Ice vs Heat for Treating Frozen Shoulder
When dealing with frozen shoulder pain (adhesive capsulitis) it's hard to know what treatment will work best for you. You might be wondering if ice and heat will work for you. Or maybe even which will work better - ice OR heat.
Icing and heating are 2 of the most natural treatment options available. Compared to medications, surgery and other treatment methods - icing and heating have been around for centuries and have always been used for frozen shoulder and shoulder injury healing as a means to soothe and heal.
We understand that it can get pretty confusing to figure out what conservative treatment method will work best with all of the treatment options available to you today. To get started, you should think about the benefits you'll get from using these therapies.
What's Better to Treat Your Frozen Shoulder Pain:
Ice or Heat?
Ice and heat are the best treatment combination for you if:
- You're looking to heal quickly and want to boost the natural power of pain relief and healing in your body.
- You don't want to repeatedly pay the cost (both from your wallet and time needed for long-term healing) of injections, medications, hospital visits or surgery.
- You want to prevent any future injury, pain, sprain, strain, pull, spasm, tear or trigger point pain to your frozen shoulder.
- You want to control your own treatment and healing at home, on your own time.
- You're looking for a tried, tested, and true method of healing that's been used for centuries and has worked for countless other frozen shoulder pain sufferers.
How to Use Superior Temperature Treatments to Heal & Relieve Pain from Your Frozen Shoulder Injury!
Combining cold and warmth is a simple yet effective way to get immediate pain relief and promote long-term healing. In your lifetime you've probably had your mom, family doctor, nurse, surgeon or physical therapist tell you to use ice right after you're injured and something warm from time to time once the swelling's gone down. It's a simple yet very effective way to relieve pain and promote healing in your shoulder.
Frozen shoulder can happen to anyone, and right now there are thousands of doctors and physical therapists dealing with patients that require a solution to treat their shoulder injury fast and heal it (where possible).
If you want to be proactive about properly dealing with your frozen shoulder, speak to your doctor about adding conservative temperature treatments to your recovery with AidMyFrozenShoulder's system using a Cold Compression ColdCure Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ with a BFST Wrap®.
The AidMyFrozenShoulder at-home temperature therapy healing system gives you:
- Products that are approved by the FDA for use in the hospital or at home.
- A Cold compression Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® that relieves pain, inflammation and swelling fast with consistent cold temperatures that WON'T reach temperatures so low that it causes cryoburn (like ice or blue gel packs full of anti-freeze and chemicals).
- Food-grade, non-toxic gel packs that can be chilled in the fridge or freezer.
- A Shoulder BFST Wrap® with deeply penetrating Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ right into your deep rotator cuff tissue where you need treatment most (unlike other methods that just heat your skin - like hot water bottles, hot baths, etc.)
- Medical-grade, soft, plush, neoprene wraps that meet ISO 10993 biocompatibility testing - providing the safest product for cold compression and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ treatment.
- A Treatment Formula used by physical therapists and doctors - with a BFST Wrap® used to increase blood flow circulation before activity and a ColdCure Wrap® used to relieve pain / swelling after activity.
These tools will help you achieve long-term healing results and prevent re-injury.
Not Sure How to Use Ice and Heat to Treat Your Frozen Shoulder?
We Have Answers that can Help...
The goal of this webpage is to give people the information they need to use simple, effective, natural treatments like ice and heat to heal their injury.
We can give you the information you need to understand how to use temperature therapy (at home) to relieve your pain and heal your frozen shoulder injury. If you want to discuss options with one of our trained AidMyFrozenShoulder Advisers call our office toll-free at 1-866-237-9608 or Internationally at +1-705-445-3505.
There is no cost or obligation to this service.
We all want to begin healing as quickly as possible and with the right information, it can happen sooner than you think (it has for thousands of others who took the time to contact us).
You can be assured we will do our best to answer any question or concern you have. Living with frozen shoulder is never easy and we can help to provide answers about prevention, causes, treatment options, and ways to manage your injury for the short and long term.
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Which is Better for Treating Frozen Shoulder:
Ice or Heat?
People get confused with how ice and heat work to relieve pain and heal. They also get confused with which temperature treatment is better for their injury and how to get the right amount of "ice" or "heat" for effective treatment.
When it comes to using ice and heat for treating a frozen shoulder injury, it's important to keep in mind that both ice AND heat are very effective ways to relieve pain and heal. Most people will think one is better over the other from their own experience or what a doctor / physical therapist has previously told them.
The only difference between using ice and heat is that 1 is better for you at a specific time in your healing cycle and whether your frozen shoulder injury is at the 'freezing', 'frozen' or 'thawing' stage. Ice is used first, right when you get your injury (during the 'freezing' stage), to decrease pain / swelling and inflammation. Ice is also essential when your frozen shoulder starts to heal in the 'thawing stage', as your pain spikes while you regain movement of your shoulder.
Heat comes later, to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate the body's healing response. Heat is also the best treatment when you're experiencing extreme limitation of movement in your shoulder - during the 'frozen' stage of your injury. Heat relaxes the scar tissue surrounding your shoulder joint capsule, making it more pliable and flexible while speeding up the natural healing response that will eventuall 'thaw' out your injury.
So which is better?
They'll ultimately work for you in the same way. Each temperature has its own unique benefits for frozen shoulder healing, and when used togther they provide a powerful advantage to long-term healing. You may already know that ice or heat feels better on your shoulder, and this could influence your decision too.
The bottom line is that ice and heat are exceptional, natural, pain relievers and healers for your frozen shoulder injury.
There are times when frozen shoulder injuries will respond better to 1 temperature over the other. We want to help clear up the confusion so you know which is better (icy cold or gentle heat) and how to get the most from your treatment at home.
How Do You Use Ice / Cold for Frozen Shoulder Pain Relief?
COLD (ice) is used to treat injuries or conditions that are red, hot, inflamed, swollen and suffering from tissue damage (a tear or recovering from surgery). Cold therapy is a natural / organic pain reliever that numbs pain right at the source of your injury. While doing this the cold also stops cellular break-down and reduces the amount of scar tissue forming (this is very important after surgery).
Cold can Make Your Frozen Shoulder Injury Worse - How?
Applying cold can restrict blood flow and stiffen / tighten soft tissue. Cold is NOT a good treatment method for your frozen shoulder when the tissue is already tight and constricted, because the cold will just stiffen the tissue further.
A good example of this would be when you're in the 'frozen' stage of your frozen shoulder injury. During this stage your overall shoulder and arm movement is restricted to the point where you can't even raise your arm at all. Your entire shoulder feels stiff and it's painful and difficult to move. Using cold at this time will stiffen up the soft tissue in your shoulder even more making it impossible for your tissue to flex at all. If you've had frozen shoulder for a while then you're all too familiar with how stiff your shoulder can get and how impossible it can be to move it.
At these times, when your shoulder is tight with restricted range of motion, you should use a therapy that will increase blood flow, like Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®), to relax and elongate your tissue making it much more pliable.
When Should You Use Cold to Treat Your Frozen Shoulder?
Cold compression works best to relieve pain, swelling and inflammation for new injuries, re-injury and during immediate post surgery recovery. Cold therapy should also be used during the first 24 - 72 hours of treatment, combined with resting your injury.
If you've been suffering for some time with a chronic frozen shoulder injury you should only use cold after activity causes you more pain or as you regain range of motion in your shoulder (during the 'thawing' stage) and feel some pain.. This would be when your shoulder starts to hurt at the end of the day after you've been using your arm for normal, daily tasks the entire day. When used at this time cold compression becomes a natural / organic pain reliever, treating the site where you feel the pain.
Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use cold? Too much cold therapy can reduce your ability to heal correctly, because cold is a short term pain reliever not a deep tissue healer.
We put milk in the fridge so it will stay fresh longer. We do this so it will stay in the same condition as when we bought it. Your injury is no different. Too much cold will keep your injury in the same state - slowing down the healing process. This can sometimes make chronic injuries linger even longer. Heat (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™) should be used when you suffer from a chronic, tight or stiff shoulder injury and after you reduce swelling, pain and inflammation with cold.
Here are a couple of examples for when to use cold (ice):
- You have a frozen shoulder injury that's been on-going for quite some time. You're having a "good day" (your injury is feeling fine) and decide to head out for some grocery shopping. You realize afterwards that was a bad idea because your shoulder is throbbing and even more painful than the day before. You should use COLD on your shoulder to stop further damage to your joint capsule and help ease the pain.
- You have an on-going, painful frozen shoulder injury. You're in the kitchen making a cup of tea and reach in your cupboard to get a mug. You forgot about your injury but realize it's there when you can't raise your arm high enough to grab the mug... Reaching for that mug just reminded you that your arm can only move so far with a sharp pain / twinge when your arm gets 'stuck' halfway to the cupboard. You stop and ask someone else to retrieve the mug for you (you stopped the activity that will cause more tearing in your shoulder). The pain was temporary and is now gone which means NO cold compression is needed. In this case heat (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™) should be used to encourage healing of your frozen shoulder and help your tissue to relax / become more elastic in nature (so your arm won't stick as much next time).
It's crucial to use cold after any sort of activity causes you on-going pain.
When is Ice too Cold?
When are Blue Gel Packs not Cold Enough?
Ice is frozen water. That might sound like a silly statement - but water freezes at 32 degrees Fahrenheit and becomes a solid. Using ice straight out of your freezer may drop the ice to a chilling 10.4 degrees Fahrenheit. If you put something that cold on your skin (below freezing) the extreme icy cold will start to damage your cells and may burn your skin (this is something called 'cryoburn').
Ice is also a solid, making the surface hard and rigid. When you're in pain, placing a rock hard block of ice onto a painful area causes a totally uncomfortable feeling. Sometimes you'll have to hold your arm and shoulder in weird angles in order to get the ice in the exact right place where you need the cold most.
Traditional blue gel packs contain dyes and anti-freeze (a very harsh toxic chemical). With so many chemicals it's impossible for these packs to freeze at all. They only cool down a little instead of getting to cold enough temperatures for effective treatment. Without the ability to freeze how is the temperature going to provide you with the cold your need to help you? After you pull it out of the freezer is it going to actually stay cold as long as you need it? Is it safe? Liquid gel will pool away from your injury in the bottom of the bag when you put pressure on your shoulder - not providing you with cold coverage where you need it most.
The problem is, up until now there hasn't been another option to treat frozen shoulder injuries, so ice and traditional ice packs have been the only choice. Fortunately, you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late.
We've designed a cold compression wrap that gets you the cold you need, holding the cold in place over your entire shoulder and reaching cold enough temperatures for effective treatment without running the risk of burning your skin (cryoburn).
What Makes the Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® Different?
This is where the Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® stands apart. Our gel packs are made with a food-grade PVC shell, food-grade non-toxic gel, there are no dyes or chemicals and they're FDA approved medical devices.
The coolest part about the ColdCure Wrap® is the patented gel formulation that allows millions of tiny snowflakes to form inside the gel when chilled. This network of cold snowflakes in the gel gives you 3 times more cold therapy than any other traditional blue gel pack available on the market today.
Every Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® comes with 3 very large packs of gel that weigh about 1.5 lbs each to fit inside the soft neoprene shell. That's truly stunning when compared to most other wraps on the market that weigh in at only about 1lb or less... including the wrap!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your shoulder, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal muscle injuries faster and with less pain!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy = the ColdCure Wrap®
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® can get the swelling & inflammation in your shoulder under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start dealing with your frozen shoulder injury and on-going pain head on.
Use a Cold Compression Shoulder ColdCure Wrap®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial shoulder injury or when you first notice pain and swelling to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime you feel your shoulder tissue is tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old frozen shoulder injury.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation in your shoulder.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your shoulder.
Questions about using Cold for Frozen Shoulder Pain?
Call one of our AidMyFrozenShoulder Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using cold for your frozen shoulder injury.
We're here 7 days a week to provide the information you need to heal as quickly as possible.
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How Do You Use Heat / Warm Temperatures to Heal & Recover from Frozen Shoulder?
HEAT (warmth) is used after you've reduced your swelling / inflammation and the sharp pain is less intense (you have more of a dull / nagging ache and soft tissue tightness in your shoulder). Warming up your tissue is a natural way to encourage healing of your deep tissue. Increasing the temperature of your deep tissue will result in increased blood flow circulation. It's the blood in your body that will bring oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your injured shoulder to help with healing and speed up the natural 'freezing' and 'frozen' stages of this injury.
Heat can Make Inflammation, Swelling and Newer Injuries Worse - How?
When we injure ourselves, we start healing right away. The body will naturally raise the temperature at the site of the injury resulting in the inflammatory response (redness, heat sensation, inflammation and swelling). This 'fake fever' leaks blood flow to the area to cool it down and start the healing process.
Adding 'heat' to your shoulder when it's already inflamed and tender may make your body think there's a new threat to your tissue and increase the pain in order to get you to stop. For some people applying heat on inflamed / swollen tissue will cause the injury to swell-up even more (as much as 3 times larger than normal). You'll feel even more pain as the pressure builds in your entire shoulder joint.
Heat is NOT a good treatment method for inflamed frozen shoulder injuries (during the 'freezing' stage), new injuries (within the first 24 to 72 hours), right after surgery or right after a re-injury (over-use and/or sharp, throbbing pain). In these cases, heat should be applied later on in the healing cycle. In the meantime, cold compression with a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® should be used to decrease any inflammation induced pain.
When Should You Use Heat to Heal Your Frozen Shoulder?
Heat / warming temperature treatment works best to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate healing for older (chronic) injuries, re-injury (after swelling has been reduced) and during long-term post surgery recovery. Warmer temperatures should be used approximately 3 to 5 days after you first have the injury. Heat should not be started for a least 2 weeks after surgery because inflammation levels will be very high as the healing process starts over again. Any use of heat should also be combined with gradual movement to stretch out your shoulder and increase range of motion.
Heat is critical for dealing with the 'frozen' and 'thawing' stages of your frozen shoulder injury. You should be using heat when your shoulder has limited range of motion. Espeically if your arm keeps getting 'stuck' when you try to raise your arm up and use your shoulder. Heat used at this time will relax the tissue making it more flexible. Use of heat will also speed up the natural healing process of your frozen shoulder injury.
Each stage of a frozen shoulder injury can take months or even years. You may suffer for 4 months to a year just with limited movement and stiffness in your shoulder. It usually takes another 5 months to 3 years for your frozen shoulder injury to recover naturally. Healing will be much more efficient, and tissue will remain more flexible with regular use of heat.
If you have a chronic frozen shoulder injury that keeps getting re-injured you should use heat before activity to loosen up your tissue (making it more flexible). When used at this time the warm temperatures naturally extend the elasticity (elastic-nature) the tissue surrounding your shoulder joint capsule, making it more movable / pliable for activity. BFST® treatment with a BFST Wrap® is particularly helpful for frozen shoulder.
Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use heat? Using heat in the morning before you start your day or before activity can help to boost the healing process and reduce your risk of re-injury. Too much heat (especially when you suffer a set-back with swelling / inflammation) can make your inflammation worse. Cold compression with a ColdCure Wrap® should be used part-way through your day when you suffer from on-going pain and inflammation as a natural pain-reliever.
Using heat is a good long-term plan because it will help to stimulate healing and can also be used on a preventive basis to relax constricted soft tissue. We use warm temperatures / heat to speed up the process of baking something in the oven or melting the snow outside, your injury is no different. Heat will speed up the natural healing rate in your shoulder by increasing your blood flow circulation. This in turn brings all the components your tissue needs to heal - oxygen, nutrients, anti-bodies and energy.
Here are a couple of examples for when to use warm temperatures (heat):
- You suffered from a frozen shoulder injury 2 years ago, but since then the injury has healed a little and you no longer feel pain everyday. You've regained some of your range of motion and can move your shoulder a lot better than you could 6 months ago. You started taking a new Zumba dance/exercise class and notice your shoulder feels even more stiff the day after you exercise. There's no pain, inflammation or swelling in your shoulder, just stiffness / soreness around your shoulder. You should use HEAT (Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™) on your shoulder before your exercise classes to loosen up your shoulder. Heat can be used again the next day if you notice any residual stiffness. If the stiffness remains, you should continue to use heat to make sure your old frozen shoulder injury doesn't get worse.
- You're starting to notice a very slow onset of mild pain in your shoulder that increases with movement. Eventually, when laying in bed at night, you notice the soreness in your shoulder continues. Now every night is restless with little to no sleep because of intense pain and tenderness in your shoulder. The pain keeps getting worse which means NO heat is needed. In this case cold compression with a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® should be used as a natural pain-reliever. The cold compression will also decrease the amount of damage being done to your shoulder.
Keep using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ before activity and when you notice any stiffness in your shoulder to 'warm up' your tissue and stimulate healing.
When is Heat too Hot?
When are Other Heating methods not Hot Enough?
Hot water bottles, hot baths / showers and other heating methods have been used to soothe sore joints and soft tissue forever. The problem with using traditional heating devices is that the low-level energy gets too hot for our skin but not hot enough for our deep shoulder joint tissue.
Your skin is like your armor - it's a protective shield. This means the heat energy needs to pass through your protective shield to reach deep enough into the tissue to promote blood flow for healing. Turning up the heat with hot water bottles, hot baths or other heating methods that heat up the skin first means we're trying to push the energy inside by force. It's just like when you use your oven to bake a cake for 45 minutes. The heat energy starts cooking the cake on the outside to work it's way in. You have to stick a toothepick in the cake to know when the inside's done.
Using heat when the energy is only pushing into the top layers of the skin won't give you deep tissue healing. In this case, the blood is actually rushing AWAY from your shoulder to the surface of your skin. This makes you really FEEL the heat.
If you feel the heat is the therapy really helping you on deep tissue level? NO, feeling the heat means it's only warming your outter layers of skin - much like baking a cake. There's even a condition for overuse of a skin-level heat source called toasted skin syndrome, hot water bottle rash, fire stains, laptop thigh, or granny's tartan (reference: 1).
What Makes the Shoulder BFST Wrap® Different?
This is where the BFST Wrap® is a wholesome healer!
Instead of having the heat energy force itself into your body by heating up the skin first, the Shoulder BFST Wrap® emits an electromagnetic energy that penetrates deep into your tissue creating the heat right down around your shoulder joint. This means that instead of using an oven to cook a cake from the outside in, you're using another method to cook the cake evenly from the inside out. After the timer's up you know your cake is fully-cooked without having to use a toothpick to check!
What exactly has changed the way heat therapy works? With modern medical advancements electromagnetic energy is used to generate deep tissue heat for healing with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®).
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a Shoulder BFST Wrap®. The Shoulder BFST Wrap® is the only treatment method available for use at home that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. As we mentioned before, other methods (like hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods need a LOT of time to even reach deep into your shoulder joint. And even if you were to use them this long, your skin would heat up to an uncomfortable level and you might even get burned!
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't 'feel' your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too! You're not supposed to 'feel' a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your injury, increasing the blood flow right in your frozen shoulder soft tissue.
With regular use of the Shoulder BFST Wrap®:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Your damaged tissue will heal at an accelerated rate while reducing your risk of re-injury.
- Your injury will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link) Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
Our BFST Wraps® are made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us! Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - biocompatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product for heating treatment. Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use a BFST® Shoulder BFST Wrap®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise or workouts to warm up your shoulder & prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to warm up your tissues before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel your shoulder has stiffened up, is tight and your shoulder gets stuck when you try to raise your arm up.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your injury to relax your shoulder, relieve trigger point pain / spasms, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
Questions about using Heat to Heal Your Frozen Shoulder?
Call one of our AidMyFrozenShoulder Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using heat to stimulate healing in your shoulder.
We're here 7 days a week to provide the information you need to heal as quickly as possible.
All it takes is one call - 1-866-237-9608
A Summary of How Ice & Heat Affect Your Blood Flow
Imagine you're standing in your living room at home. When the air in that room is at normal room temperature (ambient temperature), your body is in a comfortable state. Your heart rate and blood pressure are normal (or whatever 'normal' is for you').
Imagine the air has cooled down to freezing...
When the room becomes cooler your heart rate begins to slow down and your blood pressure increases. Your body does this automatically to retain heat in your body. At this time your muscles will also start to squeeze on and contract all of the veins in your body carrying blood flow. This also helps to decrease the amount of blood flowing throughout your circulatory system and retains the heat.
When cold is applied to a frozen shoulder injury, all of the soft tissue in the shoulder joint will squeeze on the veins to slow down your blood flow. This in turn clamps down on the amount of fluid leaking into your injured tissue, decreasing your swelling. This is why cold is used immediately to treat newer shoulder injuries or re-injuries. The cold slows down your body to stop the amount of damage happening to your tissue and decrease your swelling. This cold also has a nice side benefit of numbing the nerves in and around your shoulder thereby decreasing your pain.
In the medical world this is something called 'Vasoconstriction'.
Imagine the air has warmed up enough that you start sweating...
When the room becomes warmer your heart rate speeds up and your blood pressure decreases. Your body is trying to increase your blood flow to cool down your body.
When heat is applied to a frozen shoulder injury, your veins will start to get bigger (expand) to allow more blood flow through to your damaged or torn soft tissue. This in turn relaxes your shoulder joint, making the tissue more flexible and elastic. This is why heat is used on older (chronic) injuries and when your shoulder sticks (your range of motion is reduced), to loosen tissue and bring in the blood flow needed for healing. Your body will begin to heal itself after its' injured. Increasing your blood flow with heat will actually speed up this natural process.
Doctors usually call this process 'Vasodilation'.
Some other things happen when you're hot and cold...
When you're cold you'll start to shiver and your fingers, nose and/or toes will get coldest first. This again, is your body trying to retain the heat so all major organs can still function. When you're hot you'll start to sweat. Sweating is the body's natural way of cooling itself down.
Knowing when to use hot and cold and which is better for your blood flow is easy when you remember how your body reacts to cold weather vs hot weather. Both temperatures are helpful for natural frozen shoulder injury healing when used at the right time in the healing cycle.
How to Use Ice and Heat to Relieve Your Frozen Shoulder Pain
The main symptoms of frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) are stiffness, pain and decreased range of motion. Usually you wind up not being able to lift your arm up over your head or away from your body. Being unable to move your shoulder in these ways will majorly interefere with everyday tasks like getting dress, driving, working or reaching for anything.
With an injury like frozen shoulder, muscle spasms in your rotator cuff and scar tissue build-up around your shoulder joint capsule are major problems. These things cause pain and stiffness making it so you don't WANT to move your shoulder. Then when you keep your arm still, the pain and stiffness gets worse. Eventually you won't be able to move your arm at all.
There are 3 stages that you go through with a frozen shoulder injury - 'freezing', 'frozen' and 'thawing'. Each stage causes new symptoms in your shoulder and requires a different combination of ice and heat to relieve the pain, decrease the stiffness, speed up your natural healing and increase your range of motion.
There's a Unique Formula used for Recovery from a Frozen Shoulder Injury...
We're going to let you in on the secret to healing frozen shoulder injuries... The vicious cycle of 'freezing', 'frozen', and 'thawing' will repeat itself over and over again if you don't use conservative treatment to add to your healing at home and make sure your shoulder heals right the first time.
We have a Professional 3-Step Treatment Formula that will break this cycle for you:
Step 1 - Use Cold Compression in the 'Freezing' Stage
During this 'freezing', painful, stage your shoulder joint gradually becomes very stiff as a result of muscle spasms and scar tissue that binds the soft tissue in your shoulder tigether and tigether. Over time you'll notice a decrease in your range of motion. Your pain may be worse at night when you're sleeping or at any time when you sleep on your side.
The 'freezing' stage can last 1 to 9 months.
Relieve Your Pain & Swelling with a ColdCure Wrap®
Use a Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® during the initial period of this 'freezing' stage to naturally relieve your pain. The ColdCure Wrap® will numb your tissue to decrease pain and reduce any swelling. The ColdCure Wrap® will also reduce the amount of damage that happens to your rotator cuff and shoulder joint capsule tissue, which decreases the amount of scar tissue that builds up in your joint.
Start with a 20 minute treatment whenever you notice the pain from your shoulder joint tissue 'freezing' in place. You might find it helpful to also use cold after activity, in the middle of the night if you're in too much pain to sleep, or any other time where your shoulder is throbbing in sharp pain.
Each ColdCure Wrap® has non-migrating RigiGel® that keeps the cold over your shoulder where it's needed most. With 3 extra large gel packs you also have the ability to swap out gel packs to extend your cold compression treatment as long as you need to.
Step 1 - Use Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ in the 'Frozen' Stage
The pain you initially felt during the 1st stage will gradually start to drop off as your shoulder joint becomes 'frozen' in place. The inflammation will decrease as the scar tissue around your shoulder joint capsule gets harder. This fast build up of scar tissue will increase stiffness in your shoulder and will limit your movement entirely. You may notice the stiffness and discomfort of your frozen shoulder injury gets worse with any type of normal daily task or activity you try to perform. Your shoulder will feel like it's 'sticking' in place.
The 'frozen' stage can last 4 months to 1 months.
Increase Your Blood Flow with a BFST Wrap®
This is the ideal time to use Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) with a Shoulder BFST Wrap®, to bring more blood flow into your shoulder joint. This blood flow will help to soften the scar tissue (making it a lot less hard and rigid) while increasing the flexibility of all of the soft tissue in your shoulder.
Use a Shoulder BFST Wrap® for 15 to 20 minutes at least half an hour before starting your day and performing any activity. A Shoulder BFST Wrap® will promote Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) - a therapy that will increase the blood flow to your shoulder while warming up and relaxing your constricted tissue.
Continued treatment with BFST® will also deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your shoulder. This will boost your own natural healing ability and speed up your time for recovery.
Step 3 - Continue Using Your Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® & BFST Wrap® in the 'Thawing' Stage
This is the last stage of your frozen shoulder injury. As you get through this stage you'll notice your shoulder pain will decrease drastically as the scar tissue in your joint begins to loosen up. Your stiffness will start to go away and you'll be able to regain the range of motion in your shoulder over time.
Much like the 'freezing' stage (where the scar tissue is building up) this stage of your injury can be very painful as the scar tissue begins to break down. Using both the Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® during this stage is crucial for your overall recovery.
You'll need to continue using the ColdCure Wrap® to reduce your pain and prevent any further injury to your shoulder. The BFST Wrap® is also essential to make sure that your shoulder continues to recover. Combined use with BFST Wrap® treatments before activity, and ColdCure Wrap® treatments after activity will speed up your recovery process and help you to avoid re-injury to your shoulder.
The 'thawing' and recovery stage can last 5 months to 3 years.
Our Frozen Shoulder Therapy Formula is
Proven to Work!
It may seem hard to believe, but our Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® home therapy products will assist you in recovering from your injury by reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain and maximizing blood flow where it's needed most.
Here at AidMyFrozenShoulder we pride ourselves in helping you with your healing and recovery process. Everyone at AidMyFrozenShoulder has tested and used the products, finding solutions to conditions that do not fit into the norm. This dedication to our customers and our products goes hand-in-hand with our guarantees to you as a customer:
- Guarantee #1 - Use your products diligently for up to 60 days and you will experience a significant reduction in pain. If not, I encourage you to send back the items for a 100% refund.
- Guarantee #2 - You will not be left in the dark after purchasing any product from us. AidMyFrozenShoulder Advisers and Product Specialists are available 7 days a week by toll free phone 1-866-237-9608 or email to answer your questions or concerns.
- Guarantee #3 - Your order is guaranteed to be shipped within 24 hours on every business day.
- Guarantee #4 - All purchases receive a one year, full replacement warranty with guaranteed, prompt service.
- Guarantee #5 - You could save hundreds of dollars and possibly more, by utilizing our products, and getting back to work sooner.
Learn More About SUPERIOR Frozen Shoulder Treatments
Learn more about how the Shoulder ColdCure Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today.
Learn more about how the Shoulder BFST Wrap® helps with the healing process.