Today we will finish our look at the stages of frozen shoulder with the third or Thawing Stages of Frozen Shoulder. As the name suggests, it is during this stage that you will start to get your range of motion back. This stage can actually last between 4 months and 2 years! Read more →
The second stage of frozen shoulder is called the Frozen Stage. This is the stage where the shoulder is actually frozen. You have reached this stage of frozen shoulder is you cannot move your shoulder. The pseudo good news about this stage is that the pain you were suffering during the last stage has mainly gone away; but the stiffness is worse. Read more →
Frozen shoulder is a dilating condition that generally progresses through three different stages. The Freezing Stage, The Frozen Stage, and The Thawing Stage. In the video above I discuss the Freezing Stage of frozen shoulder. The freezing stage can last up to 9 months. Read more →
What are the proper steps to treating frozen shoulder? There are 2
2. Use a Comprehensive Frozen Shoulder Program
You want to find a program that includes: Strengthening, Stretching, Range of Motion work, and Soft Tissue work to eliminate adhesions and knots which are restricting your movement.
A solid frozen shoulder treatment plan will not only get rid of your frozen shoulder but keep it from coming back. Frozen shoulder does come back. I just had an email exchange with a new client and it was the 3 time that she had frozen shoulder (in the same shoulder everytime).
When I started asking her questions about the program that she had used prior to becoming one of my clients I discovered that she had never done any soft tissue work for her shoulder and had only done a little bit of strengthening. Her program mostly consisted of stretching. If you’re a regular reader of my blog then you know that stretching is not enough to get rid of frozen shoulder.
Most people don’t know a lot about the soft tissue part of treatment. Go here to see my 90 seconds to frozen shoulder pain relief where I show you exactly how to put soft tissue work to work for you.
The actual cause of frozen shoulder it not fully known. This is probably because people get frozen shoulder for so many different reasons. But by and far the number one way that I have seen people get frozen shoulder is when they stop moving shoulder for an extended peroid of time.
Common reasons for doing this are because your should is in a sling, perhaps you have injured your shoulder, or you might be recovering from surgery. When you stop moving your shoulder joint, things called adhesions form and prevent your from moving your shoulder through a normal range of motion. So it is sort of a self fulfilling prophecy. Stop moving your shoulder and adhesions form so that you can’t move your shoulder.
Watch the video below to learn more and hear my entire answer.