What Is Frozen Shoulder, and How Can Massage Help?
We treat many conditions at Davie Village RMT. One of these condition is “frozen shoulder.” Frozen shoulder can happen to anyone. So, it makes sense to learn what it is and who’s at highest risk. Then, you can learn what you can do about it.
Definition of Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder is a relatively common condition. It causes pain and stiffness in one joint. As a result, it limits your range of motion in that shoulder. As a result, it is difficult to raise your arm above your head. In fact, the affected shoulder may seem almost useless if you have a bad case of frozen shoulder. In addition, it disrupts your sleep.
Am I at Risk?
As RMTs, we call frozen shoulder as adhesive capsulitis. It’s related to tightening, thickening, scarring, shrinkage, and inflammation in the joint capsule. You risk developing frozen shoulder if you experience any of the following:
- a motor vehicle accident
- injury to your shoulder
- tendinitis, bursitis, or rotator cuff injury
- arthritis in your shoulder
- chest or breast surgery
Frozen Shoulder Treatments
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, your doctor may recommend surgery to release the scar tissue. Also, massage therapy can be with or without other treatments.
How Can a Registered Massage Therapist Help?
Fortunately, a registered massage therapist can often help using deep tissue massage and trigger point therapy. They can work to reduce stiffness and pain and improve circulation. For example, they put sustained pressure on the muscles. This can facilitate the release of scar tissue and adhesions. Furthermore, even a gentle Swedish massage can help to relieve tension and pain caused by frozen shoulder.
So, talk to a registered massage therapist at Davie Village RMT if you experience pain, stiffness, weakness, or limited range of motion in your shoulder. Once your condition has been diagnosed, your massage therapist can work with you to get your shoulder working smoothly and painlessly again.