Frozen Shoulder Information.
Frozen Shoulder, or to give it, its proper name, Adhesive Capsulitis is a shoulder problem that is characterised by pain and lack of movement.
Why it happens and what it actually is, is unknown, but it does happen more frequently to specific groups of people. It affects 1-2% of the general population, although in people with diabetes this is higher, About 10-20% of the population.
Causes of Frozen Shoulder
There are several competing theories to the causes of why people get of Frozen Shoulder, although some of the reasons may be related to each other.
Who is most at Risk of Frozen Shoulder?
- Ageing: over 50’s
- Posture: Round shouldered posture, and people that have upper crossed syndrome
- Occupation: Your job or activities may have an effect of Frozen Shoulder. Overuse maybe the cause although going from under use to normal use may be a bigger problem
- Weight: Being overweight or obese. There are a few possibilities for this. Some may be related to sedentary behaviour, others to insulin resistance and metabolic syndrome
- Diabetes: Type I and II.
- Immobilization/splinting: This appears to be due to the lack of movement. It allows the adhesion to happen, because there is no movement.
- Surgery: There seem to be two proposed reasons for this immobilisation o the other possibility is low grade infection and inflammation leading to frozen shoulder.
- Fracture: reasons maybe similar to surgery.
Stages of Frozen Shoulder
Frozen Shoulder is described as having three stages, but some authorities on Frozen Shoulder describe another earlier pre-adhesive stage. In my experience, I have found this to be true at least part of the time.
The Four stages of Frozen Shoulder are:
- Pre-Adhesive stage. (pre-Phase 1) Here the patient has the signs and symptoms of ‘impingement syndrome’ where the range of movement is not affected, but there may be a pain within certain areas of those movements.
- Phase I: The freezing painful phase
- Phase II: The frozen stiff phase
- Phase III: The thawing resolving phase
How long does Frozen Shoulder last?
Without treatment Frozen shoulder can take between on average between one and five years. In some cases movement never returns fully. The Niel Asher “defrost” technique that I use can increase the rate of resolution of your frozen shoulder.
|No Treatment||Niel Asher Technique for Frozen Shoulder|
|Pre-Freezing||up to 4 sessions||1 to 5 sessions|
|FREEZING||1 to 8 months||7 to 13 sessions|
|FROZEN||9 to 16 months||5 to 8 sessions|
|THAWING||12 to 40 months||4 to 7 sessions|
|totals||between 22-68 months||17 to 33 sessions|
As you can see, The Niel Asher Technique isn’t a miracle cure for your frozen shoulder, but it can help accelerate you through the pain and discomfort you get with Frozen shoulder, returning you to your normal life and activities