Frozen Shoulder is caused when the joint capsule of the shoulder thickens and starts to become very tight and stiff. Adhesions and thick bands of tissue begin to develop in and around the joint and in most cases, there is less synovial fluid in the joint than there should be.
Frozen Shoulder is an incredibly painful and difficult condition to live with as it reduces one’s ability to go through daily duties. For example, it can even be quite difficult just to perform a simple task such as getting dressed. A lot of people affected with frozen shoulder have pain wake them up in the middle of the night and may have difficulties sleeping.
Frozen Shoulder is most common in patients from 40-60 and it is much more common in women than in men. People with diabetes have an increased risk of developing a frozen shoulder.
This isn’t always the case, however – Frozen Shoulder can truly affect anyHealthy Body. One common reason people complain of frozen shoulder is after they have had their shoulder immobilized in a sling or brace for a long period of time.
Osteopathy may help to relieve the pain and increase range of motion for patients suffering from this painful and debilitating condition. Manual Osteopaths treat the Healthy Body with a hands-on approach and may mobilize, stretch and realign the mechanics of the shoulder with a variety of hands-on techniques.
Manual Osteopaths may increase blood flow and fluid movement in the frozen shoulder speeding recovery. Many of the techniques applied by a Manual Osteopath will cause a reduction of inflammation in and around the joint causing pain relief, increased range of motion as well as making it easier for the patient to get a full nights sleep!