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My Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

Adhesive Capsulitis

That is the technical term for the condition and I have treated many people over the years who have come to me with this condition.

I even advised a friend of mine to seek professional treatment when he began complaining of shoulder pain one day and I observed his symptoms increasing to what I believed to be frozen shoulder, and I was correct in my assumption.

Fast forward to now and here I am a month and a half into my own frozen shoulder condition experiencing this first hand, and I would like to apologize to all of you for not fully comprehending exactly what you were experiencing.

While I do understand that this condition can range from mild to severe and that some people may or may not experience an extreme level of pain and discomfort for me this has caused many sleepless nights and times where I have bolted out of bed in excruciating pain and pressed my shoulder against a wall to make it stop.

I am pretty sure the neighbors have thought I was being beaten in the night with the sounds of me crying out in pain night after night.

Confusing Treatment Options

When you research Frozen Shoulder Syndrome you will discover that not only do they not know what causes it but they also do not agree on how best to treat the condition.

Some believe that you should begin physical therapy right away to avoid loss of range of motion, which has already been lost by the time you realize that you have the condition as I can no longer hook my bra or reach past the first shelf of my kitchen cabinets,

Others say that you should wait it out until the condition comes full circle and the shoulder will “thaw” on its own.

Apparently there is a third option where the doctor will put you under anesthesia and manually manipulate the joint capsule to free up any adhesion that may be causing the limited range of motion.

As for me…

Well, I had wanted to get treatment, but between insurance and prior authorizations things did not go as planned and I never got in for the MRI I tried to get, without it no one wanted to begin treatment so I have been slowly working on it myself as much as I can tolerate.

I have tried everything from self massage, self cupping, TENS units, topical analgesics, and anti-inflammatories to try and manage the pain and muscle spasms.

Currently I am at a point now where I am finally able to get a decent nights sleep and can do more activities of daily living with a bit less pain that I had been experiencing, such as putting on deodorant in the morning or washing and combing my hair.

It is funny how much we take our shoulders for granted until something like this happens, and once again I really want to apologize to my clients who have gone through this, I have gained a whole new level of understanding from this experience.

Those Cure Your Frozen Shoulder Videos…

Umm I watched a few of those, there is NO WAY that some of those people even had frozen shoulder syndrome to begin with, there is a difference between having frozen shoulder syndrome and having a pulled muscle or some other muscular issue that you could easily massage or stretch out and be all better in no time.

This condition is a process, it takes time to heal from this, unfortunately more time than I was hoping it would take. I will be honest, this is frustrating, and it has at times had in me tears feeling very sorry for myself and questioning my future as a massage therapist. It can make you feel like a total invalid when you cannot even pull your own pants up when you use the bathroom,

That being said I know that the body is amazing at healing itself when left to its own devices and when given the proper tools to do so. I have faith that if I don’t baby it, don’t over do it, get enough rest, and try to take care of myself things will work themselves out and I will be back to massaging soon.

Yours in Health and Wellness,

Kristeen Anne Smart (formerly Kristeen Anne Kish)

CAMTC Certified Massage Therapist

P.S. (is 2020 over yet?)

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