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Frozen shoulder common in menopause?

So after having a bad shoulder and not been able to lift arm up etc was diagnosed month ago with a frozen shoulder have had 3 Physio sessions so far...  Joined group on Facebook for people suffering with this and first post I see is it could be related to menopause?  Menopausal adhesive capsulitus?.  Anyone heard of this ?....

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Hi sunshinegirl100 

I've had this, it's been flipping miserable. It has travelled down from my shoulder into my elbow and the fingers next to my little finger. I'm seeing a natural therapist and last week had my first Bowen therapy session which has helped so much. I can't take anti inflams as I have Barrets Oesophagus and IBS. I had a total hysterectomy in October 2014 and have had lots of aching joints and muscles since. I have heard that menopausal women can have a hard time. Frozen shoulder & bad backs seem to be the most common. I can't bear being offered strong painkillers etc by Dr. I prefer a more long term natural approach. 

I hope this helps, best wishes. 

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Thanks for your reply and sorry to hear you are suffering to.  I don't like  taking tablets so also refused painkillers.   Can I ask what Bowen therapy is ?   Best wishes 


Hi again 😊

I've copied and pasted the information below for you about Bowen Therapy.  Have a look & see what you think  there's also loads of information if you google it.  I just thought it had to be worth a try and it was.

The Bowen Technique is a remedial, hands-on therapy that is applied using very gentle pressure. The practitioner uses thumbs and fingers on precise points of the body to perform Bowen's unique sets of rolling-type moves which stimulate the muscles and soft tissue of the body.

The Bowen Technique- The Bowen Technique › what-is-bowen

Best wishes to you. 

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I also had a frozen shoulder at the time of menopause and read that it is very common during this time. Mine was extremely painful and I only had about 30% of my normal range. The doctor recommended physical therapy, but the exercises seemed to inflame the area and make it worse. The only thing that helped was the ultrasound massage. So I believe that the Bowen Technique that was mentioned above, could have been very helpful for me if it was done gently.


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