Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder

Long Term Shoulder Pain? It Could Be Frozen shoulder.

~~By Joshua Erickson LMT, Revolution Health Medical Center~~

Frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is stiffness, severe pain, and limited range of movement in your shoulder. It may happen after an injury, overuse or from health issues such as diabetes or a stroke. The tissues around the joint stiffen, scar tissue forms, and shoulder movements become difficult and extremely painful. The condition usually comes on slowly, and then goes away even more slowly taking a year or more for recovery.

Many people can’t get through their daily activities such as dressing, driving, typing at a computer and simple lifting due to the severe pain and restricted motion. Sleep is generally interrupted as well. However, before assuming what you have is frozen shoulder, see our doctors to rule out other conditions or injuries through physical testing and imaging.

Treatment Options

Western medicine usually prescribes painkillers and anti-inflammatory medications, as well as physical therapy for the treatment plan. In some cases surgery is chosen in a procedure called Manipulation Under Anesthesia (MUA). This involves being put under anesthesia at which time your arm is moved by the doctor manually to break up scar tissue.

Many of our patients at Revolution Health Medical Center find relief for frozen shoulder from massage therapy, acupuncture and trigger point injections. There are also anti-inflammatory supplements and eating plans that may be helpful. Our doctors can discuss all of these options with you to determine an integrative treatment plan. The focus here is massage.

Deep tissue massage, as well as other types of massage, focuses on breaking up adhesions and/or scar tissue. This process has led to successful increased range of motion and subsequently cases of decreased pain. In turn, this helps patients get more sleep, which is another big obstacle from frozen shoulder.

Trusting someone to work on you when you have been in such constant pain can be difficult. Our team is here to work with you to ensure the best possible experience. If you follow your treatment plan, success is likely, and in many cases on a faster timetable.

The best plan of action, of course, is preventive. Take care of yourself. Have a close relationship with your doctor and massage therapist and avoid a lot of unnecessary problems. However, when you find yourself in need of treatment for frozen shoulder or other issues, our team is here to work through it with you.

Licensed Massage Therapist Joshua


Joshua is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) at Revolution Health Medical Center.  Deep Tissue Massage is one of the techniques he is trained in.  He is accepting new clients.  

Current patients may make an appointment with Joshua via the patient portal.  Scheduling can also be done by calling our office during business hours.

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The information provided on this site is not intended to be a substitute for individual medical advice in diagnosing or treating a health problem.

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