Suffer from Shoulder Pain? Have decreased Mobility in the shoulder joint?

What is Frozen Shoulder? Frozen Shoulder or Adhesive Capsulitis is a common source of shoulder pain, affecting 3% of the population causing loss of shoulder function and stiffness as a result of inflammation of the shoulder capsule and fibrotic adhesions.

Gabie Falconer


Gabie comes from the country town of Dubbo which is about 5 hours north west of Sydney. Her passion for chiropractic comes from many years of interest in health and the human body as well as personal experiences with chiropractic treatment. She has a passion for health and the benefits that chiropractic has on the body. Gabie has attended courses in Thompson Technique and Dry Needling to help expand her knowledge within the field.

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Frozen shoulder is a condition that is not well understood and it is often suggested in the research that frozen shoulder is multifactorial. There are some risk factors for developing frozen shoulder including; age – generally individuals over the age of 40 years, females, individuals with a history of shoulder conditions or injuries, and people who have diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, cardiovascular diseases or Parkinson’s.

There are three stages associated with Frozen Shoulder;

  1. ‘Freezing Phase’ - Initially there is progressive limitation of all the movements of the shoulder, which may result from a recent minor trauma, dislocation, prolonged immobilisation, surgeries and in some cases neck problems. Pain may or may not arise in this phase, however will generally be felt if you exceed the limited movement. This phase often lasts between 2-9 months.
  2. ‘Frozen Phase’ – As the fluid in the joint begins to thicken, more pain may arise and will progress to a point where all movement is significantly restricted. This phase can last between 4-12months
  3. ‘Thawing Phase’- The inflammation begins to subside as well as the any pain experienced. During this phase, movement of the shoulder joint begins to gradually return, but not recover to 100% if left untreated. You may experience some weakness due to disuse of the shoulder through the earlier phases. This phase characteristically lasts between 6-9 months.

At Essential Health Centre, treatment goals will be aimed at reducing pain, inflammation and irritation of the shoulder joint as well as nearby structures including the neck and back. Improving mobility and stability of the joint are also major factors our chiropractors address through the use of safe, gentle effective treatments such as soft tissue work, mobilisations, taping, exercises and adjustments. Speak to one of our Chiropractors today 02 8411 1024 or

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