14 March 2022
50 Shoulder Acupuncture Treatment
Frozen shoulder is also known as shoulder capsulitis, and many people choose the method of frozen shoulder acupuncture to relieve it. It is a disease characterized by insidious onset. The range of motion decreases slowly and gradually over time without intervention. Pain and stiffness of the shoulder joint are the main manifestations of the disease. Scar tissue can form and the fluid that lubricates the joint is affected, reducing the shoulder's range of motion.
This type of slow onset can lead to severe immobilization if left untreated. This of course can cause serious complications in the patient's activities of daily living. It is unclear why some patients develop frozen shoulder, but any condition that affects the use of the shoulder joint will eventually develop frozen shoulder (ie, injury to the joint or the muscles around the joint, recovery from surgery, recovery from a stroke, etc.). NSAIDs or stronger pain relievers are often used to help temporarily treat pain. Physical therapy is another common prescription that attempts to increase joint mobility.
What can acupuncture do?
Increase blood flow to shoulder muscles and tendons
Pain relief by stimulating our body's own "painkillers" such as endogenous opioids such as endorphins and enkephalins
Breaks down scar tissue by stimulating the immune system
All of these outcomes of acupuncture stimulation work together to help reduce the overall recovery time after an episode or prevent it from happening together. To optimize results, it is important to start acupuncture treatment as soon as pain or reduced range of motion begins to occur. The further the disease progresses, the longer it will take to fully recover.
Additional Treatment: Cupping Therapy for Frozen Shoulder
Cupping is a therapy that has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years. Place the cup over the skin and pull the tissue into the cup. This process has many benefits:
Stimulates the body's immune system to clean up damaged tissue
Create new blood flow to the area to optimize healing
Breaks micro-adhesion within fascia and muscle fibers to re-establish normal range of motion