Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive capsulitis is a disorder that effects the shoulder joint causing inflammation of the joint capsule which can lead to significant restriction in range of motion and pain.
The shoulder joint also known as the Glenohumeral joint, is a ball and socket joint with a wide range of motion. Because of the ability to articulate in so many different directions the joint capsule needs to be flexible but must also have stability to maintain the form and function of the joint. This structural stability is maintained by ligaments and the muscle and tendons of the rotator cuff group.
The cause of Frozen Shoulder is not known but there are certain factors that increase the risk of developing Frozen Shoulder. Individuals over 40 particularly women, decreased mobility or immobility due to injury of the shoulder or arm and surgery of the shoulder, arm, mastectomy, repetitive motion or overruse. Other medical conditions that may also increase risk are; Stroke, Diabetes, overactive or underactive thyroid, cardiovascular disease and Parkinson’s.
Treatment of Frozen Shoulder may include Physical Therapy, injections, movement or a combination of those modalities. Myofascial and Trigger Point therapy can be an effective treatment to reduce pain, increase range of motion and ultimately regain normal shoulder function.
John “Eric” Garcia has been a bodywork practitioner since 2001. A Licensed Massage Therapist (Lic#4612) and certified in Advanced Myoskeletal Alignment. In addition he has completed over 200 additional hours of continuing education Structural and Myofascial integration, Active, Positional and Myofascial Release.