Adhesive capsulitis is the name for this condition of the shoulder which appears as pain, stiffness and reduced range of motion. While this condition can affect anyone, it is more common in woman, aged 40-70 and can be triggered by a surgery or injury near the shoulder. There are three stages to frozen shoulder: 1) freezing – which is extremely painful and range of motion starts to get limited; 2) frozen – pain begins to decrease but shoulder stiffness increases and range of motion decreases further; 3) thawing – range of motion returns and in some cases, pain may return. To move through the three stages of frozen shoulder can take from 9 months to 5 years. Massage therapy can help with adhesive capsulitis by decreasing muscle tension around the joint and working with the client to help maintain as much range of motion as possible.
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