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Frozen Shoulder – What is it Going to Take

Shoulder Pain

If you have recently been diagnosed with frozen shoulder or have been looking for help for awhile now, then I’m glad you are here. There is a lot of information on the internet about your options and it can be easy to get overwhelmed. It can also be easy to get sucked into believing and trying anything that promises a quick fix, only to be let down and possibly left in more pain than previously.

Here is a reality check. Recovering from a frozen shoulder is rarely quick. Don’t believe anyone who tells you otherwise.

Recovering from frozen shoulder is going to require addressing more than the spot(s) that hurts. It is going to take more than rest, ice, and heat. And if a cortisone injection could fix it, it would have already.

Here's why. It has to do with connective tissue restrictions that are completely unique to you which either led to the situation you are in now or are contributing to it not resolving. It also has to do with the anatomy of the shoulder itself. While a diagnosis of frozen shoulder often refers specifically to adhesions, scar tissue, and stiffened tissue of the joint capsule, this is not the only area of your body that is affected.

The shoulder is most accurately referred to as a shoulder girdle and is made up of 3 bones, the scapula (shoulder blade), the clavicle (collar bone), and the humerus (upper arm bone). There are 3 main joints formed by these bones with numerous layers of muscle and connective tissue surrounding and attaching them to each other as well as the ribcage, spine, and sternum. ALL of these things need space and unrestricted movement in order for your shoulder to move well.

At a minimum, we will need to address any tightness and restriction in the tissues surrounding and attaching to the upper arm, ribs, sternum, collarbone, shoulder blade, upper spine, and neck. We will need to do this on the side that is painful AND the side that is not. In many cases, pelvic alignment, or misalignments, will also need addressed, as well as any subconscious bracing patterns you may have developed that are holding the shoulder in place without your awareness.

None of these things is difficult, but it will take some time and consistent attention to more than the spot that hurts in order for your shoulder to begin to move well and feel good for the long term.


One of our favorite people shares a bit of her journey recovering from frozen shoulder.I

Vanetta Servoss

Vanetta Servoss

Specialist Myofascial Release Therapist Vanetta loves her work as a myofascial release therapist! She was introduced to myofascial release as a client struggling with debilitating headaches, dizziness, pain, and muscle tension. Traditional medicine did little to provide relief, and it wasn't until she began seeing a mfr therapist that she started seeing change. She knows first hand how it feels to be trapped in pain with little hope for recovery. Or to be given a diagnostic label like fibromyalgia with little recourse other than dependence on prescription medications. She no longer believes those are the only options available to those struggling with pain or loss of mobility, and credits mfr with helping her get her life back. She considers it a privilege to assist others in their journey. Vanetta's formal education includes an undergraduate degree from Brigham Young University and a Master's degree in Health Promotion from Mississippi State University. She is also a licensed massage therapist and has trained extensively in the John Barnes' Myofascial Release approach. Vanetta loves to travel and explore other places. She now enjoys that active lifestyle she once thought was no longer possible, and can frequently be found outside enjoying the sunshine and hiking the trails of Utah, Idaho, and Arizona.
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