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Overcoming Frozen Shoulder: Strategies for Recovery

Overcoming Frozen Shoulder: Strategies for Recovery

Last year, I experienced the agony of a frozen shoulder, compounded by my allergy to most pain medications. With a commitment to natural healing, I embarked on a journey to alleviate my pain, and a year later, I am living pain-free.

Frozen shoulder is a common affliction, predominantly affecting people aged 40 to 65, and more commonly women. While the exact cause remains elusive, some attribute it to injury, diabetes, cardiac, thyroid, and autoimmune diseases, and even menopause. Regardless of its origin, addressing the underlying cause and adopting healthy habits are essential for reversing its effects.

My own experience with a frozen shoulder began when I transitioned to a new office space. The adjustment of office furniture, particularly a standing desk of incorrect height, led to weeks of typing in awkward positions and eventual injury. Prompt medical attention and office adjustments were crucial in mitigating further damage.

With the root cause identified, I focused on complete recovery. Following my doctor's advice, I allowed myself ample rest, minimizing typing and prioritizing self-care. Leveraging modern technology, I explored alternative methods of transcription, such as audio recording and automated editing with tools like Descript and ChatGPT.

Additionally, I incorporated wearable technology like the FlexBeam, which administers red light therapy for pain relief. I reached out to the company’s CEO, and she graciously sent me a protocol for frozen shoulder, which I followed religiously. Complemented by heating pads, ice packs, and regular visits to my physical therapist and chiropractor, I experienced significant improvement. Daily exercise, particularly swimming, also played a pivotal role in restoring mobility to my shoulder.

Recognizing the interconnectedness of shoulder and neck injuries, I adjusted my workspace ergonomics to ensure proper posture and frequent breaks. Maintaining a healthy typing level, with elbows at a right angle and feet flat on the floor, and incorporating regular stretching breaks throughout the workday have been instrumental in preventing recurrence.

What are your strategies for maintaining a healthy posture and ergonomic workspace?

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