Frozen Shoulder Treatment Strategy
Frozen Shoulder at The Acupuncture Works in Lewes is treated using massage, acupuncture or a combination of the two, together with prescribed exercises and stretches that are useful to support your treatment.
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When treating a frozen shoulder, we have four treatment principles in mind:
- Reduce any apparent swelling.
- Increase your range of movement.
- Reduce the levels of pain being experienced and
- Rehabilitate the joint.
Developing a frozen shoulder is usually a major cause of concern worry for anyone unfortunate enough to experience this condition.
Aside from the restricted mobility and discomfort experienced, on performing the most mundane of tasks including driving, dressing, sleeping etc… the symptoms may be experienced for extended periods of time.
The generally accepted definition of a frozen shoulder is where abnormal bands of scar tissue forms in the fibrous capsule surrounding the shoulder joints causing it to thicken and contract. This in turn restricts movement and causes pain. There is often a trauma or sprain of the joint capsule associated with the condition.
Frozen Shoulder – Diagnosis in Western Medicine
A physical examination to test the range of movement including active and assisted tests (passive) is usually performed. Palpation of the shoulder is used to determine the severity of the pain and its cause. Often swellings, muscle wasting and bruising will be assessed at the same time. It has been found that people suffering from diabetes are more likely to develop frozen shoulder, so a blood test may be taken. An MRI scan will show any thickening or scarring of the tissues within the joint capsule, and an x-ray, if offered, is used to determine whether or not the shoulder problem is coming from a degeneration of the bones. A sports injury where there is repeated tearing of the soft tissues surrounding the joint capsule occurs, shoulder surgery leading to the formation of adhesions and of scar tissue forming from a sports injury are often causes of frozen shoulder.
Frozen Shoulder – Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine
The primary issue from a Chinese medicine viewpoint is to discover whether the problem has been caused internally from emotional issues, externally from injury, sprain or poor posture, constitutionally from an underlying weakness or from a mixture of these things. In most cases there will be a stagnation of Qi and Blood which will be determined through palpation of the arm, chest, shoulder and back muscles. If there is heat (the tissues feel warmer than the unaffected tissues) then this will need to be cleared, Cold will need to be scattered (the nature of Cold may be felt by discovering that warmth makes the condition better), Damp is usually indicated where stiffness of movement is more prevalent than the pain. It is not unusual to discover a mixture of conditions contributing to the issue. Pulse and tongue diagnosis will clarify the underlying cause.
Frozen Shoulder Treatment using Chinese Medicine
We use massage, acupuncture or a combination of both to assist with the mobilization of your Frozen shoulder. In addition moxibustion, Guashi and cupping techniques may be used to facilitate the healing process.