11May

Frozen Shoulder Issues?

Here's How Acupuncture Can Help

Frozen Shoulder Issues?

Acupuncture points are located along meridians that run throught the body.  These pathways of energy can get jammed due to various reasons, such as illness, stress or trauma.   What that means is there is no free flow of blood and energy that assists our body with movement, healing and over all well-being. 

Keeping all that in mind, what happens when we suffer from frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is also known as adhesive capsulitis, which is pain that restricts the shoulder's range of motion.  Along the subscapularis muscle which is one of the the four muscles that comprise the rotator cuff and attach to the inner surface of the scapula and to the front of the humerus bone.  In these areas there are sensitive nodules (trigger points) in the musculature that cause referred pain in the subscapularis muscle.  When you are overextending your arm with something like swimming, throwing, carrying, rowing or any other movement, even sleeping on your side, these trigger points get activated and make the pain and immobility worse.

How can Acupuncture therapy help?

 Needling these trigger points can effectively and literally wipe out frozen shoulder for good as well as needing away from the actual pain site and choosing acupoints along other acupuncture meridians.  Points that are  located in the armpit and around the scapula can help and inaddition, there are acupoints that are located on the legs that can assist with frozen shoulder.  Having regular Five Element Acupuncture therapy can help with improving blood flow and movement to help heal connective tissue and reduce inflammation.   

 Chinese medicine and Five Element Acupuncture has been around for almost 5000 years, and in this system of medicine, the body, its symptoms and systems are a function of the mind and spirit.   If you are suffering with shoulder pain and limited movement, the mind and body connection is always a part of our illnesses and symptoms.  Five Element Acupuncture goes to the root cause and in turn understanding not only the symptoms that are occurring, but taking into consideration what might be happeing in the mind, and everyday life experiences. Considering Classical Five Element Acupuncture as a therapy for shoulder problems may make the weight of the world seem a little lighter.