What is Frozen shoulder? It’s a condition that is caused when the tissue in your shoulder joint gradually becomes thick and tight, causing pain and stiffness, and sometimes swelling. The pain can cause the person with frozen shoulder to stop moving it, which can lead to increased stiffness.
What causes it? It’s not exactly clear, but some people may be more at risk. Those who are prone to inflammation because of hormone imbalances, diabetes or a weak immune system may be more likely to develop it. Inactivity due to injury or surgery may also cause someone to get frozen shoulder.
It’s also more common in women, and in those over 40 years old.
How can you reduce your chances of developing frozen shoulder?
Stretch. Hold a towel in your right hand, and hold it behind your head (as if you’re holding a back scratcher), and with your left hand reach behind your lower back (as if you’re going to unhook your bra) and hold the bottom of the towel.
Pull on the towel gently with your right hand until you feel your left shoulder stretching. Hold it for 30 seconds, and then pull down with your left hand so you feel your right shoulder stretching, and again hold for 30 seconds.
Hanging on a bar is a great way to strengthen your shoulders. Even just 5-10 seconds a day will help it improve. You can also strengthen your spine by placing a pillow on the ground or on your bed, and laying on top of it (on your back) so that your head is above it and your bum is underneath (so it’s lifting your back off the ground). Using 2 pillows is even better, and you should stay in this position for as long as possible to help improve your posture and add strength to your spine.
As discussed in a previous post, a great way to reduce/avoid inflammation is take care of our gut by making sure we get plenty of probiotics and probiotics, which we can get through food and/or supplements.
The treatment for frozen shoulder will be administered by your Physiotherapist (Mr Hallett is our resident Physio here at The Comfoot Zone). They will help you to regain movement, and will give you daily exercises to help. They may also advise you to take anti-inflammatory medicine to help you get back to normal.