What is frozen shoulder?

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that affects your shoulder joint and makes it difficult to move your arm. Imagine your shoulder joint is like a ball and socket. In frozen shoulder, the tissues around the joint form “scar adhesions” (scar tissue) which  refers to the formation of tight, fibrous bands of tissue within the shoulder joint. These bands or adhesions can develop as a result of inflammation and the body’s natural healing response to injury or irritation in the shoulder

Here’s a straightforward explanation of what happens:

  • Stiffness Sets In: The tissues around your shoulder joint become tight and rigid, making it feel stiff. It’s like your shoulder doesn’t want to move as freely as it used to.
  • Limited Range of Motion: As the stiffness progresses, your ability to lift your arm and rotate your shoulder diminishes. Everyday activities like reaching for something on a high shelf or putting on a jacket can become challenging.
  • Pain and Discomfort: Along with stiffness, frozen shoulder often comes with pain. It can ache, especially when you try to move your arm, and the discomfort may worsen over time.
  • Gradual Onset: Frozen shoulder typically develops slowly. You might not notice the stiffness at first, but as it progresses, you realize your shoulder isn’t moving as easily as it used to.
  • Three Stages: Doctors often describe frozen shoulder in three stages: freezing, frozen, and thawing. In the freezing stage, you start to feel the stiffness. The frozen stage is when the stiffness is at its peak, and movement is most limited. Thawing is when the condition starts to improve, and you gradually regain movement.

While the exact cause of frozen shoulder isn’t always clear, it can be linked to factors like injury, prolonged immobility, or certain medical conditions. Treatment may involve physical therapy, pain management, and, in some cases, exercises to improve flexibility.


Our Chiropractor uses a unique scar tissue tool to break up the scar tissue in the shoulder. Frozen shoulder is a very painful condition and therefore not suitable for hands on massage. This technique is much more comfortable than a hands on massage and can get in deeper breaking up the damage. The most extreme cases of frozen shoulder have felt comfortable during this therapy and respond well. 

Benefits of our scar tissue therapy for frozen shoulder

  • Improved Range of Motion: Frozen shoulder is characterized by stiffness and limited movement in the shoulder joint. Scar tissue massage helps break down adhesions and restrictions, promoting increased flexibility and a wider range of motion.
  • Reduced Pain and Discomfort: Scar tissue can contribute to pain and discomfort in frozen shoulder. Massage therapy helps to release tension and knots in the muscles, providing relief from pain associated with the condition.
  • Enhanced Blood Circulation: Massage stimulates blood flow to the affected area, bringing fresh oxygen and nutrients to the tissues. This improved circulation supports the body’s natural healing process, aiding in the resolution of frozen shoulder symptoms.
  • Breakdown of Adhesions: Scar tissue and adhesions can form in the shoulder joint, limiting its movement. Massage therapy targets these adhesions, helping to break them down and restore normal function to the shoulder.
  • Relaxation of Muscles: Tight and tense muscles often accompany frozen shoulder. Scar tissue massage helps relax these muscles, reducing spasms and contributing to a more comfortable and less restricted shoulder movement.
  • Prevention of Recurrence: Regular scar tissue massage can help prevent the reformation of adhesions and scar tissue, reducing the likelihood of recurring frozen shoulder episodes.
  • Complement to Other Therapies: Scar tissue massage can be used in conjunction with other treatments for frozen shoulder, such as physical therapy and stretching exercises. This integrative approach enhances the overall effectiveness of the therapeutic plan.
  • Individualized Treatment: A skilled massage therapist tailors the treatment to the specific needs of the patient. This personalized approach ensures that the massage addresses the unique factors contributing to the individual’s frozen shoulder.
  • Non-Invasive and Drug-Free: Scar tissue massage therapy is a non-invasive and drug-free approach to managing frozen shoulder. It focuses on natural methods to alleviate symptoms and improve shoulder function.