is there any good treatments for a frozen shoulder?

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MMC123
There are a few things you can do to improve frozen shoulder but it depends how long you have had it. initially the pain may need to be controlled with painkillers. If you are able to carry out stretching movements then do these very gently to keep the muscles working.
1. Massage treatment. Although frozen shoulder comes from the joint the muscles surrounding the area can become tense so gentle massage can produce some pain relief. If the therapist offers TDP (Mineral Lamp Therapy) then ask for this as it penetrates up to three inches into the area, will stimulate circulation, deliver nutrients and eliminate toxins all of which will bring some instant relief and long term benefit.
2. If you have a heat lamp at home use it on the affected area before going to bed. It will soothe the pain and help you sleep.
3. If you can, try using a heat pad, placed under your armpit for three or four times each day. The heat will radiate up to your shoulder and bring some relief.
4. As the symptoms improve continue with stretching and gentle excercise (your GP should advise on the excercise programme).
Hope this helps!
Maureen McGowan
MMC Holistic Therapies
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CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
CentralLondonOsteopathy
Is it a frozen shoulder or a problem that is similar to it?
That is the most difficult question.
With a frozen shoulder you try to lift your straight arm up sidewards and already after a few degrees it will stop and you start tilting your body to the opposite side (cheating) and your shoulder blade will move instead of your arm.
The arm cannot elevate any more because of stiffness and pain!
An adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder) behaves like that, but other problems including muscle spasms and shoulder joint strain can also present like this.
You need an expert in this field - an osteopath or a physioterapist - who spesializes in shoulders to differentiate.
If it is a proper frozen shoulder (rare) it is difficult to help and takes a long time, although good treatment usually makes you feel better soon.
If it is one of the other conditions (common) - then improvement can feel like a miracle.
Being an osteopath for over 25 years and having worked with countless Global medallists in various sports, I have seen almost everything and the vast majority of (even diagnosed) "frozen shoulders" respond immediately to treatment, and people call it a miracle - but that is because it's not a proper frozen shoulder!
My number one advice is get it checked by somebody who knows about shoulders before wasting time in pain with heat and painkillers in case it's NOT a frozen shoulder.
AVOsteopath
I am an osteopath and have seen a few frozen shoulder patients, which is otherwise known as adhesive capsulitis. The best time to catch it is at the earliest stage, at the freezing stage which can last from 6 weeks +. I have seen good results with osteopathic treatment which usually includes mobilisations and also working on adjacent joints to help reduce the amount of strain on the shoulder and therefore aiding it to faster recovery. I also use western acupuncture in order to help give relief to the surrounding musculature and help ease it all before trying to increase the range of movement passively.
If you have any further questions or would like to have a free consultation, please dont hesitate to ask, frozen shoulder can last a very long time and really limits your day to day activities.
Karen592
I have had frozen shoulders for 4 years! Yes folks 4 years ( 2 years each shoulder - I know awful!) ! I am just about 'cured'. I had anti inflamatories and painkillers prescribed via my GP; A long term exercise and gentle stretching plan worked out for me plus 1steroid injection per shoulder administered via the NHS Muscular Skeletal team; then as all the NHS mainstream treatments started to work and the pain subsided I looked towards the alternative therapies and found Bowen Therapy worked really well.
harbirsingh
I have personally had good results treating frozen shoulder. I work in the NHS as well as having a preliminary selection to be on the Olympic Medical Team. Check out the website and book into the clinic to get relief fast.
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NicoleFerguson
Sports massage is always helpful. Acupuncture has proven to help as can osteopathy. Its hard to really tell unless you are seen by a therapist and they can determine what is best. http://www.thebodyworkspractice.co.uk
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