Frozen Shoulder and Pilates

When you hear the words ‘frozen shoulder’, one tends to associate the shoulder as frozen, literally and not being able to move. To be exact, a frozen shoulder or adhesive capsulitis is a condition whereby the capsule of the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and thickened with scar tissues. This results in a loss of mobility in the shoulder joint and is accompanied by pain and stiffness.

This condition can be debilitating as you may find difficulty in performing everyday tasks such as lifting your hands to reach for your favourite box of cereals at the supermarket shelf or reaching for the zip at the back of your dress.

Whilst the exact cause is unknown, research has suggested that it can happen after an injury or surgery or to people with chronic illness such as diabetes. Women over the age of 40 years seem to be more affected by this condition than men.

Pilates can aid and speed up your recovery and get you back on the things that you enjoy doing. With Pilates, you are taught to become responsible for your own rehabilitation. It is more than just visiting the therapist, lying on the bed and having the therapist work your body. You learn where your body is in space and the best movement sequence for your body. Exercises are functional and can be modified as required and yet still remain effective.

Pilates works to restore range of motion and stability to the shoulder joint. Very often, the stiffness can create muscle or postural imbalance as the body tries to compensate by working other muscles harder. Pilates strengthens not only the shoulder joint but also works the whole body.

It is possible to return to the things you enjoy doing. Speak with us today!