Frozen Shoulder

What is it?

Frozen shoulder (Adhesive Capsulitis) is a common condition that causes stiffness and pain with limited range of motion in the shoulder joints. It’s caused by abnormal thickening of the connective tissue around the joints, and can be brought on by previous injuries or specific trauma.


Frozen shoulder can be brought on by previous trauma or injury to the upper back. However, in some cases it occurs spontaneously, meaning the cause is unknown. Any chronic inflammation or muscular tightness which hasn’t been treated can also cause frozen shoulder.

Risk factors:

  • Previous injuries or trauma from mid thoracic to cervical
  • Immobilisation of the arm for long periods of time
  • Diabetic
  • Specific repetitive actions which cause repetitive strain injuries

Treatment options:

Massage techniques such as myofascial release and trigger point therapy target the deep connective tissue and muscles around the shoulder joint and back muscles.

Laser therapy is great for decreasing pain and inflammation to the surrounding joints and assisting with tissue repair. Frozen shoulder should resolve by itself over time, however it’s likely to recur.

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