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Natural Healing for Frozen Shoulder: How Acupuncture, AWT, and Tuina Can Help

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain, stiffness, and limited range of motion in the shoulder joint. It typically develops gradually over time and can last for months to years. The exact cause of frozen shoulder is unknown, but it's believed to occur when the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint becomes thick, stiff, and inflamed, making it difficult to move the shoulder. Frozen shoulder can affect anyone, but it's more common in people over the age of 40, those with diabetes, thyroid disorders, or a history of shoulder injury or surgery. If left untreated, frozen shoulder can lead to chronic pain and permanent loss of range of motion.

Is it OK to massage a frozen shoulder?

While massage and tuina may seem similar, they are different in their approaches and techniques. Massage is generally focused on relaxation and tension relief, while tuina can be used to not only relax the body, but also improve circulation, reduce tension and inflammation, and promote healing in the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the shoulder joint. As a result, tuina can be a more effective treatment for conditions like frozen shoulder, where there may be inflammation and adhesions in the shoulder joint capsule. By using a combination of techniques like pressure, stretching, and heat therapy, tuina can help to address the underlying issues causing the condition and promote healing in the affected area.

How Tuina work for Frozen Shoulder

Tuina is a form of massage therapy that involves stimulating the body's energy pathways, promoting circulation, balancing Yin and Yang, and warming the channels while dispelling coldness. Energy pathways refer to the channels through which Qi and blood flow in the body, including the meridians and collaterals. Only by unblocking these pathways can Qi and blood circulate smoothly. This process helps improve circulation, reduce tension and inflammation, and promote relaxation in the muscles and connective tissues surrounding the shoulder joint. In turn, these effects can help alleviate the symptoms of frozen shoulder and promote faster healing.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which views the body as a complex network of energy pathways through which Qi, or vital energy, flows. According to TCM theory, when Qi is flowing smoothly, the body is healthy, and when it is blocked or stagnated, illness and pain can occur.

In addition to promoting circulation and reducing tension and inflammation, Tuina massage can also help to balance Yin and Yang in the body. Yin and Yang are two complementary forces that exist in all things, and according to TCM theory, a healthy body is one in which these forces are in balance. By balancing Yin and Yang, Tuina massage can help to promote overall health and well-being, in addition to treating specific health conditions like frozen shoulder.

What would be the best TCM treatment to combine with Tuina?

As a professional traditional Chinese medicine therapy institution, Yong Kang TCM Clinic has abundant experience and expertise in treating frozen shoulder, providing various treatment options for patients. Among them, acupuncture, AWT, and Chinese herbal medicine are commonly used and effective treatment methods. Acupuncture can stimulate meridians and acupoints, regulate Qi and blood flow, and alleviate pain and discomfort in the shoulder. AWT is a non-invasive therapy that uses vibration to stimulate the metabolism and repair of soft tissue in the shoulder, relieving pain and stiffness. Chinese herbal medicine can be taken internally or applied externally to improve blood circulation, promote tissue repair and regeneration, and relieve shoulder pain and discomfort. In addition, Yong Kang TCM Clinic also provides various other treatment methods such as Tuina, cupping, and Fuyang Tou Jiu to help patients recover shoulder health. In the treatment of frozen shoulder, Yongkang's treatment plan is tailored to individual situations to maximize treatment effectiveness and patient satisfaction.


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