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What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder results from the shrinking, and subsequent scarring of a previously normal joint. Frozen Shoulder results in:

  • Significant loss of movement and shoulder pain.
  • Pain that can last from weeks to many months.
  • Loss of movement that can last months to years.

Fortunately, you can take steps to control the pain and regain full range of motion.

Read Dr. Abelson's Blog on Frozen Shoulder

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".

How can ART resolve Frozen Shoulder?

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%.

See the following topics for more information about ART:

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.

Where can I find more information about ART and Frozen Shoulder?

We have recently published the first book about Active Release Techniques, written specifically for the general public.

Release Your Pain - Resolving Repetitive Strain Injuries with Active Release Technique s® (ART®) is an informative, easy-to-read book, that helps you to understand the true cause of repetitive strain injuries.

Did you know that many common therapies (such as medication, physiotherapy, chiropractic treatment, massage, electrical muscle stimulation, rest, exercise, and surgery) have all failed to effectively resolve repetitive strain injuries such as Frozen Shoulder. RSI sufferers are rarely able to find effective or complete treatment with these traditional treatments! Read Release Your Pain now to understand why these treatments often fail to solve your problem, and learn how ART can help to resolve Frozen Shoulder, often within just 6 to 8 treatments.

Understand the true cause of your frozen shoulder, learn how it can be resolved, then use the specially designed exercises included in this book to prevent its reoccurrence.

Read our new book, Release Your Pain , to see how Active Release Techniques can help you with your injuries.

Download an information brochure for Frozen Shoulder!

We provide a series of informative brochures about various conditions that we treat at our clinic. Download any of the following information, and read it at your leisure:

Frozen Shoulder Using ART to increase range of motion and eliminate frozen shoulder.
Repetitive Strain Injuries How repetitive strain injuries occur, and what ART can do help resolve these injuries. ART has been proven to be 90% effective in the resolution of conditions such as Carpel Tunnel Syndrome....WITHOUT surgery!
Swimmers Shoulder The cause of swimmers shoulder, and how ART can quickly resolve long-standing problems, and increase swimming performance.
Improve Your Golf Swing with Active Release Technique How you can increase performance in Golf by ensuring proper body mechanics are in effect. ART can remove the adhesions that restrict body motions, and provide up to 20% increase in your golf swing.

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