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It’s hard to move with this shoulder pain!

Updated: Mar 8, 2023

Shoulder Pain could be Frozen Shoulder

Shoulder pain is common and can have a major impact on your quality of life. Whether you injured your shoulder in a fall, playing sports or simply overdoing it at home or work, it is painful and can affect functional movement.

Massage therapy is effective in helping people to reduce their shoulder pain, especially immediately after treatment, though there is some evidence for long-term benefits as well.

Massage therapy is even more effective in helping reduce shoulder pain when combined with regular exercises, which can be recommended by an RMT.


When you reduce your pain, it improves the ability to regain movement, which promotes better sleep and reduces overall stress and anxiety.

Frozen Shoulder

Adhesive capsulitis, more often known as frozen shoulder, is characterized by stiffness, restricted range of motion, and pain in your shoulder joint. The body starts to form scar tissue in the injured area, which causes stiffness and joint pain.

Massage therapy and consistent stretches can significantly improve the pain that occurs with a frozen shoulder. Your muscles can relax, and inflammation will improve by increasing blood flow to the area. This can reduce swelling and tenderness, not just in the shoulder but also in the surrounding area.

The decrease in pain typically leads to an increased range of motion, and combining massage with exercise will improve the shoulder function so the patient will be less fearful and avoidant of movement.

When people are able to move their shoulders more easily, they also have more willingness to move their shoulders and have an improved overall quality of life.

Your Options

More and more people with shoulder pain and injury are consulting conservative treatments like massage therapy and exercise to both manage their pain and improve their shoulder function.

Brent Ellis, our RMT at Parkway Back & Foot Clinic, can assess your condition and design a treatment plan based on your needs and preferences to help you manage your shoulder pain. This may include other treatment modalities, such as Acupuncture.

The remarkable thing about acupuncture is that it is believed to help patients recover faster. Acupuncture therapy is known to revitalize the body and act as an immune booster, minimize stress levels and improve blood circulation in the body. It is also known to prevent particular ailments from becoming acute and severe.

In a study for Acupuncture for frozen shoulder, the acupuncture and exercise group experienced significantly greater improvement with treatment.

The first step is to contact us at Parkway Back and Foot Clinic and arrange for an assessment to determine your specific needs and treatment plan.


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