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Frozen Shoulder Physio – Manchester


Frozen shoulder, or Adhesive capsulitis, is a complex pathology that is characterised by pain and stiffness in the shoulder joint.  

The tendons, ligaments and bones that are involved in the shoulder joint are encased in what is called the capsule – formed by connective tissue. Frozen shoulder occurs when this capsule thickens and tightens, preventing the joint from moving properly.

Physiotherapy is essential when dealing with a frozen shoulder and regaining pain-free movement.

Our highly trained physios at Total Restore will conduct a thorough assessment on your range of motion, your functional abilities and your history of injury, before creating a tailored physio treatment plan to get you back to your best as quickly as possible.

Some of the treatment techniques we use for Frozen Shoulder include:

  • Advice & education on Frozen Shoulder to prevent it from recurring
  • Stretching program
  • Manual physiotherapy including Massage, Deep tissue release, Trigger point Therapy, Mobilizations/manipulations, and Traction.
  • Hot/cold therapy
  • Acupuncture in surrounding muscles
  • Tailor-made Home exercise program
  • Ultrasound/Electrotherapy
  • Taping techniques for pain relief


Frozen Shoulder Facts

  • Symptoms begin gradually and it can take over 3 years to recover from pain and stiffness;
  • It’s unusual to have re-occurring frozen shoulder problems;
  • You may need a corticosteroid injection if pain levels are too high;
  • Frozen shoulder is more frequent in females than males


Frozen Shoulder Causes

The cause of Frozen Shoulder is not completely understood by the medical society but it is seen in patients who suffer from:

  • Previous injury – e.g. SLAP lesion, bursitis, subacromial impingement syndrome;
  • Stroke or mastectomy  – or any problem that may prevent you from moving your shoulder joint freely;
  • Diabetes;
  • Fractures/dislocations;
  • Post shoulder surgery;
  • Parkinson’s disease.


Frozen Shoulder Symptoms

  • Pain in and around the shoulder joint;
  • Restriction in range of motion in all directions;
  • Weakness;
  • Pins and needles down the arm;
  • Numbness.


Frozen Shoulder Self-help Advice

  • Keep your shoulder joint moving – not moving it will make it worse
  • Use heat and cold packs to ease the pain and swelling:

    • Hot – pain
    • Cold – Swelling
  • Work on your posture – do not hunch over or sit/stand in a hunched position
  • Stay away from strenuous exercise or heavy lifting
  • Take painkillers when necessary
  • Nutrition – maintain a healthy diet, minimising extra weight and pressure on your joint
  • Always do a good warm-up before any type of exercise


Get In Touch

If you have frozen shoulder or general shoulder pain and need help to regain movement, then get in touch with us on 0161 833 3008 or email and we will create your a tailored treatment programme targeting the problem. We work with both private patients and those insured by the main insurers – BUPA, AXA, Avira. We are located on St Ann’s Square in the Royal Exchange Buildings just 2 minutes walk from Deansgate.