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Frozen Shoulder

Updated: Mar 5, 2019



Some clinical trials suggest that acupuncture may improve recovery in patients with a frozen shoulder, either when used alone or in combination with physiotherapy. Acupuncture can reduce pain, inflammation, muscle and joint stiffness, and so may help in the treatment of frozen shoulder, by:

stimulating nerves located in muscles and other tissues, which leads to release of endorphins and other neurohumoral factors, and changes the processing of pain in the brain and spinal cord (Pomeranz, 1987, Zijlstra 2003, Zhao 2008, Cheng 2009);

reducing inflammation, by promoting release of vascular and immunomodulatory factors (Kim 2008, Kavoussi 2007, Zijlstra 2003);

enhancing local microcirculation, by increasing the diameter and blood flow velocity of peripheral arterioles (Komori 2009). Source: British Acupuncture Council


Frozen shoulder is a common condition I see in clinic and it responds well to acupuncture and remedial exercise.

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