Frozen Shoulder Relief

Acupuncture for frozen shoulder, Acupuncture in harlem

Imagine waking one morning and not being able to lift your arm to brush your teeth or raise your arm over your head to put on a shirt. If you've experienced this or maybe suffering from this now, you probably have frozen shoulder or also called adhesive capsulitis

The shoulder joint or glenohumeral joint is a ball and socket joint located between the shoulder blade and humerus or upper arm. It is the most versatile joint of the body due to its range of motion. The joint assists with moving the arm across the chest, behind the back, above the head,  and to the side and front of the body. With its versatility, it's prone to frequent injuries such as frozen shoulder, rotator cuff injuries, tendonitis, and bursitis.

The shoulder consists of 4 main muscles that create what is known as rotator cuff muscles. They are supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor, and subscapularis. When frozen shoulder arises, there's inflammation in the area that could be affecting the tendons of those muscles as well as the capsule of the glenohumeral joint.

With frozen shoulder the connective tissue thickens and contracts preventing normal movement. When there is less space for the humerus to move around there's three main problems; inflammation, thickened tissue in the area, and decreased synovial fluid. 

Symptoms of frozen shoulder.

Frozen shoulder often affects people between the ages of 40-60, women more often than men. Pain can begin gradually with stiffness, decreased range of motion, and mild to severe pain - more severe if left untreated for a period of time. Causes of frozen shoulder include loss of use due to an injury, surgery or other illness. Women diagnosed with thyroid conditions are prone to frozen shoulder. 

At home therapy for mild frozen shoulder.

Apply ice to the area to decrease inflammation. Do this several times per day for 10-15 minutes each time. Stretching is very important but please avoid straining. To gain more range of motion while stretching, place a heating pad over the area or take a warm shower beforehand. This loosens muscles in the area and will help to decrease discomfort while stretching.

According to Harvard Health, there are several exercises you can do at home.

  1. Pendulum Stretch
  2. Towel Stretch
  3. Finger Walk
  4. Cross-body Reach
  5. Armpit Stretch
  6. Outward Rotation
  7. Inward Rotation

Cupping therapy for frozen shoulder.

Fire cupping is used on rotator cuff muscles: supraspinatus, infraspinatus, teres minor as well as the deltoid muscle. Fire cupping is great because of the slight warmth is creates by using fire; glass cups used are easier for movement and relieving muscle tightness and tension.

Acupuncture for frozen shoulder.

Several acupuncture points are used in the area to help reduce inflammation, decrease pain and provide range of motion. Electro-stimulated acupuncture is highly recommended to invigorate a stronger response from the central nervous system. In addition to acupuncture and cupping, the practitioner will do passive stretching.

Depending on the severity of the condition, the treatment may take several months to obtain normal range of motion and reduced pain. During this time, it is important to keep moving and keep stretching. Remember, a body in motion, stays in motion. 

For questions about your condition, call 646-854-6619 or simply book an appointment.

Frozen Shoulder Relief, Linyana Acupuncture Studio in Harlem, New York, NY




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