Frozen shoulder syndrome, also called adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder, is a very painful restriction of the shoulder caused by inflammation of the connective tissue (capsule) that surrounds, and holds together, the shoulder joint (gleno-humeral joint).
The shoulder pain may become so great that it may be too difficult to brush your hair or teeth, put on a jacket, put items in your back pocket, or reach backward to pull the seat belt forward and across the chest.
Child rearing may be a major driver of frozen shoulder syndrome.
Apparently, frozen shoulder syndrome is 2-3 times more common in women than men, and mostly occurs between ages 40-60. I suppose that’s not too surprising since child rearing requires a lot of repeated lifting of the infant or toddler, as well as toting around a diaper bag, and carrying grocery bags to the car or into the house.
However, since men are becoming much more involved in these tasks, future statistics may reflect that. I expect more men to experience frozen shoulder syndrome as well around the same age as women. It usually takes a decade or two for chronic pain and restriction in joints to manifest.
Conventional treatment options.
Treatment for frozen shoulder syndrome includes massage, physical therapy, pain medication, and surgery.
While massage and physical therapy can be very helpful to ameliorate the pain and restore some range of motion to the shoulder, pain medications have many side effects and may cause lifelong dependence on them.
Surgery of any kind, while often rehabilitative, may create scar tissue that causes more problems later on.
Natural treatment options.
Natural medicine (alternative medicine), such as herbs and homeopathy, as well as hydrotherapy, acupressure and acupuncture, is a wonderful alternative way to reduce pain and restore range of motion, without the side effects so common with over the counter or prescription medications.
Craniosacral therapy and energetic unwinding of the spine, joints, and muscles (a fusion of craniosacral therapy, acupressure, and soft tissue work) are my favorite forms of body therapy for this painful condition because they are so gentle and non-invasive but very effective in reducing the pain and restoring mobility to the shoulder joint. They do so by helping the body to release restrictions in the connective tissue of the shoulder joint.
For more information on these therapies, read my health blog on whitetigernaturalmedicine.com.
Until the next natural healing perspective blog…