Shoulder Pain? Massage, Stretches, and Exercises for Frozen Shoulder Therapy

Getting the cold shoulder is bad enough. The frozen shoulder can be a seriously painful and uncomfortable ordeal that makes it difficult to carry out daily routine activities like getting dressed or reaching for something in a cupboard.

When experienced as a sports injury by an active athlete, it can make nearly impossible to play or compete until the problem is treated.

Frozen shoulder is shoulder pain, stiffness, and a decrease in the flexibility and range of motion of the shoulder that 2% of the population will be affected by at some point in their lives.

Your shoulder is a simple engineering marvel. It consists of your shoulder blade (scapula), your collar bone (clavicle), and your upper arm bone (you may have heard it called the funny bone, although there’s nothing funny about bumping your humerus right above the elbow).

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint with the ball of the upper arm bone fitting into a socket on your shoulder blade and encapsulated be strong connective tissue around the joint. The entire thing is lubricated for easier motion by special fluid called synovial fluid.

Frozen shoulder occurs when the connective tissue around the joint becomes inflamed, thickens, and becomes tight. Thick bands of tissue called adhesions develop and in many cases, there is less synovial fluid in the shoulder capsule.

You likely have frozen shoulder if you are experiencing shoulder pain and you cannot move your shoulder on your own or even with the help of someone else.

If this is the case, you should not wait to seek the professional help of a chiropractic sports medicine specialist who can examine your shoulder and carefully move it while asking you questions to determine if your range of motion has been significantly impaired.

The goal should be to find relief in the least invasive treatments first before the conditions advances to the point of requiring surgery or steroidal injections.

Massage therapy can help loosen stiff, inflamed joints and soothe shoulder pain. Physical therapy under the care of a trained sports medicine practitioner can restore range of motion through a careful regimen of stretches and exercises.

If you are experiencing troubling shoulder pain, contact us and make an appointment with Dr. Bob today!

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