Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It tends to develop gradually in stages. Frozen shoulder can make it difficult to lift objects and perform everyday activities—sometimes it even impacts your ability to work, especially if you have a physically demanding job. The pain can make it difficult or impossible to move your shoulder. You may also experience worsening shoulder pain at night that makes it difficult to sleep.

The good news is that there are treatments available to help reduce the pain and dysfunction with these issues. Dr. Chalmers has developed a treatment that can significantly improve the problems associated with frozen shoulder.

Shoulder issues like this tend to develop in three stages—each with its own distinct symptoms and general timeline—as follows:

Frozen Shoulder Treatments

Frozen shoulder is treated with a special technique called neurologic reflexive inhibition which was developed by Dr. Chalmers. This technique address the most common cause of frozen shoulder which is muscular dysfunction in the shoulder that leads to instability, dysfunction and pain. The frozen shoulder process normally comes on gradually over time so the changes in the muscles are not noticed. The treatment process normally takes 3-5 weeks and has been very successful at resetting the muscles and freeing up the joint. Most people feel a change after the first week of care.

Frozen Shoulder Causes

It’s not clear what causes frozen shoulder, but some people are at greater risk of developing it. Women are more prone to developing frozen shoulder than men. Those between the ages of 40 and 60 (both women and men) are also more likely to develop it.

People with certain medical conditions, including diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, and Parkinson’s disease are also at increased risk, as are those who are recovering from certain types of surgery (such as a mastectomy).

“Freezing” Stage

  • Pain (sometimes severe) develops whenever you try to move your shoulder
  • The pain tends to get worse over time
  • The pain and stiffness limit your range of motion
  • Typically lasts for 6 to 9 months
  • “Thawing” Stage

  • Pain and stiffness improve
  • Range of motion starts to return to normal
  • Can take anywhere from 6 months to 2 years to return to normal
  • NRI (Neurologic Reflexive Inhibition) is an alternative to more invasive standard treatments and often provides complete relief of symptoms. And, this therapy has been shown in studies to improve frozen shoulder symptoms.

  • The experts at Chalmers Wellness will begin moving your shoulder through its full range of motion and then evaluate what you can do on your own (without assistance). This will give the doctor a better understanding of exactly where the problem is.
  • The doctor will then apply manual pressure to the joints near your shoulder to help restore mobility. Over time and with repeated sessions (as needed), your specialist can help you move into the “thawing out” stage, and you’ll notice an improvement in your range of motion.