Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain in the shoulder and stiffness of shoulder joints that causes difficulty in moving one’s arm or hand. This pain can be a nightmare, robbing you of sleep and regular physical activity. People between the ages of 40 to 60 are affected by it. Nearly 70 percent of the cases are found in women who suffer from a thyroid problem, diabetes, arthritis, recent breast surgery or fracture of the arm.
People usually avail the services of an experienced orthopedic doctor to treat frozen shoulder. This doctor may prescribe painkillers and shoulder exercises that would help alleviate the pain, but not necessarily beneficial for restoring normal functioning of the shoulder joints. However, this line of treatment may introduce unwanted side effects, such as liver function problems or stomach discomfort such as acid reflux.
Acupuncture has been found to be highly effective for pain relief in cases of frozen shoulder, while also improving shoulder function. Also known as Adhesive Capsulitis, the exact cause of frozen shoulder are still unknown. An injury or surgery to your arm or shoulder or diabetes may sometimes be attributed to development of frozen shoulder. Women with reduced estrogens tend to develop frozen shoulder because of weakened muscles. Boston acupuncturists have accumulated more than 20 years of experiences to treat this condition, we gave specific effective protocol to quickly reduce the pain and increase the motion of range. Our patients come from Wellesley, Dedham, Framingham, Newton, Acton, Andover, Arlington, Brookline, Burlington, Cambridge, Canton, Carlisle, Concord, Dover, Lincoln, Medfield, Milton, Natick, Needham, Norwood, Quincy, Sharon, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waltham, Watertown, Wayland, Westwood and Weston. It usually takes 10 to 12 acupuncture treatments to restore the function.
There are specific sensitive nodules in the subscapularis muscle that are trigger points. Boston acupuncturists will identify these trigger points, insert needles at the sites of actual pain, reducing inflammation. Coupling the right Chinese herbs and exercise can be highly beneficial. This will enable patients to say goodbye to pain, insomnia, and difficulty to move the arm associated with frozen shoulder.
Acupuncture for frozen shoulder being safe and effective in pain relief is an excellent alternative to using painkillers, cortisone shots, or getting surgery. These treatments are commonly prescribed but are effective for only a short time.
Boston acupuncturists prefer to combine the local points and remote points away from the sites of pain along the acupuncture meridians that cross the painful parts of the body. The large intestine and Triple Warmer meridian are preferred as it runs along the subscapularis trigger points. This relieves pain in the shoulder and upper back regions.
Acupuncture can also help patients with headaches; shoulder pain, back pain, and osteoarthritis. Boston Acupuncturist makes a comprehensive preliminary investigation, ask patients about their present health condition, any family history of the disease or such symptoms (if the cause of the disease may be related with hormone imbalance and digestive problems) and plan a specific acupuncture treatment plan for the complete resolution of the problem.
Besides acupuncture, patients can try some of the natural remedies that will help them get relief from the excruciating pain of Adhesive Capsulitis. These methods include mild muscular exercise, applying herbal Paste or using Chinese herbal tape. Besides these, patients can use heating pads or apply Camphor based topical pain relief oils. Massaging the painful area with coconut oil has also yielded results or using Moxa to improve the circulation.