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Frozen Shoulder

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Kaylie Kenny

on 1 December 2015

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Transcript of Frozen Shoulder

How it works
The bones, ligaments and tendons that make up your shoulder joint are encased in a capsule of connective tissue.

Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens around the shoulder joint, restricting its movement.
3 stages of Frozen Shoulder

Freezing stage: Movement of your shoulder causes pain, and shoulder's range of motion starts to become limited.

Frozen stage: Pain begins to diminish during this stage. Shoulder becomes stiffer, and difficult to use.

Thawing stage. The range of motion in your shoulder begins to improve.
Risk Factor
Frozen shoulder is more likely to occur in people

-40 years of age and older

-those with immobility or reduced mobility

-those with certain disease such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular disease, tuberculosis, and parkinson's disease
Western Medicine Treatment:Medication
Frozen shoulder can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers, such as aspirin and ibuprofen.

They can help reduce pain and inflammation.
What is it?
Frozen shoulder is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in your shoulder joint.
Frozen Shoulder
Western Medicine Treatment: Therapy
A physical therapist can teach you exercises to help improve your range of motion.
Western Medicine Treatment:Other

-steroid injection: helps decrease pain, and increase mobility

-joint distension: help stretch the tissue to make it easier to move

-shoulder manipulation: loosens the tightened tissues without the pain

-surgery: removes the scar tissue and adhesions from inside the shoulder
Frozen Shoulder TCM perspective
According to TCM, frozen shoulder is a result of:
1. Attack of External Pathogens (Wind & Cold)
2. Blood Stagnation Due to Injury
3. Frozen Shoulder from lack of circulation in the Neck
4. Disorder of Internal Organ (Liver, Gall Bladder,Lungs or Small Intestine

Treating Frozen Shoulder Using TCM
1. Find out cause of the pain by TCM diagnosis method, such as pulse, tongue, signs and symptoms.

2. Set up appropriate treatment, which is suitable and most effective – ie. acupuncture, Chinese herbs, cupping, scrubbing or Chinese meridian massage.
Treating Frozen Shoulder with Acupressure
Acupressure for frozen shoulder starts with reducing the pain and stiffness of the shoulder and increasing the blood circulation through heat.
Acupressure Points to Treat Frozen Shoulder
TH3 - located on the back of the hand, between the last two bones of the hand, just above the fingers
Stimulation of this acupressure point on the back of the hand may provide relief for neck and shoulder pain
Acupressure Points to Treat Frozen Shoulder
ST38-on the shin, just outside of the crest of the shin bone, half way between the knee cap and the ankle.
Very effective point for disorders of the shoulder. For limited motion, needling point is a good idea.
Acupressure Points to Treat Frozen Shoulder
GB39- one hands width above the outer ankle bone, just in front of the leg bone that runs down to the ankle.
This is the hui-meeting point of the Marrow. It is an important distal point for disorders of the cervical spine
It is recommended that pressure be applied to points for one-two minutes, twice a day until symptoms vanish
Benefits of Using Acupressure for Treating Frozen Shoulder
-It can be done at home or with help from professional

-It benefits your entire body and not just the area targetted

-Long-lasting effects

-Gentle technique
Prevention of Frozen Shoulder
-strech your shoulders

-strengthen tendons in shoulder area

-include vitamin D in your diet

-eat healthy, with minimal processed food intake

-stretch spine
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