Frozen Shoulder – A Complicated Condition Requiring a LOT of Treatments!
Frozen Shoulder and Pain
Frozen shoulder is a very complicated condition that can last for a very long time. Recently I’ve had a client coming to me for relief of a very painful shoulder problem. “Mary” is suffering from “Frozen Shoulder.” It doesn’t sound so bad, yet the simple diagnosis hides the fact that this condition causes more than just pain. Mary’s shoulder joint was so tight that she had minimal movement in any direction, and sleeping was a nightmare! Regardless of which way she slept the ache would wake her several times a night, often in tears from pain.
Physical therapy wasn’t helping at all. Her frozen shoulder kept getting worse. The only relief she had was by taking strong pain-killing drugs. The all-too-real fear of opioid addiction caused her to only take the drugs when the pain was unbearable. She is a hairstylist so this situation was having a very negative effect on her income and future. On a more personal note, it certainly wasn’t helping her intimate relationship with her husband. She was getting frantic for a solution.
The client of a co-worker had come to my office when she was in pain, and she gave Mary my card. That was the beginning of a long journey to relief. Fortunately, it was a journey that is helping her more than she’d ever imagined possible.
Frozen Shoulder – The Cause
Several muscles don’t attach right into your shoulder joint. As each muscle pulls on your arm or shoulder blade, your shoulder moves.
This is the reason that your shoulder and arm can move in so many directions. More than 15 muscles need to all work together to enable you to have a full range-of-motion with your shoulder and arms.
Frozen shoulder is caused by several, or many, of these muscles all being held taut because of multiple spasms. When one muscle contracts, another must lengthen to allow for the contraction. For example, consider how your shoulder moves when you play a sport. While swimming the muscles of your chest are pulling your shoulders/arms forward, and your back muscles need to lengthen. And, when you want to reach back to take a tennis swing, the muscles of your chest must lengthen. Or, when you want to lift your arm up to hit a volleyball , the muscles that bring your arm down must lengthen. Then you reach down to pick up the ball, the muscles on top of your shoulder must lengthen. It’s always a matter of opposing muscles both needing to do their part in order for you to move your shoulder and arm.
Frozen Shoulder – The Treatment
Actually there are too many treatments to do into detail here. If you have been receiving Pain-Free Living for some time, you have many of the treatments in previous blogs.
Basically, if you have stiffness in your shoulder you need to look at the movements you can’t make. Next, look to see which muscle needs to be lengthening in order to make that movement. This is the muscle that needs to be treated to start to release your frozen shoulder.
One treatment you can do is for your infraspinatus muscle. This is the muscle that pulls your arm back.
Put a ball on the belly of the muscle, which is at the center of your shoulder blade, and apply pressure. Hold the pressure for about a minute, release for 5 seconds, and repeat. Do this several times and then stretch that muscle.
To help people eliminate pain and stretch safely I created a program called Focus Flexibility Training. This DVD program shows you how to treat all of the muscles of your shoulder, and a whole lot more. When it comes to Frozen Shoulder, you’ll ultimately need to treat most, if not all of your shoulder muscles. It’s not a fast treatment, but it does work!
Wishing you well,