5 ways to treat those frozen shoulders

Written by Shriya Sinha | Published : February 9, 2019 1:27 PM IST



Stiff and painful shoulders can make it difficult to do normal functions with ease. It can make You uncomfortable to the point that you may feel your shoulder is hanging heavy on your body. Frozen shoulder affects 40-60-year-old individuals who may be suffering from diseases like diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, hyperthyroidism which results in inflammation. A direct blow or an injury to your shoulder can also result in frozen shoulders. Any further movement can worsen the situation all together. Here are few exercises that can help you improve the mobility of your shoulders and treat the frozen condition. Before doing any of these movements please make sure to warm up you shoulder muscles as it will help restore the blood supply and keep injures at bay.


Cross Body Reach

Cross body reach: Lift your affected arm’s elbow using the unaffected arm. Bring your affected arm to cross your body by folding it back. Now interlock your other arm at your back. Hold this position for 10-20 minutes every day. Stretch only as much as you can bear.  Also Read - Understanding Nervous Breakdowns: Exploring Intense Mental Distress


Finger Stretch

Finger walk: Starting at your waist level stretch your arms to place your fingertips on the wall. Now slightly bend your arms. Now slowly and steadily walk with your fingers upwards on the wall. Go as high as you can but without straining your shoulders. Repeat this exercise for 10-20 minutes.



The pendulum stretch: Stand with relaxed shoulders. Now rotate the affected arm in circular motions gently. Repeat the movement 10 times in each direction. Gradually with practice the speed can be increased, and weights can be added.  Also Read - Enhance Your Brain Power With These 5 Yoga Poses


Shoulder Stretch

Towel stretch: Hold one end of a small towel and while holding it bring it towards your back. Now grab the bent elbow to bend it to the other side gently. Do this with the other hand. Repeat this movement with both your arms for 10 to 20 minutes.