Understanding and treating frozen shoulder with Musculoskeletal therapy

FrozenShoulder vs normal shoulder

Frozen shoulder, also called adhesive capsulitis, causes pain and stiffness in the shoulder. Over time, the shoulder becomes very hard to move.

Frozen shoulder occurs in about 2% of the general population. It most commonly affects people between the ages of 40 and 60, and occurs in women more often than men.

In frozen shoulder, the shoulder capsule thickens and becomes tight. Stiff bands of tissue — called adhesions — develop. In many cases, there is less synovial fluid in the joint.

The hallmark sign of this condition is being unable to move your shoulder – either on your own or with the help of someone else.

The exact cause of a frozen shoulder continues to prove to be elusive.  It is known that frozen shoulder is a definite disease process which occurs in three major stages


In the”freezing” stage, you slowly have more and more pain. As the pain worsens, your shoulder loses range of motion. Freezing typically lasts from 6 weeks to 9 months.


Painful symptoms may actually improve during this stage, but the stiffness remains. During the 4 to 6 months of the “frozen” stage, daily activities may be very difficult.


Shoulder motion slowly improves during the “thawing” stage. Complete return to normal or close to normal strength and motion typically takes from 6 months to 2 years.

So if the above symptoms sound like you, its time try Musculoskeletal Therapy.

Your therapist will used advanced muscle and physical therapy techniques, prescription of home exercises and a treatment plan tailored to your condition and progress.

Frozen shoulder responds extremely well to physical therapy, and is effective and drug free!!

The nature of this condition is complex and involves a huge range of different muscles and fascial restrictions, therefore is necessary to have a therapist that can offer the time and the expertise for it to be treated. Musculoskeletal therapy is used for optimum results as opposed to just massage and or physiotherapy where the time and or knowledge is not given to heal the tissue and bring about long-term results.

Each person will progress in accordance to their own body and compliance to treatment.

If you have tried other therapies that have not been effective come and experience results with Musculoskeletal therapy today.

Call (07) 5561 8545 for an appointment.

Suite 10 (Upstairs) 5 Michigan Drive,

Oxenford (Northern Gold Coast)


What Causes Jaw Pain?

TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction)  a Musculoskeletal approach!

TMJ – dysfunction is a disorder of the muscles of mastication, the temporomandibular joints and associated structures.

Muscle imbalance causes a significant change in the biomechanics of the TMJ, and results in pain and dysfunction. The reason for the muscle imbalance has a variety of causes including swallowing patterns, breathing patterns, resting head position, arthritic conditions, stress and genetic predisposition.

Symptoms in the early stages include:

Clicking, popping sounds on jaw movement

Jaw pain is precipitated by movement or jaw clenching

Pain often worse in the morning

Tenderness is noted in the muscles of mastication and the joint capsule

A headache may be present, often frontal or temporal

Spasm occurs in the muscles of mastication and neck and shoulder musculature

Decreased range of motion, especially opening the jaw

Ear stuffiness, blockage and hearing loss may result

Musculoskeletal Therapy (MST) practitioners treat this condition using a variety of techniques including dry needling, trigger point therapy, intra-oral work, joint mobilization, and myofascial release.

Dry needling is also a technique that can be used at the beginning of the treatment in which acupuncture needles are applied to the muscles of mastication (chewing), allowing easier access to intra oral muscles and an effective release of jaw tension.

Intra oral work allows the practitioner to access the muscles that directly influence the joint position which are creating the dysfunction. The technique requires the practitioner to enter the client’s mouth with a gloved hand and is absolutely necessary in most cases to provide effective relief from pain and dysfunction.

An MST practitioner will also address the postural imbalances that predispose and cause TMJ dysfunction ensuring a long term result.

If you have tried other therapies that have not been effective come and experience results with Musculoskeletal therapy today.

Call (07) 5561 8545


Suite 10 (Upstairs) 5 Michigan Drive,

Oxenford (Northern Gold Coast)