Could it be possible to “cure” a frozen shoulder in 90 seconds? Impossible, right? Well before we get into that, it is important to understand that most people that have suffered from frozen shoulder, have had to go through months and even years of therapy to get rid of just some of their symptoms…with many still never really get rid of the problem.
Not all frozen shoulders are created equal. With that said, many times a simple “tweak” here and there in the way of activating a muscle group, or doing some simple soft-tissue work can indeed “cure” the frozen shoulder. Other times it takes a little more work.
How I Cured a Frozen Shoulder in 90 seconds
Years ago, one of my clients named Dawn came to train with me one day because here regular trainer could not make the session. I started the session, as Dawn warmed up, with the usual questions that I ask any new client.
“How are you feeling?” “Is there anything physical I need to be aware of before we get started?”
Dawn stopped me there and told me about her “frozen shoulder” problem. Dawn proceeded to tell me that she could not do anything above 90 degrees with her right arm, and she listed all of the exercises that are off limits. I asked Dawn a few questions about her injury, the diagnosis and how long she had been suffering from this “frozen shoulder.”
Dawn told me that it had been 10 years since she was diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder. I was shocked. Not only was I shocked that it had been 10 years, but more so, that she was not able to ever find anything to make it better…in essence, get rid of it completely. After many years of traditional physical therapy, she just gave up.
After a few more pointed questions, I started to get a bit suspicious of whether Dawn’s frozen shoulder was truly frozen and whether it could be fixed.
I asked Dawn if she would mind me trying a few things on her shoulder, and that it would take less than 2 minutes. She agreed, but warned me that she had been through years of PT and to countless doctors and nothing ever helped her shoulder. She told me with a slight grin, that if I wanted to try, why not. Couldn’t hurt, right?
After about a minute of doing various soft-tissue work on and around her shoulder area, Dawn asked what I was doing. I simply told her to trust me, and I was almost finished. I took about 30 seconds instructing Dawn to perform a few basic exercises to her right shoulder.
90 seconds later, I was finished. I asked Dawn to lift her arm up over her head. Dawn looked at me as if I was crazy. It had been 10 years, living in this limiting world of no motion and pain. There was no way in Dawn’s mind that she would be able to do this. After all, she would have to live the rest of her life with this pain and “frozen shoulder.”
After some pleading with her to just trust me, she finally started to lift her arm. As she approached the normal range of motion that she has had I noticed a strange look on her face. She seemed surprised at first with the noticeable lack of pain. However, she was still unconvinced as she continued to the 90-degree range.
Finally, Dawn reached 90 degrees, and with a big breath, she continued on her way. I was fixated on her arm as it reached high in the air and finally stopped, while pointing directly above her head. She did it. As I watched her hand, my eyes finally returned to her face where I saw tears streaming down her cheeks and the biggest smile ever!
After 10 years of having a “Frozen Shoulder,” Dawn could move her arm above her head, with no pain, no limits. It was amazing for her. She hugged me and asked me how in the world did I do that? “you are the miracle man!” She said.
“No miracles” I said. “Just a good understanding of anatomy, proper function, and a little bit of non-traditional therapy.” Dawn told me that she really didn’t care too much about that, but that after 10 years of doctors and PT’s telling her that she would probably never move her shoulder past 90 degrees without surgery, I was truly her “miracle man!” She thanked me and we had an awesome session that day.
Her life changed in 90 seconds.