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Wrinkles BS: Frozen Shoulder fixes? (20) BS:HELP: Frozen Shoulder fixes? 03 Jan 05

Anyone else out there "recovered" from frozen shoulder (aka: adhesive capsulitus)with any tips or exercises for overcoming the nerve pain caused by prolonged finger stretching?

For those who don't know Frozen Shoulder is a condition suffered by post-menopaual women - the shoulder literaly freezes up and it's very painful. Eventually with physio one can recover most movement (I've got 71% back meself) but it never fully heals (unless you get your shoulder dislocated and popped back in - the NHS will only do this under General Anesthesia for Nurses and Sportswomen, musicians just ain't on the acceptable list).

The main problem afterwards is some repetitive movements cause increasing nerve pain.

In my case, although I'm OK on the mandolin or just struming chords on the guitar, when I play my fave instrument which I aslo play the best - the bouzouki - the repeated finger stretching causes increasing pain and loss of sensation in the left hand and I have to stop playing - after maybe only 2 or three tunes.

Enough time for a floor-spot, but not enough to go gigging again :-(

So if anyone out there knows any way of minimising this pain, enough to let one go gigging again, I'd be really grateful indeed ;-)


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