What is frozen shoulder?
Frozen shoulder is the common name for adhesive capsulitis, which is a shoulder condition that limits your range of motion. When the tissues in your shoulder joint become thicker and tighter, scar tissue develops over time. As a result, your shoulder joint doesn’t have enough space to rotate properly. Common symptoms include swelling, pain, and stiffness in the rotator cuff especially the muscle supraspinatus (apart of the rotator cuff).
A client I have been treating for a month with frozen shoulder in his left shoulder, with poor range of motion in shoulder movements, said to me yesterday “I can actually move my shoulder now”. I was humbled by his words, as what I did in my treatment and advice, given to improve everyday bad habits such as sleeping on your back really made a difference.
Sleeping on your back helps keep everything muscular and structurally (scapulas) neutral.
Repetitive movements, doing simple everyday movements can aggravate the shoulder joint and tighten the rotator cuff muscle group.
Disuse of the shoulders or the rotator cuff muscle group not firing as a group correctly can cause muscular imbalances.
Poor posture, rounded shoulders putting pressure on the shoulder joint.