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The Frozen Shoulder Workbook: Trigger Point Therapy for Overcoming Pain and Regaining Range of Motion [Paperback]

Clair Davies
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30 Sep 2006
Author Clair Davies' own case of frozen shoulder led him to undertake an extensive study of trigger points and referred pain that eventually resulted in his runaway best-seller, "The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook". Now, this renowned bodywork expert and educator revisits the subject of frozen shoulder, offering the most detailed and comprehensive manual yet available about this painful and debilitating condition, a useful resource for self-care and for bodywork practitioners looking to expand their treatment repertoire. Frozen shoulder, the syndrome name for several joint and tendon-related symptoms, is experienced as a loss of motion and pain in the shoulder and upper arm. It is most often observed in women between the ages of forty and sixty and individuals with type-two diabetes. Traditional medical treatments for the condition, which rely on painkillers, steroid injections and physical therapy, often do little to moderate symptoms or speed recovery. Trigger point therapy, a gentle massage technique that targets localised areas of tenderness in soft tissue, has been used very successfully to relieve pain, restore range of motion and shorten recovery times.

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: New Harbinger Publications (30 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 157224447X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1572244474
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.7 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 224,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A well-written exposition on a difficult subject. --Daniel J. Wallace, MD, clinical professor of medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Medicine

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If you’re enduring the misery of a frozen shoulder, you need to know that "adhesive capsulitis" is almost always a mistaken diagnosis. Unless your shoulder has been "frozen" for several months or years, adhesions haven’t had time to form. Unfortunately, most of what you hear from the medical establishment and find on the internet is outdated, parroted dogma about adhesive capsulitis.

Your shoulder pain and stiffness is almost certainly caused by myofascial trigger points (tiny contraction knots) in muscles associated with the shoulder. Trigger points are easily treated, and good results usually come very quickly. These are medically proven facts, although very few medical schools teach them as yet, and most doctors are still out of the loop.

Even so, thousands of physicians, physical therapists, and massage therapists have studied trigger point therapy independently and are using it to successfully treat shoulder pain and frozen shoulder.

Don’t let inertia, lack of knowledge, or someone else’s skepticism keep you from doing your own research. Try the therapy yourself and find out for yourself whether it works. Trigger point massage is such a simple therapy that most people are able to treat themselves.

Don’t buy the myth that you have to endure this misery for a year or longer. (I cured my own frozen shoulder in four weeks.) If you have the initiative to assimilate and apply the information contained in The Frozen Shoulder Workbook, there’s a good chance you can cure your own frozen shoulder.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Even my physio is impressed! 17 Dec 2009
What an amazingly useful book! I was in so much pain that I was barely managing anything but work, my social life had disappeared and I couldn't use that arm for even basic tasks. My physiotherapist had given up and referred me on, my GP, who told me I might have to just live like this for the next 2 - 5 years (a thought I couldn't bear) wanted to refer me for a cortisone injection or keyhole surgery - neither of which are guaranteed to make any difference. This book was my last attempt to avoid those.
It's some of the best money I've ever spent. I thoroughly recommend anyone with a frozen shoulder try it - 2 weeks later I no longer have to lie down as soon as I get in from work, I've been out 4 nights in the last week and I'm enjoying life again. I'm not pain free yet, but it's manageable and I have almost 100% movement back in the mornings, maybe 85% overall, and when my shoulder stiffens up again, I've learnt the tools to release it.
You have to be committed to working on the problem, it's not a pain-free solution (although it's much more manageable pain) and it's a complicated book to follow at times. My only criticism is that it would have been useful to have a quick "how to" guide and not have to plough through all the technical terms and anatomy.
Everyone with a frozen shoulder should be given the strategies in this book - it would save years of pain for the patient and a huge amount of money for the NHS!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Having suffered from a frozen shoulder now for two and a half years I decided to buy this book to see for myself if there is anything I can do, apart from the classic exercises that physiotherapists prescribe, to help resolve the problem. The book has been very useful for me as it has helped me to understand in great detail the anatomy of the shoulder, the probable causes of my frozen shoulder and, even though it's too early for me to say if the trigger point therapy will cure me completely, it certainly seems to have helped up to now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'm not complaining 25 April 2011
By lynsey adams VINE VOICE
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I have had two frozen shoulders in the past, one of which I was in agony with for over a year before I literally had to beg for an injection, the first of which didn't work, but the second did, (with what seemed miraculous results compared to the pain). Ten years on the shoulder is better, but still aches in cold weather or after driving, and I think twice before carrying anything. I don't think I'll ever have back 100% movement.

Four years after the first, the other side showed major signs of going the same way, and I managed to get an injection within a few months (it took two goes again) rather than go down the normally prescribed route of painkllers and physiotherapy - which didn't work the first time round anyway. Even so, those few months were very painful and distressing.

So recently when my left shoulder started to show definite signs of being 'frozen' again, I knew what I was in for if I didn't do something about it fast.

I bought this book on the strength of the reviews, but as others have said, there is a lot of technical information to get through. At first glance, the author seems to spend a lot of time telling us why conventional treatments are useless - and it's true, some are. (Physiotherapy did absolutely nothing for me, and I ws informed that manipulation under anaesthetic could break my arm. So no thanks). But I did feel this criticism was a bit overdone, although I can see why the author wants to promote his own treatment.

I found it difficult to locate my 'trigger points'. The very nature of frozen shoulder, especially at the stage where, besides the internal shoulder pain and lack of movement, your whole arm feels so tender that even the skin itself seems unbearably sore to the touch, makes you want to instinctively rub it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource Book 28 Dec 2009
This is an excellent resource for working to "unfreeze" a frozen shoulder... I worked with my physical therapist and in addition to normal exercises that did not work for the author, the combination offered me a complete recovery from the frozen shoulder in six weeks. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who suffers from a frozen shoulder. I have also subsequently ordered the trigger point therapy book for the complete body. I look forward to alleviating some other pains. Thanks to the author for sharing treatment alternatives. I highly recommend this workbook.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great detail 4 Dec 2010
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I bought this book out of desperation as I was in agony with Frozen Shoulder. It does take sometime to read and get your head around the technical stuff, and I found myself going over it quite a few times, but as I couldn't move with pain I gave it the time it needed. You can jump chapters and get straight to the necessary bits, but I think it's worth reading it all to get the whole picture. I found the tennis ball treatments to be worth buying the book for. I also bought the Theta cane to help locate the trigger points, but found the tennis ball to be just as good. You have to get used to the idea that you will have to do the exercises daily, constantly and it's painful, but Frozen shoulder is agony no matter what you do or don't do. I can say that I did find it helpful, but I also had 3 treatments with a Chiropractor who knew exactly how to hit the trigger points and that made a huge difference. My pain has now gone but my arm is still "stuck", I was hoping that like the author, I could get my arm working and functioning like normal within weeks, but it's now nearly 5 months since my shoulder Froze and it hasn't budged, but I'm glad that I bought this book as it did help me a lot.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fantastic book, helped with my recovery! Highly recommend getting your hands on this!
Published 19 days ago by phillip birk
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit complicated, but pressure points help
This is a very thorough and in-depth manual. hard work reading through it all, but it helps to understand your problem. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Chalk999
3.0 out of 5 stars Worth a read
I bought this book because I am suffering with a frozen shoulder. A very technical book for the lay person but none the less interesting and thought provoking especially as... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mrs B House
5.0 out of 5 stars The Frozen Shoulder Workbook.
Given as a present to a friend in agony. This was very imformative and easy to read with plenty of practical help for solutions. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Michelline
5.0 out of 5 stars Self help worked
I had suffered with shoulder pain in the left shoulder for over two years and when I went to my doctor he said I had degeneration of the shoulder joint (no X-rays etc just his... Read more
Published on 10 May 2012 by Auriga
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!
This book is very thorough yet very easy to follow. I have learnt so much from it and I have had huge personal benefit from the self treatment recommendations, as well as helping... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by Debs
4.0 out of 5 stars The Frozen Shoulder Workbook
I don't think GP's know enough about this condition that was my reason for purchasing this book

This book has been very helpful and informative and the excersises they... Read more
Published on 6 Mar 2011 by M. Rees
4.0 out of 5 stars the frozen shoulder workbook
it is still early days with the exercises reccommended, but it surely has helped,and the shoulder eases somewhat.
Published on 29 Nov 2009 by C. Spence
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