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  • Writer's pictureChristopher Johnson

Moving Past Frozen Shoulder

Let me help you live out loud by helping you get rid of that aching, nagging frozen shoulder!

What is Frozen Shoulder?

Whether your frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is a result of shoulder injury or complications from a shoulder surgery…or even from diabetes, immobility, stroke, a broken arm, hormonal changes, open heart surgery or thyroid problems…know that Everybody Healing Center is experienced in treating chronic pain conditions, and is here to help!

Frozen shoulder is a pretty common inflammatory musculoskeletal condition that causes a great deal of pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. The pain will often intensify at night, and it can be difficult to move your arm or shoulder. As a result, people can lose their range of motion with the affected arm. This can be incredibly debilitating and affect work and family life.

Just Keep Moving...

If you know anything about me, you know that I love to move. Whether I’m building something in the wood shop, planting, or out for a run, I am at my happiest when I am active. As you know, movement is a great way to achieve personal goals and to create–not to mention sleep better and beat stress. In addition to the general health and wellness benefits, movement exercises for chronic pain conditions–including frozen shoulder/adhesive capsulitis–can significantly improve range of motion, and help decrease pain.

Another safe and effective way to treat frozen shoulder is through acupuncture.

Acupuncture has been proven to be an effective modality in the treatment of frozen shoulder. In order to treat someone with frozen shoulder, an acupuncturist will insert an acupuncture needle into a trigger point which nudges the tight muscle to contract; in doing so, the muscle softens, becoming more relaxed and elongated. When trigger points are released, more blood and nutrients can flow to the area, reducing pain and improving your range of motion.

Some benefits of treating frozen shoulder with acupuncture include:

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Less pain

  • Increased levels of serotonin as well as the body’s natural painkiller aka endorphins

  • Decreased shoulder stiffness and increased range of motion

Managing frozen shoulder is typically a years-long process (steroid injections, physical therapy, and in rare cases, surgery), but it doesn't have to be: acupuncture and dynamic movement may be all that you need to ease the pain and get your shoulder moving again.

If you find yourself with frozen shoulder–or any other chronic pain condition–let’s talk. From acupuncture to movement (or a combination of the two!) just know that there are options for you at Everybody Healing Center.

“If there is free flow, there is no pain. If there is pain, there is no free flow.” – from Huang Di Nei Jing

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