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Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Central city chiropractors use The Niel-Asher Technique™ is a 'natural' method of treatment that utilizes the body's own healing mechanisms. No drugs, no surgery.

The technique uses a specific and unique sequence of manipulations and pressure points to the shoulder joints and soft-tissues. In essence, these can be thought of as 'inputs' into the nervous system.

The technique has been in use since 1997 and has been adopted and approved by Doctors, Physiotherapists, Osteopaths, and Chiropractors in the UK, Europe, and the United States.

NAT works with the body, listening to the body's wisdom - not by forcing the arm into the restricted ranges but by applying gentle stimulation to muscles whilst they are resting.

There are 3 distinct phases to a frozen shoulder...

1. FREEZING PHASE or painful phase that lasts 2 to 9 months (sometimes even longer in diabetics). Patients get pain at rest, with activity and also pain at night. There is significant restriction of motion.

2. FROZEN PHASE this is the progressive stiffness phase that lasts 3 to 12 months. Pain occurs only at the extremes of movement but the shoulder remains stiff.

A frozen shoulder is a shoulder joint with significant loss of its range of motion in all directions. The range of motion is limited not only when the patient attempts motion, but also when the doctor attempts to move the joint fully while the patient relaxes. A frozen shoulder is also referred to as adhesive capsulitis.

3. THAWING PHASE this is the resolution phase where movements improve over a 12 to 24 month period. This phase is not typically painful.

What causes a frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is the result of inflammation, scarring, thickening, and shrinkage of the capsule that surrounds the normal shoulder joint. Any injury to the shoulder can lead to frozen shoulder, including, tendonitis, bursitis, and rotator cuff injury.
Frozen shoulders occur more frequently in patients with diabetes, chronic inflammatory arthritis, of the shoulder, or after chest or breast surgery. Long-term immobility of the shoulder joint can put people at risk to develop a frozen shoulder. For example have the arm in a sling after injuring a wrist

How is a frozen shoulder treated?

The key to treatment is to start mobilising the joint as soon as pain allows limiting any permeant scaring and loss of mobility. Cortisone injected into the frozen shoulder joint by your Gp may help improve the initial painful stage but commonly this does not work.
At Perth cbd chiropractic clinic (formally central city chiropractors) the chiropractor may use acupuncture needles to reduce the immediate pain, which they allows the patient to tolerate the shoulder mobilization techniques
Without aggressive treatment, a frozen shoulder can be permanently left with a reduced range of motion Physical therapy can take weeks to months for recovery, depending on the severity of the scarring of the tissues around the shoulder.

How Does NAT Differ from other Treatments?

Traditional approaches to the frozen shoulder either address the inflammation (steroid tablets, steroid injections and hydrodilatation) or the stiffness (physical therapy, exercise therapy and surgical manipulation).

NAT works differently. We keep the arm still whilst we apply a sequence of pressure points to specific tissues. The treatment can still be painful, especially in the early freezing phase, but it is no worse than the pain of the frozen shoulder .The results can be dramatic and fast and the method is 'totally natural'. We believe it should be the first line of treatment before injections and or surgery. For more information go to http://www.frozenshoulder.com/NAT


If you require any further information on Frozen Shoulder please do not hesitate to contact Perth cbd chiropractic clinic (formally central city chiropractors) 94868653 and speak to our chiropractors who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.