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Frozen Shoulders

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • November 25, 2006
  • 11:55 PM

I have both shoulders frozen for the last 6 months. It is very painful & I have limited mobility of my arms. I'd be interested in hearing from others as to what treatment was successful and how long did it take to correct the problem from the time of the first successful treatment.

I have tried the following:

a)physiotherapy-both gentle & aggressive. Neither worked. The aggressive(pushing on arm onto shoulder) seemed promising at first but later made the problem worst.

b) heat & electric current- sooothing, short term relief of pain

c)accupuncture-relieved the pain for the remainder of the day

d)deep massage- made my neck muscles stiffer & sore

e)Trigenics-a combination of applying pressure on trigger points(the knots in the muscle that hurt) while stretching the muscles in the arm,neck or back while doing heavy breathing. This is followed by laser heat treament.
I'm currently taking this treatment. While it loosens me up, the body is stretched and is pained & needs time to recover. I suggest only 1 treatment per week. The therapist claims success with other patients in 3-6 treatments.

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  • Generally time heals. Check out the internet about this. Lots of articles on it.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 26, 2006
    • 00:56 AM
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  • Trigenics sounds similar to Rolfing. I would definitely see the treatment through. My pilates instructor does partial Rolfing on me, without this I wouldn’t be able to move. The muscles under my shoulder blades often freeze. Since I can’t go every day to be unknotted I discovered lying on a tennis ball where the tender points are along my shoulder blade, or where ever they may present themselves, and slowly contracting the muscle and releasing has made the knots let go. Or while on the pressure point move my arm in a way that I can feel the ball massage that point, again very decisive slow movements. I carry a tennis ball around with me these days as it has been one of the most valuable assets to keep me free that I have happened upon.I went from being out of action for three days at a time just from lifting my arms up to put something away or hang the washing, to getting myself up and functional again within half an hour using the tennis ball.Rolfing is painful and weekly sessions are best for the average person (I go twice a week), but with my Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome I need daily attention usually; the tennis ball provides me with this and isn’t as painful, and I can go at my own pace.I have also noticed when my instructor has loosened my collar bone region it has a very positive affect on my shoulder blade area, after all, the body is intricately connected and if one part is in pain it can have a dramatic affect on other areas.All the best and I look forward to hearing of your progress.Agape, searchingsam
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 27, 2006
    • 10:09 PM
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  • I suffered from frozen shoulder on one side only - and it was no joke. Doctor sent me for this and for that treatment but to no avail. After the anti-inflammatories burned my stomach and made me feel as though I would die from the 'cure', he suggested cortisone shots. At my wits end (I really did not want the shots) I consulted a Chiropractor. I must say, that up to this point, I considered chiropractic adjustments as hogwash, and frankly, getting my spine 'cricked' scared me. Well, these problems are cervical, I found out. My treatments were intense - about twice per week for about six weeks and then tapered off to once per week and so on, but I did notice improvement - and within six months without drugs etc, I could move my arms up and down, sleep undisturbed at night, fasten my bra and carry my purse. My Doctor was amazed at the improvement "You had a really bad arm, those anti-inflammatories sure worked!" he congratulated himself . Incidentally, the chiropractic adjustments were not scarey and did not hurt, and my Doctor has since altered his opinions about Chiropractic, too. I hope this gives you some hope, Good Luck!
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