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"Eugene has a great awareness of the body and really understands how to promote healing within it. He really listened to what my concerns/needs were, and then used his knowledge to explain how he would proceed, given all the information. I felt as though he was invested in figuring out what treatment would be useful for me, and he explained what he was doing as he went. He was also open to my questions.

The benefits of his massages extend into my day-to-day wellness because Eugene also helped me to understand what’s going on with my muscles and joints. I felt so much better after my massage. I can't thank him enough!"

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Frozen Shoulder Massage Therapist

How Massage Therapy Can Help Frozen Shoulder

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is the more common name for a condition called adhesive capsulitis. One or both shoulder joints become stiff, and pain gradually increases then decreases again after a few months to a few years. Frozen shoulders often occur following procedures or recovery from conditions that prevent the movement and use of one or more arm. A stroke, broken arm, mastectomy surgery or a shoulder cuff injury are just a few examples. It is also more common in people with diabetes or other systemic conditions like tuberculosis or thyroid conditions.

Doctors are not completely sure why the condition develops in some people and not others. One person with a broken arm may develop it severely while another person may not experience it at all. Age and sex also seem to be risk factors as it is also more commonly seen in women over the age of 40. Regardless of the cause of your frozen shoulder, a frozen shoulder massage therapist can help.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder?

Our shoulders are made up of bones, tendons and ligaments - as are all of the joints in our body. In our shoulders, these are encased in what is known as the shoulder capsule or socket. The capsule is made of connective tissues, in which the joint rotates. Sometimes the tissue of the capsule will become gradually thicker. When this happens, it slowly tightens around the shoulder joint resulting in pain and a decreased range of motion. Why it thickens is still a mystery, but it typically presents itself following recovery from an injury that prevented the use of the arm for a prolonged amount of time.

Typical treatments for a frozen shoulder include corticosteroid and other numbing medicine injections directly into the joint capsule. Some people also turn to costly arthroscopic surgery to regain their mobility. Others resort to frequently taking over-the-counter pain medications. Massage therapy for frozen shoulder is a safe and effective alternative to all of these treatments.

Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulders typically develop quite gradually. Usually, it will appear in three stages and only in one shoulder. Each stage can last a varying number of months depending upon the individual and cause of the condition. Many sufferers also report worsening pain at night. The three stages are:

  • Freezing
  • Frozen
  • Thawing

The Freezing Stage is characterized by any shoulder movement resulting in some degree of pain. You may start to notice slightly stiffness and your range of motion becoming just slightly limited.

The Frozen stage is associated with diminished pain but increased stiffness. Moving your shoulder might be extremely difficult, and your range of motion is significantly impaired. Some people end up completely unable to move their arm.

The Thawing stage is the final stage. Your range of motion will begin to return slowly and pain will decrease until it becomes non-existent. Reaching this stage can sometimes take years.

A frozen shoulder massage therapist can help you to move quickly through the stages and reach the Thawing stage much faster than leaving the condition untreated. You won't need to turn to repeated use of other-the-counter pain medications, and massage therapy is much safer than injections and surgery. It is also a much more affordable option as well.

Regular massage treatments relieve stress and trigger the release of the body's natural pain relievers. With the pain relieved, it is easier for you to do simple arm movements that help you to maintain your range of motion. If you seek massage therapy soon enough in the Freezing stage, you may even be able to prevent total loss of shoulder mobility. Massage will also help to loosen up the stiffening joint if you have already entered the Frozen stage.

Your frozen shoulder massage therapist will work with you to evaluate your condition to ensure the best, most effective treatment for you.

Contact Me Today!

Don't hesitate to contact me today if you are suffering from a frozen shoulder. A message therapist for frozen shoulder can help you move quickly down the road to recovery no matter the cause of your loss of shoulder mobility.

Massage Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

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"A frozen shoulder results in inconvenient pain and stiffness in your shoulder joint, leading to a loss of shoulder mobility. It may eventually resolve itself after several years, but massage therapy can speed recovery and provide fast and long-lasting relief in the process."
-Eugene Wood, LTM
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