Chinese Medicine, frozen shoulder is
called "Fifties Shoulder"
because it often affects people over
that age, when their energy is declining
through a weakening of yang Qi. According
to Chinese Medicine theory water in
the body can congeal into dampness which
stagnates in the shoulder joint. Frozen
shoulder usually starts with inflammation
of the tendons in the joint, or inflammation
of the joint itself. There is a complex
network of muscles and bone at the shoulder,
because of the wide range of movements
which the arms constantly have to perform.
Movement becomes extremely painful in
a frozen shoulder, if not impossible,
but it is important to try to keep the
joint moving, otherwise the stiffness
and pain will worsen and can result
in permanent damage.
is the most effective treatment for
frozen shoulder. Massage is also used,
as is acupressure, and both can be effective.
Herbs can be prescribed, the best being
cinnamon twigs, which help the energy
to move to the hands and shoulder joints.
Turmeric is also good.