Is Your Shoulder Pain due to “Frozen Shoulder” and How Can Acupuncture Help (in Blaine, MN)?

Is Your Shoulder Pain due to “Frozen Shoulder” and How Can Acupuncture Help (in Blaine, MN)?

shoulder pain

Frozen Shoulder:

“Frozen shoulder” is a common term and not a medical diagnosis. Pain and dysfunction of the shoulder may come on suddenly or develop slowly over time. It may be due to a known injury, over-use or unknown reason.


  • Dull, aching pain in shoulder

  • Pain with stiffness in shoulder

  • Less R.O.M.

  • Difficulty with daily tasks

Acupuncturists at Ackerman Acupuncture treat nerve impingement shoulder pain which may refer down the arm over the bicep or deltoid muscle.

3 Stages of Frozen Shoulder:

Stage 1: “FREEZING”: Pain and R.O.M. gradually worsens

(6 weeks- 9 months).

Stage 2: “FROZEN”:  Pain may improve while stiffness remains

(4-6 months)

(Daily activities may be difficult)

Stage 3: “THAWING”: Slow improvement of R.O.M.

(6 months- 3 years)

(Improvement in Strength & R.O.M. to Normal or Close to Normal)

Acupuncture is an effective treatment for pain and decreased R.O.M. due to “Frozen Shoulder” and other causes of shoulder pain.

Joint Pain
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  • Thickening or Fibrosis (scar tissue) of shoulder joint capsule
  • Synovial Inflammation
  • Decreased Synovial fluid in joint
  • Subscapularis muscle dysfunction

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How Acupuncture Treats Pain: Pain is relieved by stimulating precise points on certain channel pathways (meridians). Stimulation prompts area nerve fibers in the extremities to communicate with the Hypothalamus in the brain and the Pituitary gland (base of skull).


Acupuncture and massage therapy work well together for treating “Frozen Shoulder” as the subscapularis muscle responds well to acupuncture and manual massage therapy.

At Risk:

  • Females

  • Ages 45-60

  • Post-Shoulder trauma/ surgery (recent or past injury/ accident)

  • Diabetes

  • Thyroid disease

  • Parkinson’s disease

  • Heart disease

Ackerman Acupuncture treats acute or chronic shoulder pain of the rotator cuff, scapula, shoulder joint, subscapularis muscle, infraspinatus muscle, supraspinatous muscle, deltoid muscles and more.

Diagnostic Imaging:

  • X-ray may reveal bone issues, such as Arthritis
  • M.R.I./ Ultrasound may reveal soft tissue issue, such as Rotator cuff tear

Tips for Home-Care:

Acupuncture treats pain due to degenerative discs, cervical spine, thoracic spine, lumbar spine and sacral area. Inflammation of the nerve root may cause pain in the shoulder, neck, back, arm or elbow and acupuncture may help relieve this pain.

Mike Ackerman, LAc is licensed by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice and nationally certified by the National Commission Certification of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM).

Mike Ackerman, LAc specializes in Sports Injury and Pain.

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Written by A Ackerman, LAc.

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Ackerman Acupuncture in Blaine treats frozen shoulder pain and decreased R.O.M.


This article is not intended to replace any health care.

No information on this site should be relied on to determine medical diagnosis or treatment for a medical condition. As with any health concerns, always be sure to consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

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