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Frozen Shoulder also called adhesive capsulitis is a common shoulder disorder that causes pain, stiffness and loss of normal range of motion in shoulder resulting in shoulder immobility.


Our shoulder joints are protected by smooth tissues and muscles surrounding joint. The shoulder capsules are made up of strong connective tissue to help our shoulder move more easily. In frozen shoulder, tissue of the shoulder capsule become thick, stiff and inflamed.  It is this condition that causes the pain in the shoulder accompanied with limited motion



During the early stage of the condition, sufferers will complain with the shoulder stiffness and pain around the shoulder joint worsen during the night. Sometimes, they will be having difficulty lifting their shoulders and reach out for things. This early stage is also known as freezing stage which normally last from 6 weeks – 9 months. 

During the 4th to 6th months, the painful symptoms may actually improve during this stage, however, stiffness will either remain or worsen affecting daily activities.  This is the stage we called Frozen stage.

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The last phase is known as Thawing stage. In which the range of motion of the shoulder slowly improves and return to normal or close to normal after 6 months to 2 years.

The clinical teams of One Spine Chiropractic and Physiotherapy Centre are the specialists you need for non-invasive and non-surgical recovery and repair of the damaged shoulder joint. With the combination of advanced therapeutic devices and team highly trained chiropractors and physiotherapists, our recovery rate for frozen shoulder is up to 95%.


There is no definite answer for what is causing frozen shoulder but an inflammatory process is involved in the shoulder joint.  Some of the reports stated that the actual cause is associated with autoimmune disorder. Others relate it to muscles, tendons, and inflamed bursae of the shoulder girdle.

The most common causes of frozen shoulder is injury or irritation to the attaching soft tissue such as ligaments, muscles, and tendons as well as bursae around the shoulder.   All these soft tissues surrounding the shoulder joints play their own role in shoulder stability and shoulder mobility. Any damages to each one of them will cause degenerative changes leading to inflammation which results in pain and stiffness.

As a leading chiropractic and physiotherapy clinic in Malaysia, our team of Chiropractors and Physiotherapists work closely together to treat our patients with frozen shoulder.  Each patient’s condition might be vary depending on the severity of their condition, we will normally diagnose the condition with physical examination and design the best individual treatment plan for them. The best thing is our treatments are all non-invasive and non-surgical approach. 

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Always warm up your shoulder before performing your exercises. The best way to do that is to take a warm shower or bath for 10 to 15 minutes. You can also use a moist heating pad or damp towel heated in the microwave, but it may not be as effective.

In performing the following exercises, stretch to the point of tension but not pain.

1. Pendulum Stretch

Perform this exercise first. Relax your shoulders.

Stand and lean over slightly, allowing your affected arm to hang down. Swing the arm in a small circle — about a foot in diameter.

Perform 10 revolutions in each direction, once a day.

As your symptoms improve, increase the diameter of your swing, but never force it. When you're ready for more, increase the stretch by holding a light weight (three to five pounds) in the swinging arm.

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2. Towel Stretch

Grasp a three-foot-long towel with both hands behind your back, and hold it in a horizontal position. Use your good arm to pull the affected arm upward to stretch it. You can also perform an advanced version of this exercise with the towel draped over your good shoulder. Grasp the bottom of the towel with the affected arm and pull it toward the lower back with the unaffected arm. Do this 10 to 20 times a day.

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3. Finger Walk

 Face a wall three-quarters of an arm's length away. Reach out and touch the wall at waist level with the fingertips of the affected arm. With your elbow slightly bent, slowly walk your fingers up the wall, spider-like, until you've raised your arm to shoulder level, or as far as you comfortably can. Your fingers should be doing the work, not your shoulder muscles. Slowly lower the arm (with the help of the good arm, if necessary) and repeat. Perform this exercise 10 to 20 times a day.

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