“Frozen shoulder” is a medical anomaly, an idiopathic occurrence. Idiopathic means a “spontaneous” condition with no known cause. Why would any human body “freeze” a joint like the shoulder, even if there is no tear or obvious physical injury to be found?
My working theory on frozen shoulder, having worked with quite a few frozen shoulder clients in my private practice since 2008, is that this condition has more to do with the nervous system than anything purely physical. And under the umbrella of the nervous system, I’ve observed a pattern that made itself known when client after client opened up to me about their histories.
And, under the umbrella of “loss” or bearing pain, another pattern emerged: unexpressed or unprocessed grief.
Many of these clients were/are extremely self aware. They’ve done the therapy and growth work necessary to make sense of their past and live in the present. And…there’s always been a palpable undercurrent of emotion disguising itself quite brilliantly as intellectual capacity, as strength, endurance and a persevering self-reliance.
The clients of mine that recovered full range of motion in their shoulders also recovered and integrated their full range of E-motion.
Sometimes, there can be an underlying nervous system pattern that’s still operating even though my client has explored their emotions and worked through them.
Watch the video for my take on frozen shoulder, and if you are arriving to this blog post with a current frozen shoulder condition, then here’s what I recommend:
Please keep in mind that I’m sharing this in the hopes it is helpful, and I in way think this is the only possible cause of frozen shoulder. I’m sharing the patterns I have seen in my private practice, and I am open to being wrong.
I’d love to hear from you! Do you think this is a viable working theory? Do you or someone you know have frozen shoulder? If so, what are your thoughts on this theory and where are you at on the healing journey right now?
I look forward to reading your comments!
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