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Osteopathy for Frozen Shoulder

A loss of range of motion of the shoulder can be a big ordeal for many of us, especially when it affects the side of our dominant hand. We begin to struggle with the simplest of tasks and hope the pain will subside in a few days. And when it doesn't we turn to 'Dr Google' to reach a diagnosis of our shoulder pain.

In clinic we see a lot of self diagnosed frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) and often the shoulder isn't in the freezing, frozen or thawing stage, at all. The shoulder has reduced mobility instead due to the structures of the shoulder guarding the injury as a protective mechanism to avoid further damage.

So how do I know if I have a 'TRUE' Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder is a progressive condition of gradual worsening, beginning in the freezing phase where movement of the shoulder causes pain and slowly this mobility becomes limited. During the frozen stage you will often notice less pain however stiffness of the shoulder joint worsens and movement becomes very difficult. Once in the thawing phase movement gradually returns.

Key symptoms

  • Stiffness and pain

  • Reduced mobility/ immobility

And when can Osteopathy be the most effective?

Osteopathy can be used to diagnose shoulder pain and with the use of examination including special tests for provocation of shoulder structures, gain a better understanding of the anatomical structures causing your symptoms.

As part of your treatment plan your Osteopath will provide hands on manual therapy to improve the comfort and mobility of your shoulder during the course of this condition, with the end goal of optimising the likelihood of regaining full range of motion and preventing any compensatory injuries during this time.

If you'd like to learn more about how we can help you and your shoulder pain get in touch on 07733201225 or email us at

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