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All You Want to Know About Frozen Shoulder

Updated: May 5, 2023

The shoulder joint is dynamic, playing a significant role in everyday movements for the majority of us. From putting our clothes on to exercising to lifting, we use our shoulders for many of our routine tasks.


chiropractic for frozen shoulder

When the shoulder joint is injured and causes discomfort, it may be due to the condition called frozen shoulder (also called adhesive capsulitis). When this occurs, it’s smart to visit a chiropractor who will offer a specific skill set that manages your shoulder pain as it treats its underlying cause.


In this article, we’re answering:

  • What is frozen shoulder?

  • What are the symptoms of frozen shoulder?

  • How did I get frozen shoulder?

  • What chiropractic solutions help end frozen shoulder?

  • And more

If you’re interested in all things frozen shoulder, you’ll want to read on…


Do I Have Frozen Shoulder?

When the shoulder joint is compromised and causes stiffness and pain, it may be due to frozen shoulder.


The condition can be broken down into three distinct stages:

  • Freezing: when you start to feel increasing discomfort in the shoulder joint, and it becomes difficult to achieve a natural range of motion

  • Frozen: pain may be more limited; however, normal movement is still restricted, and the shoulder feels stiff

  • Thawing: range of motion increases, and you no longer feel pain

Discomfort can range in severity at each stage, but even if you’re experiencing minimal pain, seeking chiropractic care is an excellent resource to ensure you manage your recovery correctly and get safe, fast results.



Common symptoms of frozen shoulder include:

  • Pain when you move your shoulder or arm

  • Stiffness in the joint

  • Pain in the upper part of your arm

  • Inability to put pressure on the shoulder (like when sleeping or resting)


How Frozen Shoulder Occurs

When the connective tissues of the shoulder joint thicken and tighten around the joint, the shoulder’s movement becomes restricted and can cause pain and motion loss. It generally appears in those who have kept the affected shoulder inactive for lengthy periods.


Reasons you may have frozen shoulder include:

  • An old injury that hasn’t healed properly and kept the shoulder joint inactive

  • After surgery that has kept the shoulder joint inactive

  • After a broken arm that has kept the shoulder joint inactive

  • A rotator cuff injury

  • A stroke

  • A traumatic event, such as a sports injury or car accident

Anyone can get frozen shoulder at any stage of life and participating in any kind of lifestyle, but chiropractic solutions can help get you the pain relief you need through safe, non-invasive techniques.


Chiropractic Solutions to Help Frozen Shoulder

Chiropractors are educated and highly trained in the soft tissues and joints of the body. Using proven and trusted methods, your frozen shoulder symptoms can be improved.


Common chiropractic techniques to help frozen shoulder include:

  • Active Release Technique (ART)– a movement-based therapy to help improve soft tissue function and restore movement patterns

  • Exercises and stretches– programs designed around your individual needs and goals to enhance strength and comfort

  • Instrument-Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization– using industry tools to help deliver highly targeted and effective manipulations to injured soft tissues

  • Dry needling– thin needles placed in specific affected areas of soft tissue to improve circulation and restore function

  • And others

In order to get the safest, quickest recovery, chiropractic teams will often offer several modalities in one treatment plan. This encourages stability and balance and allows the body to find comfort with ease.


Visit Any of Our Chiropractic Locations & Let’s Improve Your Frozen Shoulder Pain

We know you want to get back to your lifestyle pain-free and moving without restriction. We’re prepared to find what’s causing your discomfort so we can properly help. Our team is devoted to your most responsible recovery, so you can feel confident in your body once again.


Book now because life is too short to live in pain.


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