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Frozen Shoulder/Adhesive Capsulitis

Adhesive Capsulitis or Frozen Shoulder (FS) is an idiopathic disorder with two primary indicators: pain and contracture. The latter is defined as an abnormal decrease of muscle tissue, resulting in a marked limitation of Range of Motion.

An impermeable sac, known as a capsule, contains most of our joints and inundates them in a nutritive fluid. Irritation of this capsule can lead to an inflammatory condition called “capsulitis”. Left untreated, chronic inflammation of the capsule can lead to the accumulation of scar tissue in and around the joint. This condition is known as Adhesive (as adhesions) Capsulitis (inflammation of the capsule).

Adhesive Capsulitis can cause a severe limitation of movement, hence the name Frozen Shoulder. This condition generally responds well to treatment, although recovery can take months to achieve. Early detection and intervention are key, so time is of the essence when dealing with Frozen Shoulder.

Shoulder problems can arise simply by engaging in everyday activities. Trauma such as falling on an outstretched arm, yanking, repetitive motions such as throwing, weightlifting, and swimming; and bad posture while driving an automobile and operating a computer can contribute to shoulder pain and stiffness.

Treatment for Adhesive Capsulitis/Frozen Shoulder

Restoring the shoulder to proper function and motion requires a combined approach that addresses both the joint mechanics AND the muscles that support joint function. Joint mechanics respond well to remedial chiropractic adjustments. The Active Release Technique muscle therapy is an effective method by which to reduce the “sticky” scar tissue within the joint and surrounding the capsule.

The term “Chiropractic adjustment” describes one of the countless ways of implementing carefully applied and controlled pressure to restore joints to normal position and functionality. It also alleviates strain on the surrounding overworked muscles that become injured while compensating for joint dysfunction.

Active Release Technique (ART) is a patented, state-of-the-art soft tissue (muscles, ligaments, fascia and nerves) therapeutic treatment system designed specifically to restore balance to dysfunctional muscles. The ART practitioner uses precisely applied tension in combination with specific movements executed by the patient. The pains and stiffness of Frozen Shoulder is often decreased within minutes of an ART treatment.