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Spring: Time to Thaw Your Frozen Shoulder

Ah, Spring! It seems like only yesterday that I was up at Whistler Blackcomb, on 7th Heaven skiing on a seemingly limitless blanket of powder.  Actually that was yesterday.  But farther down the mountain, spring has sprung, and spring-skiing aside, it is time for our condition of the week: Frozen Shoulder.

Frozen Shoulder

You start off with some stiffness and soreness in your shoulder, and gradually it gets to the point where you can barely lift or move your arm.  Now you have frozen shoulder.  It is common in jobs with repetitive movements (like cashiers).

What should you do?

Chiropractic and Laser help to stimulate the body’s natural healing process.  Research has shown, and what I have found in practice, is that using chiropractic care to remove interference in the nerves (at the skull and neck) reduces tension in the muscles and improves coordination.  Laser therapy to the neck and shoulder decreases pain and helps the nerves and muscles heal.

We can work on the shoulder with Active Release Techniques and Graston Technique.  These are specialized techniques that isolate the structures and improve texture and fluidity of movement.

Can I Take Anything?

I recommend an amazing supplement called Procosa by USANA.  It is available on my online shop, or from any USANA associate that you happen to know.  I recommend it not only if you have frozen shoulder, but really for anybody over forty years old who wants to keep their joints healthy.   It also has some stuff in it that helps with inflammation.  I take it every day, so maybe you should too.

Some people like to take things like Advil, an NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs).  You can do that, if you enjoy side-effects like gastrointestinal bleeding.  Over 19,000 people die every year from taking them.  It’s totally up to you.

GarySpring: Time to Thaw Your Frozen Shoulder