Frozen shoulder is a painful condition affecting movement in the shoulder joint. It affects about 5% of people at some stage in their life (usually middle age) and can last for up to 30 months without treatment!
There are many other conditions affecting the shoulder which are often misdiagnosed as ‘frozen shoulder syndrome’ – so if you are suffering from pain and/or stiffness in your shoulder it is important to get the correct diagnosis. To keep things simple, frozen shoulder can be defined as a 50% reduction in active and passive movement in any direction. Basically, you can’t move your shoulder and neither can anyone else.
Here’s a short video on the basics of frozen shoulder:
Frozen shoulder often takes a long time to resolve, even with treatment. Obviously this is frustrating for both patient and therapist. So I am very pleased and excited to offer different and effective approach to frozen shoulder treatment – the Niel-Asher Technique (NAT).
Developed by Osteopath Simeon Niel-Asher in the late 1990s, NAT works on the muscles around the affected shoulder to release tension, trigger points and reduce inflammation. It is a little uncomfortable but certainly no worse than the pain of frozen shoulder. Several studies and lots of anecdotal evidence show promising results – with many cases resolved after only 6-10 sessions.
I’ve completed the access course to use NAT meaning I am able to offer this therapy at both of my clinics. I’m very pleased with the results of the treatment so far. If you’re suffering with frozen shoulder, give me a call!
IF you have shoulder pain or stiffness and aren’t sure what it is, try this online test from frozenshoulder.com - but make sure you get this confirmed by a qualified professional.