Frozen Shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, is very painful. It is the terminology used to describe pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. Those who have Frozen Shoulder will not be able to move their arm in any direction without pain; some will not be able to move their effected arm at all, giving it the “frozen” name.
It is uncertain as to why the shoulder joint is the only joint in the body that can become stuck or frozen in this manner. However, Frozen Shoulder is often not permanent. In many cases, it can take 1-3 years to regain full range of motion in the shoulder without any pain. Those who take an active role in engaging in treatments tend to regain full range of motion with minimal to no pain in about 12-18 months.
So how do we help this Frozen Shoulder get unstuck? Here are a few things you can do on a consistent basis that can help alleviate the pain and stiffness and work on getting the Frozen Shoulder unstuck:
Frozen Shoulder is very painful and can limit you in your daily activities, especially if it affects your dominate arm, and can make sleeping difficult, which can lead to other health related issues. Instead of feeling hopeless, become proactive with your recovery. It can take years to regain full range of motion without pain, but it is possible.
Courtney Truax, LMT is a graduate of East West College of the Healing Arts in Portland, Oregon. She is licensed through the Oregon Board of Massage Therapy and a member of the American Massage Therapy Association. She has her own studio massage practice in the heart of downtown Lake Oswego, Oregon.