Why Chiropractic Care is Helpful for Frozen Shoulder
By Donna Stark
One of the worst and most maddening things in life is when we start feeling significant pain in our body and don't have a clue as to where it came from. Typically when that happens, we give it a day or two to work itself out, but as we all know, that day or two usually turns into weeks, and that allows the pain to progress and get worse with every passing day. Finally, by around month three or so, we give in and agree to see a doctor, and it's there that we learn about something we have never heard before. "Frozen what?" we say to the doctor.
What Exactly is Frozen Shoulder?
If you have increasing pain in your shoulder, without a specific cause or injury, and you're beginning to lose range of motion, you should see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic as soon as you can. Frozen shoulder typically begins as inflamed connective tissue, and as the tissue thickens and tightens, the shoulder gradually loses mobility. What comes after that is anything but fun, as the shoulder can become "stuck" for months on end. This can make your daily activities intensely painful and honestly, nobody likes to cry tears of pain simply because they are brushing their teeth or putting their shirt on. So what can you do to reduce your risk of having this issue? Or if you do have it, what are the next steps?
Chiropractic Care and Frozen Shoulder
We don't know why frozen shoulder happens to some people and not others, and the symptoms seem to appear out of nowhere, which is why you should see your local chiropractor as soon as you start noticing pain or reduced range of motion in that area of the body. And although frozen shoulder can resolve on its own, that process can take years, so it is important to get help right away. Chiropractic care can help by:
- Encouraging proper spinal position and increasing its motion
- Restoring optimal function to the nervous system
- Addressing and increasing the shoulder's range of motion
- Advising the patient on self-care, at-home exercises, and the healing process
Reducing Your Risk in the First Place
The best way to prevent this debilitating condition is to keep your shoulders moving, with stretches and exercises that take advantage of their full range of motion. The key idea here is that you want to preserve as much range of motion as you can, so be intentional when working out.
Don't let frozen should limit your life. Come on in to The Joint Chiropractic for some relief and much-needed help today! With more than 450 locations nationwide, extended hours, and no appointment or referral needed, melting that pain away is easier than you think!
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Huntingdon Valley, Pa.