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Frozen Shoulder Treatment: Remedial Massage, Myotherapy, Dry Needling, and Exercises

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What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It is caused by the thickening and tightening of the shoulder joint capsule, restricting movement and causing pain. The frustrating part of frozen shoulder is the gradual onset of pain and stiffness that worsens over time. The stiffness and pain then limits the range of motion in the affected shoulder. Remedial massage, myotherapy and dry needling are all effective treatments for shoulder pain from frozen shoulder.

What are the most common symptoms?

  • Pain: Persistent impingement pain in the shoulder joint, which may worsen at night or with movement.
  • Stiffness: Gradual onset of stiffness in the shoulder joint, making it difficult to move the arm in certain directions, especially reaching overhead or behind the back.
  • Limited range of motion: Difficulty moving the shoulder joint through its normal range of motion, such as lifting the arm, reaching across the body, or rotating the shoulder.
  • Progressive worsening: Symptoms typically worsen over time, with the shoulder becoming increasingly stiff and painful.
  • Difficulty with daily activities: Activities such as dressing, combing hair, reaching for objects, or sleeping on the affected side may become challenging due to shoulder stiffness and pain.
  • Gradual onset: Symptoms of frozen shoulder often develop gradually over weeks or months, with the shoulder becoming progressively more painful and stiff.
  • Pain at rest: Some individuals with frozen shoulder may experience pain even when the shoulder is at rest, particularly during the later stages of the condition.

There are several ways to reduce and minimise the symptoms of frozen shoulder through effective treatments by experienced massage therapists. Here at Massage Land we pride ourselves in our skilled and experienced therapists. Each therapist brings a wealth of knowledge to your treatment journey. Read below to find out how we can help with frozen shoulder.

Why Remedial Massage and Myotherapy are an effective treatment for Frozen shoulder:

Remedial Massage and Myotherapy treatment can help alleviate the pain and stiffness of Frozen Shoulder. Massage techniques and pressure are applied to the muscles and tissues of the shoulder and upper back. This helps release tension and improve range of motion. Additionally, massage therapy techniques such as myofascial release and deep tissue massage can help break down adhesions or scar tissue that may have formed in the shoulder joint capsule, contributing to stiffness and restricted movement.

Remedial massage and Myotherapy can also help relax tight muscles in the shoulder, neck, and upper back, which may contribute to stiffness and limited range of motion in frozen shoulder. By releasing tension in these muscles, massage therapy can help improve shoulder mobility and flexibility. Not to mention, living with frozen shoulder can be stressful, and stress can exacerbate pain and muscle tension. Massage therapy promotes relaxation and reduces stress levels, which can help alleviate symptoms of frozen shoulder and improve overall well-being.

Can Dry Needling Help Frozen Shoulder?

Dry needling can play an important role throughout the treatment of frozen shoulder. Through the use of thin, sterile needles inserted into specific trigger points in the muscles and tissues of the shoulder and upper back. The insertion of thin needles into specific trigger points or tight bands of muscle tissue, aims to stimulate a local twitch response. This twitch response can help release tension in the muscles and reduce muscle spasms. This can help alleviate pain and improve mobility by releasing tension and reducing inflammation.

Self-Treatment and long term management:

Self-treatment options for Frozen Shoulder include rest, ice, and stretching exercises. It is also important to maintain good posture and avoid activities that aggravate the condition. There are also certain exercises that can help minimise further pain from Frozen Shoulder. These include pendulum swings, shoulder rolls, and wall walks which can help stretch and strengthen the muscles and tissues of the shoulder, improving range of motion and reducing pain.

Remedial massage, myotherapy, dry needling, and exercises can all help alleviate the symptoms of Frozen Shoulder, and in severe cases, medical intervention may be necessary. By understanding the causes and symptoms of Frozen Shoulder and taking proactive steps to manage it, you can regain mobility and enjoy an active lifestyle.

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