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Increasing Range of Motion for Frozen Shoulder


Question:

I have a client with adhesive capsulitis in both shoulders. I am looking for ways to train her to increase her range of motion and ease the pain of everyday life.

Answer:

"Adhesive capsulitis" is often referred to as "frozen shoulder." It is characterized by painful and very restricted range of motion at the shoulder joint. I am assuming your client has been diagnosed by a medical practitioner. It is my recommendation that you call the physical therapist with whom your client is/was working and get any guidelines they have.

As far as what you can do, try some active and passive range of motion exercises:

As always, you should always stay in touch with her medical team in case she needs additional treatments. You may want to have her warm up the area before working and then apply ice after the workouts as well.