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What is it?
The condition usually starts with inflammation of the tendons that move the shoulder joint, or inflammation of the fibrous capsule of the joint, or swelling of the soft sac that cushions the joint. If you avoid using the shoulder becuase of discomfort, it may become stiff and even more painful to use. The pain will begin to ease after some months, but by then scarring of the joint capsule and prolonged immobility may mean that the full range of shoulder movements never returns.
Stiff shoulder, swollen and painful shoulder joints, inflamed shoulder, bursitis.
Keeping the joint moving is the main aim in conventional medicine, so physiotherapy will be recommended. If the shoulder is very painful, mainipulation under anaesthetic or a steroid injection into the inflamed tendon or joint capsule may be preferred.
Acupressure is a mixture of massage and acupuncture, and is thought to be the forerunner of acupuncture. Instead of inserting needles, practitioners use firm thumb or fingertip massage on pain relieving pressure points. Acupressure is used to balance a flow of energy called Qi, which is believed to run through invisible channels known as meridians. More Info
The medicinal use of herbs is said to be as old as mankind itself. Tribes still use their traditional knowledge of plant and their healing properties passed on from generation to generation. The armies of slave workers who laboured to build the Egyptian pyramids took a daily ration of garlic to ward off the pestilential fevers and infections that were rife at the time. More Info
Treating illness with highly concentrated oils extracted from plants is known as aromatherapy. These highly scented extracts-called essences or essential oils-contain the substances that give plants their smell. Aromatherapists believe that many also have medicinal properties. More Info