Can Acupuncture Cure Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen Shoulder, or Adhesive Capsulitis, is the progressive and spontaneous inflammation of the shoulder.

In acupuncture, small needles are inserted into specific points on the body to relieve pain. In a recent study published in the Hong Kong Medical Journal, thirty-five adults diagnosed with Frozen Shoulder were randomly split into either an exercise group, or an exercise plus acupuncture group, and treated for six weeks.

Patients with right-shoulder pain had the needle inserted in the left leg, and left-shoulder pain was treated with a needle in the right leg. Patients receiving acupuncture in along with shoulder exercises showed overall greater improvement in shoulder mobility.

There are some criticisms of the Hong Kong study, but as acupuncture is generally considered safe, using acupuncture to treat Frozen Shoulder is worth considering.

For further information see Acupuncture and Frozen Shoulder