what is frozen shoulderWhat Is Frozen Shoulder?

So, what is frozen shoulder? It’s important to first understand the anatomy of the shoulder joint. The shoulder joint is one of the most complex joints in our body! It comprises several delicate yet strong bones, muscles and tendons which work together to provide an amazing range of motion for your arms.

The shoulder joint is made up of 3 bones, the humerus, the scapula, and the clavicle and five muscles, teres minor, supraspinatus, subscapularis, infraspinatus, and Pectoralis minor

the shoulder joint is the connection between bones and muscles that form it. Bones, ligaments, tendons all attach together to keep in place while surrounded by a strong connective tissue called the capsule.

Frozen shoulder is a condition that may cause pain and loss of movement in the shoulders. It can be described as adhesive capsulitis or periarthritis, this ailment happens slowly over time in stages.

Stage 1: The Freezing Phase

In the initial phase also referred to as “the freezing phase“, the soft tissues of the shoulder joint become inflamed or stiffed as a result of injury, misuse, or overuse. The inflammation/stiffness is usually accompanied with a debilitating pain that becomes worse with movement. The duration of this phase is from a few weeks to a few months.

myotherapy melbourneStage 2: The Frozen Phase

This leads to the second stage also referred to as “the frozen phase” which is characterised by a decrease in the range of motion in all or most directions. This stage can last from a few weeks to nearly a year.

Stage 3: The Thawing Phase

The final stage also referred to as “the thawing stage” is characterised by lessening of the pain and restoration of the full range of motion.

Signs and Symptoms of Frozen Shoulder

  • Pain in the shoulder joint
  • restricted shoulder movement
  • inflammation
  • shoulder stiffness
  • trouble sleeping
  • trouble performing daily activities

If you think you may have frozen shoulder, we can help. Remedial massage has been shown to reduce the tension that causes this condition and reduces many of its symptoms. Your pain will eventually subside but there are various treatments available which can assist with reducing discomfort during treatment as well as decreasing how long it takes for your body to heal naturally.

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