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Frozen Shoulder
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.
Conventional Practice:
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.
Alternative Treatments:
  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
  Chiropractors set out to correct disorders of the joints, muscles and spine. Spinal problems can cause pain in the spine and other parts of the body including the shoulder, arm, hip and leg. More Info
  Herbal Medicine
  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
  Homoeopathy aims to treat the whole person. Illness is seen as a sign of disharmony or inner imbalance. More Info

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