Frozen shoulder


A frozen shoulder is a shoulder joint with significant loss of its range of motion in all directions. A frozen shoulder is also referred to as adhesive capsulitis.

Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to frozen shoulder, including tendonitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injury. Frozen shoulders occur more frequently in patients with diabetes, chronic inflammatory arthritis of the shoulder, or after chest or breast surgery. Long-term immobility of the shoulder joint can put persons at risk to develop a frozen shoulder.

Generally acupuncture is very effective in the treatment of shoulder problems. Acupuncture needles are inserted into the most tender areas and other needles further down the arm may be used to move energy along the affected acupuncture channel. The insertion of acupuncture needles is not painful, although some sensation will be felt; sometimes a dull achiness or heaviness in the arm, all signs that the needles are doing their work. Most pain is felt when palpating for painful areas, rather than the acupuncture itself.

“Frozen shoulder” is often a term used to cover a whole variety of shoulder problems. The may be restriction of movement and pain in the shoulder. There may often be pain or shooting sensations that radiate either down the arm or into the neck. There could also be tingling in the hands. The symptoms are frequently worse at night. Frozen shoulders can occur very suddenly and often have no apparent cause or history of trauma.

Acupuncture and TuiNa massage can provide very effective treatment for most shoulder complaints. By assessing the nature of the pain, it’s location and the restriction of movement, an appropriate diagnosis can be made and treatment given. We can provide safe, effective and gentle treatment of the shoulder, often reducing pain and increasingly mobility in just a few sessions.

Shoulder problems are predominantly treated with acupuncture and tuina massage, although herbal medicine may be used in certain situations. This may be combined with electro-acupuncture to achieve the best results.