Treating Frozen Shoulder with Acupuncture
Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a dull and achy pain that makes your shoulder stiff. It is caused by scar tissue and inflammation that builds up and becomes hard, restricting shoulder movements. It is termed one of the worst pains and is more likely to happen in women between 40-60 years of age than men. About 20% of the population suffering from frozen shoulder is more likely to develop it in the other shoulder. People suffering from additional conditions such as cardiovascular problems, diabetes, and thyroid diseases are more likely to develop frozen shoulder. The condition can hamper even your simple activities like lifting your arm, getting dressed, driving, or sleeping.
If the condition is left untreated, it can take several years to recover. If you have tried several treatment methods such as physical therapy but still found no relief in pain, acupuncture may help you. Modern-day acupuncture has become popular and can be used to treat various conditions. However, the origin goes back to the ancient Chinese medicine-based approach in which fine needles are inserted into the skin at specific points throughout the body. Our body channels or 12 significant meridians (pathways) carry vital energy or “qi” (pronounced chee). Qi must flow freely to keep the body in a good state of health. Acupuncture has shown promising results in the treatment of the frozen shoulder. Acupuncture can stimulate points directly related to the shoulder and help reduce joint inflammation and maximize shoulder movement.
Benefits of Acupuncture for Shoulder Pain
If you are suffering from frozen shoulder, acupuncture can help provide the following benefits:
Reduce Inflammation - Acupuncture is shown to reduce shoulder inflammation, which reduces the symptoms caused by frozen shoulder. It can help maximize shoulder mobility and rotation.
Shoulder Nerve Stimulation- Acupuncture can stimulate points that can help release endorphins in the brain, natural pain killers. The process can help effectively manage pain relief.
Reduce Muscle Stiffness – It promotes microcirculation within the shoulder, and as it improves, patients can regain movement.
If you want to learn how acupuncture can help with your frozen shoulder, you may contact Way Of Wellness at (408) 615-1995 to schedule an appointment today.
We will thoroughly assess your medical history, condition, and symptoms. Then we will examine your shoulder pain to develop a strategy with acupuncture. The goal is to reduce the pain and stiffness while regaining mobility in your shoulder.