A frozen shoulder can be the most painful condition that can make your shoulders challenging to move. This is a condition that occurs when the range of motion in your shoulder joint is limited, and it almost feels that the shoulder is in a frozen state. The condition is so extreme that patients are unable to move their shoulders. There are many causes of this pain. It can be trauma, repetitive motion or disuse. If a person is injured or in pain and stops using their shoulder, they will become stiff. Chronic health conditions like diabetes or heart stroke can be the cause of not moving the shoulders. This happens when the scar tissue develops in the shoulder capsule that freezes it in place. The risk factors can occur in people between the ages of 40 and 70. But usually occurs in:
- Injury: Broken arms, strokes, Rotator cuff injuries or recovery after surgery on the arm, hand, or shoulder.
- Diseases: Diabetes, hyperthyroidism, cardiovascular disease, Parkinson’s disease, and tuberculosis.
If you think you have pain in your shoulders, then you should consult a doctor.
How the massage technique can help
Massage therapy can improve the pain associated with frozen shoulder syndrome. It increases the blood flow to the area and gives a relaxed feeling to the muscles, and the inflammation improves. This reduces swelling and tenderness, not just in the shoulder but also in the surrounding area. The massage breaks down scar tissues associated with freezing shoulders. Note: Consult a doctor before adding any of these massages to your routine.
Massage techniques for a frozen shoulder massage
Foam roller massage
This is a massage that you can do yourself. It is not very expensive and time-consuming. For this reason, many people prefer frozen shoulder massage at home. Place the foam roller underneath the armpit of your affected arm and lean on a table. Extend your arms and stretch it, gently roll back and forth to loosen the muscles in your shoulders. You can also massage your shoulder muscles by slowly moving your arm and gently stretch the shoulder muscles, as well as the surrounding area. You can use electric massage tools that come in different shapes and sizes and usually operate with pulsating or vibrating movements.
Deep Tissue Massage
This is a common technique used to treat frozen shoulders. The massage therapist applies pressure to the muscles to break down the scar tissues or adhesions, which may cause shoulder pain. There is a Japanese form of deep-tissue massage, which is known as Shiatsu. This massage therapy involves deep pressure on certain regions of the body. This technique should not be done in case of acute shoulder pain, swelling or inflammation as it can worsen the condition
This is a beneficial technique in treating the frozen shoulders. The heat can be applied to the affected area either before or after the massage treatment. It can also be done for trigger point massage. This helps in relaxing the muscles and decreases pain around the shoulders. A mild heat can be applied multiple times in a day using pads, which should be heated an hour before applying.
Trigger Point Therapy
In this technique, the pressure is applied to specifically targeted points within the muscles that can help to relieve muscle pain. It also helps in reducing the muscle spasms.
This therapy is another useful technique. It is done by giving long strokes and gentle kneading that can alleviate the tension within the surface muscle tissues. It also helps in relaxing and reducing stress in the muscles
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