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Chiropractic Treatment for Frozen Shoulder: What You Need to Know

Updated: Feb 21

By: Dr. Diego Bignone, DC |

Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition that causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint. It typically develops over time, with symptoms gradually worsening over several months. While there are several treatment options available for frozen shoulder, chiropractic care can be a safe and effective alternative to surgery or medication.

What Causes Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder can occur as a result of injury, overuse, or underlying medical conditions such as diabetes or stroke. It is more common in people over the age of 40, as well as those with certain risk factors such as thyroid disorders or heart disease. The condition is characterized by inflammation and thickening of the joint capsule, which can limit shoulder mobility and cause pain.

How Can Chiropractic Care Help?

Chiropractic care for frozen shoulder involves a combination of manual therapy, exercises, and stretches to help improve range of motion and reduce pain. A chiropractor will first conduct a thorough evaluation to determine the underlying cause of your frozen shoulder, as well as cases severity of your symptoms.

Manual therapy techniques such as spinal adjustments and soft tissue therapy can help to improve joint mobility and reduce inflammation. Your chiropractor may also recommend specific exercises and stretches to help stretch and strengthen the muscles surrounding the shoulder joint. These may include pendulum stretches, cross-body stretches, and armpit stretches.

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1. Seek Early Chiropractic Care:

Early diagnosis and intervention are crucial for successful frozen shoulder treatment. Chiropractors can identify underlying structural issues and provide targeted adjustments to improve range of motion and reduce pain.

2. Regular Chiropractic Adjustments:

Regular chiropractic adjustments can help break down scar tissue, improve joint mobility, and alleviate pain associated with frozen shoulder.

3. Gentle Joint Mobilization:

Gentle joint mobilization exercises can gradually restore range of motion and function to the affected shoulder. Chiropractors can guide patients through appropriate exercises and provide feedback on technique.

4. Soft Tissue Massage:

Soft tissue massage can help release muscle tension, improve circulation, and promote healing in the shoulder region. Chiropractors may incorporate massage techniques into their treatment plans.

5. Home Exercises and Stretches:

Regular home exercises and stretches can help maintain and improve range of motion, prevent stiffness, and reduce pain recurrence. Chiropractors can provide personalized exercise programs tailored to each patient's needs.

Is Chiropractic Care Right for You?

Chiropractic care can be a safe and effective treatment option for frozen shoulder, particularly for those who prefer a non-invasive approach. However, it's important to consult with a licensed chiropractor to determine if this type of care is right for you. They can help to create a personalized treatment plan that addresses your individual needs and goals.

If you're experiencing symptoms of frozen shoulder, don't suffer in silence. Contact your local chiropractor today to schedule a consultation and learn more about your treatment options.


  • "Chiropractic management of frozen shoulder syndrome using a novel technique: a retrospective case series of 50 patients" (PMC - NCBI)

  • "The Benefits of Chiropractic Care for Frozen Shoulder" (PostureWorks)

  • "Successful resolution of the presenting symptomatology was achieved" (PubMed)

  • "Frozen Shoulder Syndrome" (American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons)

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