Treating Frozen Shoulder Naturally
After having shoulder pain since my early 30’s, at age 42, I finally decided to have shoulder surgery to fix my torn labrum and to shave a bone spur. I was so excited about the possibility of living pain free! I wasn’t nervous at all about the surgery and everything went as smooth as possible. I wore my sling for the first 6 weeks and was diligent about doing my PT exercises. After 6 weeks I stopped wearing my sling and that’s when the pain and stiffness set in. The pain was so bad I couldn’t sleep and was taking a lot of pain meds. My PT exercises hurt really bad and I could barely do them. I figured this was normal recovery, until I was told I had the dreaded frozen shoulder and that’s what was causing the pain. UGH! Frozen shoulder was something I was trying so hard to avoid. so alas my body sensed me constantly worrying about getting frozen shoulder and thought. oh, she wants frozen shoulder. so I got it. and I got it bad! The pain was unbearable from my shoulder all the way down my biceps tendon. did I mention I wasn’t sleeping well at all! I was in pain, cranky, depressed, and miserable to be around. All this on top of not having a functional right arm (I became a very good lefty).
My options were to go back under and have the surgeon manipulate my arm to basically force it into movement, then do PT exercises all day every day for about 2 weeks. Or, take the slow route and continue with my exercises. I chose the slow route. But I had to manage this pain! I found some topical extra strength salve that had CBD oil as well as other healing ingredients in it. It was $80, but I was willing to pay the price for something natural that worked. This product worked so well, that I decided to carry it in my shop. You can find it here https://www.hipmountainmama.com/lemon-ginger-menthol-salve-with-2x-strength-cbd/ The ingredients in this product are amazing and lessened my pain significantly! So much that I was able to do my exercises with way less pain and eventually break free from my frozen shoulder.
Some other natural healing activities I did that helped were tons of restorative yoga (1-2 times a week), meditation and visualization (I would visualize my arm with full range of motion), lots of stretching, acupuncture, micro current, as well as supplements such as Curcumin, Fish Oil, and a high quality daily vitamin.
If you every develop frozen shoulder my advice to you is to be patient. Understand that your body is going through this for a reason, although you might not know the reason for a long while later. I believe I went through this so I could learn patience and help others. Move your shoulder as much as possible. Surround yourself with positive people and situations. Eat healthy and take vitamins. Stay the course. you won’t be frozen forever, but it might take a few months!
Frozen Shoulder Night Pain
Frozen shoulder night pain–why does frozen shoulder get worse at night? Anyone who has suffered from adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder will always tell you that the pain is worst at night. The pain is so bad that sufferers will often tell you that they lose countless hours of sleep at night. As a result, many of the sufferers are then put on prescriptions for sleeping pills and narcotic pain-killers.
Frozen Shoulder Night Pain — Why is the pain so bad at night?
At night, blood circulation is slower and water is not filtered as quickly through the kidneys
Frozen shoulder night pain can be the worst part of frozen shoulder. Adhesive capsulitis frozen shoulder is often cited as being the most painful musculoskeletal condition that one can suffer from. Although the pain is constant in the first months, those afflicted always suffer from frozen shoulder night pain when the blood flow of the body slows down. With the blood moving more slowly, water is not filtered as quickly by the kidneys. This causes a generalized retention of water which results in increased internal pressure within the body. This means the entire body becomes slightly swollen which is why all inflammatory conditions are worsened overnight. For the frozen shoulder sufferer, nighttime also means even more inflammation in the already highly pressurized shoulder joint. This will cause a significant increase in the intensity of the pain. This is why your frozen shoulder is keeping you up at night. Get a frozen shoulder diagnosis now and start sleeping better!
The excruciating frozen shoulder night pain causes frozen shoulder sufferers to lose a great deal of sleep–resulting in anxiety and depression in a lot of cases. These sufferers then desperately start looking for solutions as the pain is never-ending. Lack of sleep or poor quality sleep has been associated with wide ranging health problems such as diabetes, obesity, anxiety , depression, and impaired immune response.
So now you know the answer to “Why does frozen shoulder hurt so much at night?” But what can you do for the pain?
Tips For Frozen Shoulder Pain Relief At Night:
- sleep with a wedge pillow to prop you up and a pillow behind your head. Use a microbead pillow to hold up your frozen shoulder arm so that the elbow doesn’t bend and the arm doesn’t move throughout the night.
- stretch before sleep. These don’t have to be shoulder-specific stretches as the goal is simply to improve blood circulation
- take a bath in epsom salts (but careful that the water isn’t too hot as that can promote inflammation)
- use a TENS unit on the affected shoulder for 30 minutes before sleep. TENS units don’t actually eliminate pain but they make it so that the brain doesn’t register the pain signals
- apply CBD oil to the shoulder area. CBD oil isn’t available in some places as its a naturally occurring cannabinoid constituent of cannabis. But it has been proved to relieve localized pain.
If you are suffering from frozen shoulder and want relief, contact us for a FREE phone consultation. This is an informational call that doesn’t take long where you can learn more about the MCD Procedure and whether you’d be a good candidate for our care.
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