Frozen Shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a generic medical term in which the shoulder capsule becomes irritated, inflamed, stiff and or fibrotic leading to pain, stiffness and a reduced range of motion of the shoulder joint.
The shoulder or joint capsule is made up of connective tissue that surrounds the gleno-humeral joint. Severe restriction of movement and pain are the most common findings and even small minor tasks of the shoulder joint can become impeded. Frozen shoulder must be addressed in a timely manner with a proper rehabilitation program including an active role from the patient with at home instruction and exercise. Manual therapy including Chiropactic, Active Release Technique, Functional Range Release, Graston, Kinesiotape and Acupunture has been shown to be effective in the treatment of frozen shoulder.