diagnostic process will identify the source for your unique case of frozen shoulder, and focus treatments there with the appropriate treatment protocol to solve it. Pain relief and increased motion come quickly usually after the first or second treatment and fully resolved within 3-6 treatments.
Pain and reduced motion in the shoulder comes from increased spinal cord reflex activity which tightens nearby muscles limiting motion in the affected shoulder.
Attempting to stretch or strengthen these muscles before the primary condition has been accurately identified and resolved, could result in further damage, joint restriction, and pain.
For more information on frozen shoulder, please contact us and we will gladly answer any questions you may have.
Symptoms of frozen shoulder include:
- Decreased motion in one or more directions
- Pain in the shoulder or neck when using the affected arm
- Pain sleeping at night
- Cold or pins/needles sensations into the elbow, wrist or hand
- Weakness in the affected arm or hand
- Ache into the neck, jaw, or temple
- Unexplained earaches
Mechanism: Why Does the Shoulder Freeze?
There are various receptor cells embedded throughout the body in muscles, tendons, ligaments, bone, blood vessels, and skin. These receptor cells report information to the brain and spinal cord to tell it what is happening at all times with every region of the body.
When problems develop in a specific region, its receptors begin reporting the problem to the spinal cord which immediately reacts in some way to protect the region from further harm.
If a problem develops within the shoulder itself, or any nearby structures, the spinal cord reaction is to limit the motion. It’s an incredible coping mechanism that unfortunately can be over-blown.
“It is better to be safe than sorry” which is how the human body inherently reacts to many harmful stimuli, and frozen shoulder is just one example of this.