As we've been looking at how the Backrub can help in the bodies natural healing process, today's post will concentrate on Adhesive Capsulitis or, more commonly known as, Frozen Shoulder.
There are a few factors that may contribute to Frozen shoulder, including surgery, diabetes, cervical disk disease or a shoulder injury. It happens when the ligaments surrounding your shoulder joint become inflamed and stiffen. It causes pain and stiffness and a difficulty to rotate your shoulder.
Stretching - Try watching this video for a guide on quick stretches you can try daily and learning your own limitations if you have frozen shoulder. There are also periodic classes at The Backrub on AIS (Active Isolated Stretching) for a more one-on-one experience. Have a look at our blog post from a few months back for more information.
Essential Oils - we've talked a lot about the power of essential oils and Frozen Shoulder is not exempt. Have a look at this recipe from Natural Mom's Blog for a recipe for Frozen Shoulder. If you'd like a more personal recipe, try contacting our resident EO expert, Nikki Wells, here at the Backrub.
Applying Heat - many people swear by a heat pack as an effective quick relief. Try to take a hot bath; applying heat and then a cold pack also may work. The key is listening to what your body needs.
Massage - not only will a visit to The Backrub give prompt alleviation, it will promote oxygen flow in the blood and relax the muscles. Both shiatsu and massage therapy are offered here at The Backrub and both have benefits toward thawing frozen shoulder. Give us a call at 651-698-3338 to talk to a practitioner to find what would be right for you.
Diet - last but not least, checking your diet will have numerous perks to your whole body. While there is no dietary plan for frozen shoulder, you should be concentrating on anti-inflammatory foods (fruits, vegetables and nuts) and avoiding trans and saturated fats.
The thing to stress most about Frozen Shoulder is that it will not be healed naturally in a day, or even a week. Frozen Shoulder takes time and dedication to healing, through stretches, body work and other remedies to discuss with your practitioner. We're here to help ease that process and by following a these few helpful tips, you could be on the way to a natural thaw.
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