what is frozen shoulderAnatomy of Shoulder Joint | What Is Frozen Shoulder?

So, what is frozen shoulder, it is 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 of delicate yet strong bones, muscles and tendons which work together to provide an amazing range of motion to the arms.

The shoulder joint is made up of 3 bones:

  • the humerus
  • the scapula, and
  • the clavicle

remedial massage for frozen shoulderAnd five muscles:

  • teres minor,
  • supraspinatus,
  • subscapularis,
  • infraspinatus, and
  • Pectoralis minor

make up the shoulder joint. The bones and muscles that form the shoulder joint are secured in place by means of tendons and ligaments. The shoulder joint is surrounded by a group of strong connective tissues called the shoulder capsule.

What Is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder also referred to as “periarthritis” or “adhesive capsulitis” is a medical condition that is characterised by progressive pain and loss of movement in the shoulder joint. Frozen shoulder usually develops slowly 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.

Symptoms and Signs 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 assist the muscular tension attributed to frozen shoulder and can manage many of the symptoms. Frozen shoulder will eventually resolve itself however there are many treatment options that can reduce the symptoms and the duration of this painful condition.

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