Yoga Therapy and Acupuncture for Frozen Shoulder 

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Yoga Therapy and Acupuncture for Frozen Shoulder 


Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulders is a disorder that causes stiffness, pain, and loss of motion in your shoulder. The condition can get worse if it is not treated in time. Most of the time, it affect people from the age of 40 to 60. However, these days, it is not unusual to find even younger people.  Most women that men are at risk of having frozen shoulder.

Causes of frozen shoulder

There are several causes that include when the shoulder is immobilized for some time by illness, surgery, or injury. Conditions like Parkinson’s disease and thyroid disorders also put someone at risk of getting the condition. Other times, inflammation, tissue deterioration, and windy or cold temperatures that obstruct blood circulation in the shoulder area can cause frozen shoulder.

Effects of frozen shoulder

The condition makes doing simple things like taking a book from the shelf overhead impossible. Reaching your back or neck can also lead to unbearable pain and fastening your bra becomes impossible. It causes too much discomfort. How do yoga therapy and acupuncture help?

Acupuncture for Yoga Therapy

According to a clinical study published in NCBI, “Acupuncture in the treatment of frozen shoulder with the results achieved in the general case, acupuncture may improve shoulder motion in patients.” Acupuncture is a physiotherapy method that helps improve your overall shoulder motion. It is performed to help improve shoulder motion and alleviate the prevalent pain you feel when reaching for something.

There are different ways acupuncturist can use acupuncture to treat frozen shoulder. One technique is when the inserted acupuncture needles directly into the muscles, which acts like trigger points. This method is effective since it accesses the trigger point and eliminates the pain you might be feeling.

The second acupuncture technique involves choosing different points along the meridian of your body. After choosing the points, needling is done from that actual site to help relieve pain.

Yoga therapy for frozen shoulder

Yoga therapy is another traditional method most people choose to deal with shoulder pain. It is one of the best techniques for treating frozen shoulder. According to Suneel Singh, a yoga Guru, Sedentary lifestyle, working and sitting at the desk all day coupled with stress and anxiety result in more cases of the shoulder pain. So, we need movements to help ‘defrost’ these tight shoulders. Resting the affected arm will lead to more complications.” He continues to add, “Yoga asanas can help strengthen or stretch your muscles in the shoulder, neck and upper back region. It is best to expect results for Frozen Shoulder pain over a period.”

Many asanas can help? Some Asanas you can try include:
  • Shavasana or corpse pose
  • Fish pose (Matsyasana)
  • Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
  • Bal-Shayanasana(Infant’s Pose)
  • Makarasana(Crocodile Pose)
  • Naukasana(Boat Pose)
  • Shashank-Bhujangasana(Striking Cobra Pose)
  • Salbhaasana (Locust Pose)

Some yoga therapist uses yoga sequencing like Surya Namaskar to help alleviate any pain caused by frozen shoulder and finally treat the condition. Whether a therapist uses sequences, two asanas combined, or another yoga therapy method, they aim to help with the prevalent pain.

Are you finding it hard to move one or both of your shoulders? Do you get shoulder pain (s) at night, and sometimes the pain seems to get worse? You might be experiencing a frozen shoulder. It affects your life and sleep patterns, your daily routine, and range of motion or movements. The pain interferes with your daily life. Yoga therapy and acupuncture are proven techniques for dealing with the condition. They are very effective. Combining the treatments lead to a more prominent and powerful result.

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