Frozen Shoulders

Frozen Shoulders, also called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. It occurs as a result of inflammation, scarring, thickening and shrinkage of the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint. . It causes the capsule surrounding the shoulder joint to contract and form scar tissue.
Frozen Shoulders usually occurs on one side; however, it can spread to the other shoulder gradually. Frozen shoulders consist of three stages: the painful stage; the frozen stage; and thawing stage and this classification is brought about gradually over several months. The disease most commonly affects patients between the ages of 40 to 60 years old, and is twice as common in women as in men.
Symptoms of Frozen Shoulders 

  • Acute pain, loss of motion and a feeling of stiffness in the shoulder
  • Night pain with limited range of shoulder movements
  • Stiffness of the shoulder along with pain
  • Unable to lift the affected arm

Causes of Frozen Shoulders 

  • Vitiation of Vata dosha
  • Old age & injury
  • Long-term immobility of the shoulder
  • Hormonal changes
  • Diseases like diabetes, heart diseases
  • Excessive exercises
  • Thyroid problems
  • Excessive indulgence in foods which are dry, cold, salty etc
  • Keeping awake at nights, fasting, indigestion and other stress related factors

Ayurvedic Treatments for Frozen Shoulders 
Ayurvedic treatment for frozen shoulders will be aimed at rectifying the vitiated vata dosha. Vitiation of vata dosha has occurred due to the accumulation of toxins in the joints. Ayurvedic treatments for frozen shoulders will then aim to eliminate all toxins, and treat stiffness and pain and preserve the mobility of the shoulder joint
Treatment includes Oil Massage (Abhyanga), Steam bath (Swedanam) and Nasyam. Purgation therapies are used for the complete removal of toxin of the body. Treatments may vary with associated conditions and specific treatments for diseases also will be required if the condition is associated with diseases like diabetes, paralysis or local injury. 
 
 Ayurvedic Remedies for Frozen Shoulders

  • Follow a balanced diet which includes vegetables and low fats. 
  • Avoid foods which are dry, cold and salty  
  • Avoid excessive exercises
  • Sleep properly 
  • Avoid stress and strain 
  • Apply heat to the shoulder joint 
  • Reduce your weight if you are overweight 
  • Do regular physical exercise especially stretching and rotation of head
  • Yoga and Meditation
Ayurveda & Musculoskeletal Disorders

Ayurvedic treatment of arthritis lays emphasis on the use of herbal medicines. These herbal medicines have been found effective and are time tested and proven.Ayurvedic treatment for backache lays utmost emphasis on the use of several medicinal herbs. These have been proven effectively over the years. Amongst the various types of oils sesame oil is the most frequently used in ayurveda for treating back pains. The various constituents present in the sesame oil have anti-oxidant and anti-depressant properties, which help to bring about a sense of well being.

Ayurvedic treatment for frozen shoulder, apart from the panchakarma treatments and rejuvenation treatments, also necessitates the application of heat to the shoulder joint. This is particularly helpful in reducing pain and stiffness. Herbal oils are applied on the affected joint followed by a localized steam fomentation of medicines Ayurveda treatment for gout includes following a diet regime during and after the treatment. Patients should consume large quantities of fresh, organic fruits and vegetables. The patients suffering from gout should besides, consume wheat, green gram, raisins, ginger, milk etc. Consumption of fish, dried horse gram, dhal, curds, radish, mushrooms etc should be discouraged. Alcohol consumption and smoking should also be strictly avoided.

The great benefit with a majority of this herbal medicine preparation is that these can be done at our homes itself on the prescription and advice of an ayurveda physician. These, however, are not to be taken without the prescription from an ayurveda doctor as it is only the ayurveda doctor who can prescribe the medicine after a careful analysis of the patient and the intensity of the disease.

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