A frozen shoulder is essentially any form of shoulder pain that limits the range of motion in the shoulder.
While doctors may prescribe any number of treatments for the condition, some of the most effective options are actually natural. If you have tightness or stiffness in your shoulder that’s keeping you from “moving and grooving” the way you want, read on for some natural remedies from Earth Clinic readers.
What Causes a Frozen Shoulder?
Also known as adhesive capsulitis, frozen shoulder is most directly linked to trigger points in the subscapularis muscle. The condition occurs as the fibers in the capsule or group of connective tissue in the shoulder tightens around the joint and restricts movement. Contributing factors are identified as prolonged immobilization of the shoulder as well as excessive muscle use, such as that associated with swimming.
Natural Remedies for a Frozen Shoulder
As the issue is directly related to the condition of the subscapularis muscle, a number of natural methods can be applied to treat the condition. The major benefit to using natural means of treatment is that these options typically eliminate the condition permanently while other methods are temporary.
Acupuncture is largely considered the single most effective treatment option of any form for a frozen shoulder.
The treatment functions to eliminate the trigger points eradicating the condition immediately and permanently.
A number of supplements can be used to support treatment as well.
Alfalfa and turmeric are two of the most often reported nutritional treatments as they relieve inflammation and restore the tissue in the shoulder.
Stretching is another great way to treat frozen shoulder. You can use a number of different stretching methods, but one of the most effective is lying in bed close enough to the edge to allow the affected arm/shoulder to hang down. This position should be maintained for at least 10 minutes and repeated daily until the shoulder releases.
While frozen shoulder is often extremely painful, you don’t have to go to extreme measures to get relief.
Continue reading below for many more remedies from our readers on how to heal a frozen shoulder.