Frozen shoulder is a painful disorder relating to the flexible tissues around the shoulder capsule (the connective tissue surrounding the glenohumeral joint of the shoulder). The condition is believed to have three stages: the “freezing”, the “frozen” and the “thawing”. Which in simpler terms is the worsening of pain and gradual loss of movement, followed by a slight ease in pain but on-going stiffness, finally the shoulder slowly returns towards normal. Each phase can be expected to last over four months.
Symptoms of frozen shoulder include inflammation and stiffness of the shoulder which in turn severely restricts motion and causes chronic pain. Generally the pain is constant however it can worsen when the weather is colder and at night causing sleep deprivation. This makes even small tasks, such as raising the arm, difficult if not impossible and can lead to depression and problems in the neck and back. Cramping and enormous pain can be triggered by certain movements or bumps.
The condition can last from five months to beyond three years and in some cases can be caused by injury or strain to the shoulder area. The condition can also occur spontaneously (idiopathic frozen shoulder) and may in some circumstances be linked to rheumatism or shoulder, breast and lung surgery. Additionally the condition arises when there is a lack of synovial fluid between the upper arm bone and the shoulder blade socket.
Note: Sufferers can become frustrated due to slow recovery. Frozen shoulder is more common in women than men and rarely appears in people under 40 years old. It is more common in diabetics or people who have suffered from heart disease, lung disease, Parkinson’s disease, a stroke or an overactive thyroid gland.
As with all diseases this did not happen overnight. The very first thing you must do is see a licensed health professional. Find a list of practitioners in your local area here
Here are some things you can discuss with your practitioner:
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Hydrotherapy is the application of water, ice, steam and hot and cold temperatures to maintain and restore health. Treatments include full body immersion, steam baths, saunas, sitz baths, colonic irrigation and the application of hot and/or cold compresses. Hydrotherapy is effective for treating a wide range of conditions and can easily be used in the home as part of a self-care program. Many Naturopathic Physicians, Physical Therapists and Day Spas use Hydrotherapy as part of treatment.
There are several at-home hydrotherapy treatments. For treating rheumatoid arthritis, we recommended constitutional hydrotherapy (apply two to five times weekly) or a heating compress (apply once daily to affected areas). Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
- We recommend regular colonics to remove toxicity from the body. Read more about colonics by clicking here. Find a practitioner here
- Most of the water that we drink is very acidic and in order to heal our bodies need a more alkaline state. During the programme drink alkalised water, which you can buy from Real Water www.drinkrealwater.com/
- Take a bath as often as possible up to once a day with two litres of 35% food grade Hydrogen Peroxide. http://shoppingcartpurehealthysystems.com/?Click=4464
Avoid eating toxins and focus on foods that heal (garlic, onions, tomatoes, digestive enzymes, sea salt) and vegetable juices. You could also try cayenne pepper to get your body sweating; a great way of getting unwanted toxins out of the body.
It is important to not add further toxicity to your system so try to adhere to the following:
- Do not consume any artificial sweeteners, such as Splenda, NutraSweet or Aspartame
- Do not consume high fructose corn syrup or mono-sodium glutamate.
- Do not drink any carbonated beverages.
- Avoid all fast food restaurants.
- Avoid all canned food.
- Eliminate conventional dairy products. The best dairy products are raw, unpasteurised and homogenised dairy from grass fed cows. If this is unavailable, then buy organic dairy.
- Avoid conventional beef. The best beef is organic grass fed beef.
www.grasslandbeef.com/StoreFront.bok?affld=104400 The second best is organic meat; this includes beef, veal, lamb, chicken and turkey.
- Take Vitamin D3 50,000-100,000 International Units a day for periods of 4 weeks at a time.
- Wholefood supplements are the best way of ensuring your nutritional needs are met. The best we know on the market is Kevin Trudeau’s “KT Daily” product. You can find more details here kevintrudeaudailylifesessentials.com
- Take an Omega 3 supplement:
Prescription and non-prescription medication:
What non-prescription and prescription drugs are you taking? Your non-prescription and prescription are partially the reason that you have this illness or disease – you need to get off these medications but do so only under the guidance of a licensed health care practitioner.
We know that when the body is out of balance, energy doesn’t flow, leading blockages and eventually dis-ease. Here are some things you can do to combat stress and restore balance:
- Go to a Dr Morter BEST (Bio-Energetic Synchronisation Technique) Practitioner.
- Sign up for Energetic Re-Balancing: 2 practitioners to consider are:
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- Reiki healing is very powerful in releasing stress and emotional baggage. Find a practitioner here.
- Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) has had remarkable results in dissolving stress. Find a local practitioner here (link) or go to www.thetappingsolution.com orwww.tftrx.com
- Try Hypnotherapy to relax the mind. Find a practitioner here.
As always the fastest most effective way to receive tailored advice to your own situation, you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Ayurvedic practitionershere:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest: In Ayurveda, frozen shoulder is referred to as Apabahukam. Apabahukam is mainly caused due to vitiation of Vata dosha.
Ayurvedic treatment administration of herbally medicated oils (Kashayas, Aristas) for both internal and external use, Panchakama treatment which includes massage (Abhyanga) and steam baths (Swedanam.) Often, Nasyam, Narangakizhi a special type of Panchakarama therapy of Kerala, is recommended. Treatment usually lasts for 10 days with 7 days’ rest to follow.
Traditional Chinese Medicine
To receive bespoke advice based upon your own situation you should visit a local licensed practitioner. Find your closest Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners here:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Acupuncture – this has proven extremely beneficial for treating frozen shoulder. Turmeric, cinnamon, ginger and licorice are also often prescribed along with the more mysterious-sounding tang-kuei, chin-chiu and tu-huo. Juanbi Tang or Juan Bi Tang, Chinese combinations of herbs can also be prescribed.
Chamomile, lavender, frankincense, and/or myrrh are all useful essential oils that can be used to reduce inflammation.
To ensure positive results, always check that the essential oil is a 100% pure plant distillation and that it comes from a reputable source.
Owing to the principles behind homeopathy (link to full description of what it is) it is essential you see a licensed practitioner to receive your own personalised prescription. Find your closest Homeopath here:
Here are some remedies that your practitioner may suggest:
Calc phos – Especially good for rheumatic pains in the shoulder and arm
Ferrum met. – Good for shooting and tearing pain in the joint of the shoulder.
Ferrum phos. – Good when motion of the shoulder and arm causes violent pain.
Rhus. Tox – Good for treating swelling, stiffness and paralysis.
Ruta g. – Good for wrenching pain in the shoulder-joint, especially when permitting arms to hang down or when resting on them.
Sanguinaria can. – Good for when the pain is worse at night in bed.
Chamomile, lemon balm, licorice, meadowsweet, St. John’s wort, plantain, willow bark, and wild yam all have anti-inflammatory properties, as do sea cucumber and yarrow.
Many patients have enthusiastically responded to the use of ice and found it particularly beneficial. Simply take some crushed ice, wrap it in a clean towel and place it over the front of the shoulder for approximately 10 minutes. This process should be repeated as often as possible including 10 minute resting periods. You may want to apply the ice to other parts of the shoulder where you are experiencing pain. Note: ice should never be applied directly to the skin as this may cause permanent brown scarring.
Thermotherapy / Heat application
Consider a warm bath in the early stages of frozen shoulder. In the later stages hot water bottles (not too hot) or heat packs can be applied. If you find this treatment effective think about an alternating cycle between of ice, warm, ice.
Bowen Therapy was developed in the 1950s by Thomas Bowen, a lay healer from Australia who possessed a keen knowledge of human structure and nerve function and their relationship to health. Unlike other forms of structural bodywork, Bowen therapy is extremely gentle and non-invasive. The treatment involves a series of moves consisting of pulling the skin away from an underlying muscle or tendon, applying pressure against its side and the holding and releasing it while allowing the underlying structure to spring back to its normal position. It has proven particularly beneficial for conditions like frozen shoulder.
This may include massage therapy and sometimes daily extensive stretching after the heating of the shoulder. Please seek the advice of your alternative health care practitioner before undergoing these procedures to make sure they are appropriate for you.
Overexertion in the early stages is not recommended as the muscles and joints should be allowed to rest. Gentle exercise advocated by your health care provider is an option and some people find exercising in Jacuzzis/pools useful.
Some relief and comfort of the condition can be achieved through supporting the affected shoulder by placing a pillow underneath it when lying on your back. Also you can sleep on your “good side” with a pillow placed between your waist and affected shoulder.
The best position for recovery is to straighten the arm and let is hang at the side of the body. You should not hold the arm in a sling position across the chest as this puts stress on your tendons.
The physical postures and breathing exercises comprising the practice of yoga have long been proven by scientific research to promote feelings of relaxation while simultaneously strengthening the body. Research conducted since the 1970s has shown that regular yoga practice not only relieves stress, and stressful emotions such as anxiety and depression, but also improves blood pressure rates and overall cardiovascular health. Yoga is also effective for reducing pain, improving gastrointestinal and respiratory function, and for improving cognitive function and enhancing sight and hearing.
Note: If you are just beginning to explore yoga, it is recommended that you initially do so under the guidance of a trained yoga instructor who can guide you to become aware of the subtleties involved in each yoga posture as well as the corresponding method of breathing.
Is a wonderful form of exercise, breath work and meditation to relieve stress and tension in the body. See article section for more information about the art of qigong.
Home remedies: Try these for relief
Take some mustard oil and heat it in a pan. Crush 3 or 4 garlic cloves and put them in the pan and wait till they turn dark brown. Allow this mixture to cool down a little bit. Massage your shoulder with this warm oil. It will reduce the pain caused by this problem.
Black sesame seeds are very effective in giving relief from the pain. All you need to do is take a spoonful of black sesame seeds and soak them in water. Allow it to steep overnight and the next morning you can consume these seeds along with the water.
Acupuncture and frozen shoulder: www.acupuncture-services.com/health-az/frozen-shoulder/
Traditional Chinese Medicine – Ancient Healing http://www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/traditional_chinese_ancient_healing.php
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Mother Nature’s Natural Germ Fighters naturalhealthdossier.com/2012/03/mother-natures-natural-germ-fighters/
Heal Your Body and Raise Your Consciousness – Qigong(from August 2012 newsletter)
Health Care that Won’t Cost You a Single Penny – EFT (June 2012 newsletter)
Become Master of Your Mind – taking charge of your reaction to stress (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Jump for Joy – Rebounding is a great stress busting workout (Oct 2012 newsletter)
Hypnotherapy for stress management – why it is so effective www.naturalcures.com/healthblog/hypnotherapy_for_stress.php
Yoga for frozen shoulder: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TLVaOI3jLo
Shoulder pain exercise through yoga: www.youtube.com/watch?v=aMORGQeccgg
Trigger point dry needling: www.naturalnews.com/037027_dry_needling_trigger_points_pain_therapy.html
Bowen Therapy for frozen shoulder: www.naturalnews.com/026066_pain_therapy_treatment.html
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