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Anatomy of Frozen Shoulder
A ligament is a soft tissue structure made up of connective tissue. Ligaments attach bones to bones.
The shoulder joint capsule is a loose bag of tissue that completely surrounds the shoulder joint. This joint capsule is made up of ligaments that form a water tight bag. Inside the bag is a small amount of joint fluid that lubricates the joint surfaces. The joint capsule bag has a considerable amount of slack, loose tissue that allows for unrestricted shoulder movement.
Causes of Frozen Shoulder
Frozen shoulder can be caused by many situations, including shoulder injury, cumulative trauma , diabetes, thyroid problems, and heart or lung conditions.
One theory is that the condition may be due to an autoimmune reaction in which the body's defense system (which normally protects the body from infection) mistakenly begins to attack parts of the body. The immune system thinks that the tissue it is attacking is foreign material. This causes an intense inflammatory reaction in the tissue that is under attack, and causes the shoulder to "freeze up".
Active Release Technique® (ART®) has been shown to be very effective in the treatment of Frozen Shoulder. Rather than just addressing just one area, ART® restores unimpeded motion and function to all soft tissues in the shoulder's kinetic chain.
The Active Release Techniques® (ART®) Soft-Tissue Management System is a new and highly successful approach to injuries of muscles, tendons, fascia, nerves, and the surrounding soft tissues.
The ART® Soft-Tissue Management System provides a way to diagnose and treat the underlying etiology of Cumulative Trauma Disorder that causes symptoms of numbness, tingling, burning, and aching. Trained providers are able to diagnose the presence of abnormal inflammation and adhesion by examining tissue texture, tension, and movement.
The ART® Soft-Tissue Management System has a success rate that surpasses 90%.
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The Goal of Active Release Technique
The goal of ART® is to restore optimal texture and motion, restore the function of the soft tissue and release any entrapped nerves or blood vessels. This is accomplished through the removal of adhesions, or fibrosis, in the soft tissues via the application of specific protocols. Adhesions can occur as a result of acute injury, repetitive motion, and constant pressure or tension. ART®eliminates the pain and dysfunction associated with these adhesions.
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