McKeithan Pain Treatment Center
Winston-Salem, North Carolina
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Effective Alternative Therapies

Frozen Shoulder

Alan Larson went from being an active tennis player who also loved carrying his young son on his back, to a position of painful restricted should movement, where he could no longer play tennis, or lift his son. After several sessions, "... there was a steady, incremental increase in my ability to do things. I remember being able to pick up Griffin for the first time in months during this period. It was wonderful! McKeithan said he thought I could get back on the tennis court now, but that I should start slowly. Sometime in June -- I think that was the seventeenth session -- Iíd played several sets of tennis in that one week, and actually won several!"

From PubMed, a governmental website open to the public : "Adhesive capsulitis, also termed "frozen shoulder," is controversial by definition and diagnostic criteria that are not sufficiently understood.

          ---Department of Orthopedic Rehabilitation, Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel.

The term "frozen shoulder" is most usually given to a condition wherein the patient is unable to move an arm though a full range of motion in one or more directions without severe pain.   Everyday activities such as fastening clothing in the back, passing objects from in front to behind, reaching down items from a shelf above are excruciatingly painful, or just not possible.

The physical condition is said to be one of adhesion of fascia in the area of the rotator cuff, fascia being the tissue that infuses and surrounds muscle fibers.  In other words, muscle segments become literally stuck together, so that an attempt at movement is powerfully resisted, thus brings pain.  We have found that not only adhesion but the state of fascia is vital, and must be addressed (see About Bowen Therapy for in-depth discussion).  Beyond that, there is a set of overlaid patterns of movement that resides in the system (brain, nerves, fascial network, muscle fibers) that must be addressed also.

The usual medical treatments are one of the following:

  1.  A team of medical personnel hold the patient's trunk stable while violently yanking the arm, thus separating the muscles from their adhesion.  There is approximately one year of recovery, including physical therapy.
  2. Surgery, which separates the fascial tissue by scalpel and other instruments.  Recovery time and procedure are similar to the above.

We address frozen shoulder with several of the tools at our disposal, in the process of peeling multiple layers of mis-direction of active tissue movements away to restore proper sequencing.¬† Most of these processes are described elsewhere in the website (see Muscle Memory Release, Reiki & Huna)with the exception perhaps of Ortho-Bionomy©, which might be described as moving the body in a specific direction, observing/feeling/assessing the result, then moving the body part¬†in the direction it wants to go.

This treatment can be lengthy, but it works. We have, for example two clients who are middle-aged adult men who came to us for help.  One wanted to get back to throwing a football around with his wife (yes, that's what they like to do), another who was really eager to return to playing tennis, an activity he sorely missed.  Both are indeed doing what they came to us wanting to do.  The latter's story is currently on the site (click on link above)   We'll add the other as time permits.



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