Acupuncture for frozen shoulder
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A frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) is painful and restricting. It's chronic muscle tension and shoulder pain. Movement is limited which causes problems in washing and putting clothes on.
People with a frozen shoulder often complain of shoulder joint and restricted range of motion and arm movements.
A frozen shoulder can be caused by a prolonged period of stress, poor posture or exposure to the cold.
Often people with seek treatment from a physical therapist such as a physiotherapist for a frozen shoulder, who will give exercises to do. However, in a lot of cases, this won't be enough to relieve the frozen shoulder. Trying to move the arm can help relieve the muscle tension and pain. However, it is often too late to do this as it is too painful to move the arm.
The stimulation of acupuncture points around the rotator cuff and joint capsule can reduce pain and inflammation in the short term. It's best to have acupuncture treatment in the early stage as it's anti-inflammatory and use physical therapy afterwards.
Watch this animated video below which explains how acupuncture is an effective treatment for shoulder problems.
Clinical trials has shown that acupuncture is able to prevent bone loss in shoulder problems.
Keeping the area warm and applying heat to the shoulder can give temporary relief to the pain.
For long term relieve of frozen shoulder it's ideal to do shoulder exercises that loosen the shoulder, such as swimming or yoga.
Gao, L, et al. Clinical trial of treatment of frozen shoulder by intensive moxibustion plus acupuncture. Zhen Ci Yan Jiu. 2019 Apr 25;44(4):297-301. doi: 10.13702/j.1000-0607.170817.