WHAT IS FROZEN SHOULDER?
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterised by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint, typically involving substantial pain, movement restriction, and considerable morbidity. The pain and stiffness develops gradually as a result of thickening and tightening of the shoulder capsule. It could get worse and then finally goes away, and can take as long as between a year to 3 years. It affects mainly men and women ages from 40 to 60, more common in female (70%).
WHAT ARE COMMON FROZEN SHOULDER SYMPTOM?
Symptoms begin as a gradual onset and progress through the following
1. Painful (Freezing) stage
- Pain in the shoulder joint with any movement
- Pain might get worse at night
- Limited shoulder movement
- Little to no response to anti-inflammatory medication
- This might last from 6 to 9 months.
2. Frozen (Adhesion) stage
- Pain starts to subside but stiffness gets worse
- Shoulder movement becomes extremely limited that can reduce daily activities.
- This stage might last from 4 to 12 months
3. Thawing (Resolution) stage
- Shoulder movement begins to improve, and the range of motion starts to go back to normal.
- This might take between 6 months to 2 years.
WHAT CAUSES FROZEN SHOULDER?
The causes of Frozen Shoulder are unknown. However, certain groups of people are more likely to suffer from frozen shoulder:
- Women are more often than men
- People whose ages are between 40 and 60
- Those in the process of recovering from a medical condition like a stroke, or surgery like a mastectomy that keeps them from moving the arm
- People with diabetes (10-20%), heart disease, thyroid disease, or Parkinson’s disease
- People with poor biomechanics and postures.
WHICH TREATMENTS ARE RECOMMENDED TO REDUCE FROZEN SHOULDER?
WHAT IS THE BENEFIT OF MASSAGE FOR FROZEN SHOULDER ?
- Massage is an effective treatment option for frozen shoulder. As aim of massage is to help balance the shoulder by concentrating on cuff and other muscle which stabilize the shoulder joint
- Massage can relieve tension and tightness in your shoulder in order to relax muscle. Also the main benefit is to improve mobility and enhance shoulder’s function by increasing blood flow in the affected area.
WHAT DO LE SPA MASSAGE TREAT FROZEN SHOULDER?
Whether you book for specific treatment of frozen shoulder. The experienced massage therapist will assess your condition via some physical testing. The therapist may apply Swedish massage techniques combine with cupping therapy, heat therapy and passive exercise to recover your frozen shoulder.
Obviously, the regular massage treatments can increase blood circulation and alleviate the tension as well as most of frozen shoulder symptoms. The regular massage is essential as Frozen Shoulder issue can not be relieved by only one treatment.
After the massage, the therapist can advise and model to you with exercises which can help relieve frozen shoulder pain.
WHAT SHOULD BE AVOIDED IF I HAVE FROZEN SHOULDER?
- Avoid frozen food, fast food, carbonated drinks, packaged food, refined products, and other stimulants such as coffee or tea
- Avoid heavy exercises
- Avoid exposure to cold environments
- Avoid skipping meals
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