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An effective treatment for Frozen Shoulder?
Bowen and Emmett Technique therapist Brian Murphy talks about his experiences treating this painful condition
Frozen shoulder – medically referred to as ‘adhesive capsulitis’ is a disorder in which the connective tissue surrounding the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and stiff, resulting in pain and restricted movement.
There can be many reasons for the onset of shoulder pain, and in some people this initial complaint leads to a chronic condition with loss of function and resulting stiffness. This happens because the initial pain causes a reluctance to use the shoulder and so the shoulder begins to ‘freeze’.
Because of this, some people become unable to perform simple tasks like washing or putting on clothing.
Conventional medical treatment might consist of anti-inflammatory medication, cortisone injections, physiotherapy and possible surgery to manipulate the joint under anaesthetic.
‘This is such a common problem and one that results in frustrating debilitation for its sufferers,’ says Brian Murphy, Bowen and Emmett Technique therapist at Woodland Herbs. ‘There has been research carried out by the European College Of Bowen Studies that showed that Bowen therapy was statistically significant in improving this condition compared to a placebo group.’
‘Overall there was a significant increased movement of the arm particularly flexion (lifting the arm out in front) and abduction (lifting it to the side) and a marked reduction in pain.’
Brian says that the findings of the study support his own experience with clients with this condition, ‘I find that not only is there generally a rapid positive change but that change is sustainable.’
Both the Bowen Technique and Emmett Technique are remedial and holistic forms of ‘hands-on’ bodywork which are suitable for all ages and body types. No manipulation and no force is used. The practitioner works on precise points of the body to stimulate the muscles, soft tissue and energy within the body. These careful moves prompt the body’s own healing response to reset imbalances and so promote relief of pain and recovery of energy. A wide range of complaints can be helped with these techniques, from chronic conditions such as asthma, MS and ME to more acute problems such as sports injuries and whiplash. The experience of a treatment is gentle, subtle and very relaxing. The body normally responds quickly to Bowen and Emmett, making them a cost and clinically effective treatment option.
Brian Murphy practises Bowen and Emmett on Thursdays from 1.30pm to 9pm, and sessions cost £40. Call 0141 564 3184 to make your appointment.