This affects many people around 50 years of age. Moving the arm in any direction is difficult and results in pain at the shoulder. There are a few ways to treat frozen shoulder depending on the severity. One way is to use the acupuncture point “zhou liao” (肘髎) can help you relieve your pain at home.
To locate the “zhou liao” (肘髎) point, bend your arm 90 degrees. On the inside of the elbow, move up a thumbnail’s width onto the upper arm (at the edge of the humerus bone) apply pressure and massage this spot for 3-5 minutes. You should experience a tingling feeling (if you have periarthritis or a frozen shoulder).
You can do this many times a day. If your shoulder is sensitive during cold or windy weather, you can use moxa for 10 minutes to warm this specific spot. The application of acupuncture needles by a trained acupuncturist will help tremendously. It may seem unusual to treat shoulder pain by using the elbow, but the body is interconnected in many, many ways.
Jane Rong Rohrs, L.Ac.
Using knowledge of the ages to treat patients in the present.