Surrey Osteopaths for Frozen Shoulder

Frozen Shoulder (Primary Shoulder Adhesive Capsulitis or pSAC) can occur without any specific causes. According to the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, this is defined as a condition caused by active and passive shoulder motion restriction.

The inflammation and thickening around the shoulder joint also restrict the movement and pain in the shoulder region. This inflammation and thickening can affect the shoulder capsule, the joint capsule or the rotator cuff. It can make your shoulder quite painful and stiff, which makes it difficult to move your shoulder. Potentially, in some cases, physical therapy such as stretching exercises and shoulder manipulation will suffice to reduce your shoulder pain and prevent it from escalating before you need to consider an orthopaedic surgeon.

Our osteopathy treatment can help treat your frozen shoulder with our initial assessment and treatment procedures after diagnosing frozen shoulder based on the disease’s various clinical features. Following are the four clinical stages of frozen shoulder:  

  1. Painful Stage: You may suffer aching pain and moderate restriction in the range of motion.
  2. Freezing Stage: You may suffer severe pain and a high reduction of the range of motion.
  3. Frozen Stage: You may suffer predominant stiffness with severe pain.
  4. Thawing Stage: You may suffer a minimal amount of pain and gradual improvement in the range of motion.

There is no perfect treatment for a frozen shoulder; there are many conservative treatments and invasive procedures. Frozen Shoulder is quite common in diabetic patients as well.

2% of the general population experience Frozen Shoulder. But for diabetes patients, there is a higher chance of occurrence (about 10 to 20%).

Let’s find out different approaches to treat frozen shoulders.

Approaches to Treat Frozen Shoulder

Osteopathic Approach

We here at Arc Osteopathy provide the right osteopathic treatment for your frozen shoulder. Our osteopaths will analyse your structure and your lifestyle and apply direct or indirect treatment techniques.

Dry Needling (Acupuncture)

Our osteopaths may suggest dry needling. It is a trigger point technique often used by physical therapists and osteopaths to reduce pain and improve the range of motion. Dry needling is quite similar to Acupuncture.

Shoulder Exercises for Frozen Shoulder

Apart from these treatments and approaches, you can also perform the exercises below to increase the chances of recovery.

To perform the pendulum exercise, follow these steps – 

  • Lean over by holding onto a chair or table.
  • Let your arms hang down by the side and swing them gently in circles.
  • Use the momentum and gravity to move your arm and rotate anti-clockwise and clockwise.
  • Using your good arm, lift the painful arm.
  • Raise your arm slowly with the support of the good arm, and do not raise it above the head.
  • If you experience any pain, stop lifting and slowly lower the arm.

You can place an ice bag or pack of frozen peas on the tip of your shoulder. Repeat this for 5-10 minutes, three times per day.

Other treatment options that your Osteopath can refer you to your GP for can include Corticosteroid Injections, Hydro-dilation, Manipulation under Anesthesia or Arthroscopic Capsular release. 

At Arc osteopathy, your first appointment will be to establish the cause of your pain and stiffness through a consultation and examination. We then provide a treatment and rehab program for you.

Below you’ll find an example of a  Shoulder test. Our patients are given access to our patient video library with specific exercises videos to aid their recovery.

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We all know frozen shoulder can be a very disabling disease, and we here at Arc Osteopathy can diagnose and treat it. We have clinics in Croydon and Carshalton in Surrey. We use the best osteopathic practices to help relieve you of pain and improve the functioning of your shoulder.

Patient testimonials


Alan and the team are wonderful. Have been a patient here for 2 years and followed them through both sites. The place is clean, am treated with a smile and care and always come out happy and feeling a few years younger. I would have no reservation recommending Arc Osteopathy for anyone looking for an Osteopath in Croydon.

Naz H

Alan is a very friendly, professional & knowledgeable osteopath. In my case, my neck was feeling much better after the first (same day) appointment and back to normal after a second appointment a week later. Alan also provided video exercises to improve my condition. I will highly recommend the services of Arc Osteopathy! Thank you, Alan!

Elena T

Early last year I was having terrible pain in one of my knees and could barely walk. Over a number of months Alan treated me and showed me what exercises to do and what to avoid. I am now signed off from treatment and enjoying doing everything I did before and more. Thanks to Alan.

Lorraine G

I met Alan in 2013 when I had bruises my ribs. Thanks to him, I was able to climb to the top of Mount Kinabalu in South East Asia two months later. Since then, I swear by him. I cannot recommend him enough. I drive an hour each way to see him for a 30 min session. He is the best osteopath in London.

Shamsah L

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