A program of therapy for frozen shoulder consists of progressive stretching and rotational exercises to help loosen up the adhesions and strengthen the rotator cuff, cutting down otherwise endless recovery times, restoring full range of motion and quality of life.
The adhesions are what cause a Frozen Shoulder, blocking the arm movements, especially over head, by creating a physical barrier within the shoulder joint. The adhesions are thickened and scarred tissues of the capsule membrane surrounding the rotator cuff, hence the medical term Adhesive Capsulitis.
Normal treatments such as anti inflammatories, cortisone injections, hot packs, ultrasounds or manipulation are only partially effective or carry side effects, while only a professional program of therapy for frozen shoulder can recover the shoulder joint from pain and limited range of motion.
This is because progressive stretching and rotational exercises help the normally very long recovery times by dealing with the adhesions and the rotator cuff naturally, not artificially with drugs. The advantage is that a stronger rotator cuff will be keener to heal than a weak one riddled with medicines and the adhesions will be gently and progressively forced to give way to mobility and full range of motion.
Anti inflammatories are only temporarily effective, so they carry by their own nature a dependency issue, while hot packs and ultrasounds, while mildly effective and helpful, do nothing to cut down recovery times, requiring multiple applications and surgery appointments.
Manipulation is a drastic measure that can be avoided most times. The breaking of the adhesions by the surgeon under general anesthesia, followed by a rehabilitative program, can be very effective but it is not a light hearted decision to take. A progressive stretching and rotational movement program is very effective anyway, cutting down significantly on recovery times for a disorder that can last up to 3 years.
The frozen phase and the thawing phase of a Frozen Shoulder are especially long, lasting up to I year each to resolve naturally, during which time the sufferer has to contend with not being able to shampoo, steer the car wheel, wear or take off a shirt, reach for the coffee high in the cupboard and many other mundane tasks.
A therapy for frozen shoulder will get rid of all this restrictions in a fraction of the time it would normally take if left unassisted or worse, aided with just medicines. Indeed, it should be the foundation for the rehabilitation of a Frozen Shoulder, while other treatments should be complementary aids as part of a recovery strategy, not substitutes of a therapy program.