What Is Frozen Shoulder, and How Can Massage Help?
At Davie Village RMT, in addition to the many conditions treated, we treat patients who have a condition commonly known as “frozen shoulder.” Frozen shoulder can happen to anyone, so it makes sense to learn what it is, who’s at highest risk, and what you can do about it.
What Is Frozen Shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is a relatively common condition that causes pain and stiffness in one joint. It dramatically limits your range of motion in that shoulder, making it difficult to raise your arm above your head. If you have a bad case of frozen shoulder, the affected shoulder may seem almost useless. It disrupts your sleep as well.
Am I at Risk?
The condition is also called adhesive capsulitis, because it’s related to tightening, thickening, scarring, shrinkage, and inflammation in the joint capsule. You may be at risk of developing frozen shoulder if:
- You’ve been in a motor vehicle accident.
- You’ve suffered an injury to your shoulder.
- You have tendinitis, bursitis, or rotator cuff injury.
- You have diabetes.
- You have arthritis in your shoulder.
- You’ve had chest or breast surgery.
How Is Frozen Shoulder Treated?
Without treatment, frozen shoulder can become permanent. Treatments include heat, ultrasound, electrical stimulation, ice packs, cortisone injections, physiotherapy exercises, and anti-inflammatory medications. If all else fails, surgery is sometimes used to release the scar tissue. Another option that can be used with or without other treatments is massage therapy.
How Can a Registered Massage Therapist Help?
Through deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy, a registered massage therapist can work to reduce stiffness and pain and improve circulation. By putting sustained pressure on the muscles, the therapist can facilitate the release of scar tissue and adhesions. Even a gentle Swedish massage can help to relieve tension and pain caused by frozen shoulder.
If you’re experiencing pain, stiffness, weakness, or limited range of motion in your shoulder, talk to a registered massage therapist at Davie Village RMT. Once your condition has been diagnosed, your massage therapist can work with you to get your shoulder working smoothly and painlessly again.