Frozen shoulder is a condition that causes joint pain and stiffness in the shoulder. It usually occurs after having an arm in a sling for a few weeks or in some sort of position for a long period of time. Patients with diabetes are also predisposed to encountering this severely limited range of motion problem. Surgery is rarely necessary, and treatment for it consists of stretching exercises, chiropractic adjustments, and massage therapy.
Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder
The three stages that occur when diagnosed with a shoulder that is frozen are:
1. Painful stage: The person's range of motion becomes extremely limited, and pain can appear with any movement of the shoulder.
2. Frozen stage: Range of motion severely decreases while the shoulder becomes stiffer. There is also a good chance of any pain diminishing.
3. Thawing stage: Range of motion will start to improve in the final stage of the problem.
It is normal for patients with this condition to have trouble sleeping because the pain can get worse at night.
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Frozen Shoulder and Spinal Manipulations
Chiropractic treatment along with therapy exercises are a great treatment for the problem because they increase range of motion and blood flow in the body. It is very important to receive regular adjustments in order to reduce the stiffness in the shoulder and decrease the inflammation. Physical therapy (stretching and resistance techniques), heat and home exercises are highly recommended for the diagnosed patient in addition to a chiropractic adjustment and possible massage therapy.
The most commonly used treatment for frozen shoulder is trigger point. The chiropractor will put pressure on the painful, tender areas to relieve any tension that may subside. Massage therapy will combine the manipulation with a deep tissue massage. The masseuse puts pressure on the muscles to release any adhesions of scar tissue that may be the cause of shoulder pain. Trigger point therapy, Swedish massage and heat therapy are all great ways to reduce and eliminate the pain due to the problem.
Preventing Frozen Shoulder
The best way to prevent the problem is to condition the ligaments, tendons and muscles in the arm. Always warm up and stretch before any strenuous work. Regular strengthening exercises are the best way to prevent any injuries which may then lead to the condition. It is important to keep these types of exercises in your weekly routine. Some people do not realize how beneficial stretching and exercising really are until an injury occurs later on down the road. Lastly, another prevention method can be strict regulation of blood sugars, since diabetics are more prone to the problem.
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