Ice vs Heat for Treating Frozen Shoulder

Use ice and heat to deal with your frozen shoulder.

When dealing with frozen shoulder pain (adhesive capsulitis) it's hard to know what temperature based treatment would be the best option. You might be wondering if ice and heat will work for you, or maybe even which will work better - ice OR heat.

Icing and heating are 2 of the most natural treatment options available. Compared to medications, surgery and other treatment methods - icing and heating have been around for centuries and have always been used for frozen shoulder and shoulder injury healing as a means to soothe and heal.

We understand that it can get pretty confusing to figure out what conservative treatment method will work best with all of the treatment options available to you today. To get started, you should think about the benefits you'll get from using these treatments.

What's Better to Treat Your Frozen Shoulder Pain:
Ice or Heat?

Ice and heat are the best treatment combination for you if:

  • You're looking to heal your frozen shoulder / shoulder bursitis / biceps tendonitis / rotator / impingement quickly and want to boost the natural power of pain relief and healing in your body. Perhaps you want to get rid of shoulder pain or bone spur pain and inflammation
  • You don't want to repeatedly pay the cost (both from your wallet and time needed for long-term healing) of injections, medications, hospital visits. Perhaps you want to try and avoid surgery - an option you want to avoid if at all possible.
  • You want to prevent your injury from worsening.
  • You want to prevent any future re-injury, pain, tear or swelling in your shoulder.
  • You want to control your own treatment and healing at home, on your own time.
  • You're looking for a tried, tested, and true method of healing that thousands of shoulder injury sufferers have used successfully.
What's better for your shoulder injury? Ice or heat?

Combining cold and warmth is a simple yet effective way to get immediate pain relief and promote long-term healing. In your lifetime you've probably had your mom, family doctor, nurse, surgeon or physical therapist tell you to use ice right after you're injured and something warm from time to time once the swelling's gone down. It's a simple yet very effective way to relieve pain and promote healing in your shoulder.

Frozen shoulder can happen to anyone, and right now there are thousands of doctors and physical therapists dealing with patients that require a solution to treat their shoulder injury fast and heal it (where possible).

If you want to be proactive about properly dealing with your frozen shoulder, speak to your doctor about adding conservative temperature treatments to your recovery with AidMyFrozenShoulder's system using a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and Circulation Boost with a Shoulder TShellz Wrap.

Increased Blood Flow => More Oxygen, More Nutrients and Less Toxins => Faster Healing

Note: If you have an Acute (recent, inflamed) Soft Tissue Injury, Do Not Use Heat.

Your doctor knows that the sooner cold is applied, the quicker you can reduce inflammation and achieve real pain relief. This will help reduce the chance of a much longer lasting chronic injury. Heat and inflammation are a bad mix and should not be used together. Heat is good at the spa - it will help your body relax, but when it comes to an injury it is not a good idea.

When To Use Cold:

  • 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling to stop tissue damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
  • After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury.
  • Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you feel your shoulder has been over-extended, over-worked, twisted, strained or sprained causing pain and swelling.
  • Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
  • Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your shoulder and surrounding tissue.

When to use a Shoulder TShellz Wrap (HEAT):

  • When the swelling is gone (usually after applying cold compression to the injury over 24 to 48 hr period).
  • BEFORE getting out of bed in the morning. BEFORE going to bed at night.
  • BEFORE exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to increase elasticity of the ligaments & tendons and decrease chance of re-injury.
  • AFTER surgery (once the skin wound has healed over) to increase post-surgery healing rate and minimize scar tissue growth at the surgery location.
  • Anytime BEFORE you feel you might undertake activity that will put significant strain on the injury area.
  • Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to your injury to relax your shoulder, relieve trigger point pain / spasms, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.

Here Are A Couple Of Examples Regarding the Use of Cold (Ice) Or Heat:

You have Stage 1 Frozen Shoulder.

Over the last 2 months, you have felt your shoulder stiffening and the increased pain and discomfort at night is interrupting your sleep patterns. You went to your physician 1 week ago and have received a stage 1 frozen shoulder diagnosis.

You should use COLD on your shoulder multiple times per day (as advised by your physician) to help ease the pain. Further to this, we advise you use a couple pillows to prop your arm up to a more comfortable position during sleep.

use pillow for shoulder pain when sleeping

You Are in Stage 3 of Frozen Shoulder - the "Thawing Stage"

It has been just over 2 years since you have last painted on the canvas and since it was such a nice morning, you got out your easel out of the basement and started painting once again. You know your shoulder isn't as limber as it was, but you aren't feeling much pain as you are working the brush. You stopped for lunch and now you feel a dull ache in your shoulder. You decide to not return to painting until your shoulder feels better (you stopped the activity that caused the ache).

If the pain level is low, use heat (a TShellz Wrap®) to relieve the dull ache in your shoulder(s) and help stimulate your body's healing process.

If the pain level is quite high, use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to get the pain and swelling down.

T•Shellz Wrap Shoulder

The next time to choose to undertake an activity in stage 3 of frozen shoulder, use the Shoulder TShellz Wrap® about an hour before undertaking the activity. We suggest to do this as the TShellz Wrap® treatment will help increase flexibility and elasticity of the shoulder - allowing you to undertake the activity with a reduced risk of re-injury.

Use cold after any sort of activity causes you on-going pain.

When Should You Use A Shoulder TShellz Wrap® To Treat Your Frozen Shoulder?

Circulatory Boost treatments work best to increase blood flow circulation and stimulate healing for older (chronic) injuries, re-injuries (after swelling has been reduced) and during long-term post surgery recovery. When dealing with a frozen shoulder condition, the TShellz Wrap® should be used in stage 2 and 3 but not in stage 1.

Circulatory Boost should not be used directly after an injury, as you must wait for swelling to drop. Circulatory Boost treatments should not be started for a least 2 weeks after surgery because inflammation levels will be very high as the healing process starts over again. Any use of Circulatory Boost should also be combined with gradual movement to stretch out your shoulder and increase range of motion.

Back Shoulder Treatment View TShellz Wrap

If you have a chronic shoulder injury that keeps getting re-injured you should use a Shoulder TShellz Wrap before activity to loosen up your tissue (making it more flexible). This treatment is shown to increase the elasticity (flexibility) of the soft tissue in and around the treatment area, making it more pliable for activity and less likely to re-injure.

Sometimes we feel pain while doing a certain activity - should you still use Circulatory Boost? Using a TShellz Wrap in the morning before you start your day or before activity can help to boost blood-flow and reduce risk of further strain or injury. Use cold part-way through your day after you have been active so you can decrease pain and inflammation from the flare up.

Using a Shoulder TShellz Wrap® is a good long-term plan because it will help stimulate healing and can also be used on a preventive basis to relax constricted soft tissue. Circulatory Boost enhances the local blood circulatory system, increasing the flow of nutrients your tissue needs to heal - oxygen and nutrients (basically energy).

What Makes the Shoulder TShellz Wrap Different?

The TShellz Wrap is a wholesome healer!

With regular use of the Shoulder TShellz Wrap:

  • Your pain will be reduced.
  • Due to the effect of heat and increased blood flow, damaged tissue will heal at an accelerated rate while reducing your risk of re-injury.
  • Your shoulder will be expected to have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. ( link Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)

Our high quality wraps are registered with the FDA as medical devices which meet high manufacturing standards.

How to Use Ice and Heat to Relieve Your Frozen Shoulder Pain

The main symptoms of frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) are stiffness, pain and decreased range of motion. Usually you wind up not being able to lift your arm up over your head or away from your body. Being unable to move your shoulder in these ways will majorly interefere with everyday tasks like getting dressed, driving, working or reaching for anything.

Frozen shoulder pain will get very intense.

With an injury like frozen shoulder, muscle spasms and scar tissue build-up around your shoulder joint capsule are major problems. These things cause pain and stiffness making it so you don't WANT to move your shoulder. Then when you keep your arm still, the pain and stiffness gets worse. Eventually you won't be able to move your arm at all.

There are 3 stages that you go through with a frozen shoulder injury - 'freezing', 'frozen' and 'thawing'. Each stage causes new symptoms in your shoulder and requires a different combination of ice and heat to relieve the pain, decrease the stiffness, speed up your natural healing and increase your range of motion.

There's a Unique Formula used for Recovery from a Frozen Shoulder Injury...

We're going to let you in on the secret to healing frozen shoulder injuries... The vicious cycle of 'freezing', 'frozen', and 'thawing' will repeat itself over and over again if you don't use conservative treatments to add to your healing at home and make sure your shoulder heals right the first time.

We have a Professional 3-Step Treatment Formula that will break this cycle for you:

Step 1 - Use Cold in the 'Freezing' Stage

During this 'freezing', painful, stage your shoulder joint gradually becomes very stiff as a result of muscle spasms and scar tissue that binds the soft tissue in your shoulder tigether and tigether. Over time you'll notice a decrease in your range of motion. Your pain may be worse at night when you're sleeping or at any time when you sleep on your side.

The 'freezing' stage can last 1 to 9 months.

Application of cold during the initial period of this 'freezing' stage will naturally relieve your pain and numb tissue to decrease pain and swelling. It will also reduce the amount of damage that happens to your rotator cuff and shoulder joint capsule tissue, which decreases the amount of scar tissue that builds up in your joint. Start with a 20 minute cold treatment whenever you notice the pain from your shoulder joint tissue 'freezing' in place. You might find it helpful to also use cold after activity, in the middle of the night if you're in too much pain to sleep, or any other time where your shoulder is throbbing in sharp pain.

Step 2 - Use LEC Response® (via a Shoulder TShellz Wrap®) in the 'Frozen' Stage

The pain you initially felt during the 1st stage will gradually start to drop off as your shoulder joint becomes 'frozen' in place. The inflammation will decrease as the scar tissue around your shoulder joint capsule gets harder. This fast build up of scar tissue will increase stiffness in your shoulder and will limit your movement entirely. You may notice the stiffness and discomfort of your frozen shoulder injury gets worse with any type of normal daily task or activity you try to perform. Your shoulder will feel like it's 'sticking' in place.

The 'frozen' stage can last 4 months to 1 months.

This is the ideal time to incorporate the use of the Localized Enhanced Circulatory Response® process through application of a Shoulder TShellz Wrap, to bring more blood flow into your shoulder joint. This blood flow will help to soften the scar tissue (making it a lot less hard and rigid) while increasing the flexibility of all of the soft tissue in your shoulder.

The Shoulder TShellz Wrap® = Circulation Boost

A TShellz Wrap® treatment helps increase elasticity of soft tissue, stimulate blood flow & reduce risk of reinjury due to overstrain.

Use a Shoulder TShellz Wrap for 10 to 20 minutes before starting your day or performing any activity. A Shoulder TShellz Wrap will promote localized enhanced circulation - meaning that it will increase the blood flow to your shoulder while warming up and relaxing your constricted tissue.

Continued treatment with a Shoulder TShellz Wrap® will also deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients and water (basically energy) to your shoulder. This will boost your own body's natural healing ability while the heat helps reduce your risk of further strains - in most cases this should help keep you on the path to a prompt recovery .

The Perfect Shoulder Recovery Wrap

Step 3 - Continue Using Your Shoulder TShellz Wrap in the 'Thawing' Stage

Frozen Shoulder Treatment Wrap

This is the last stage of your frozen shoulder injury. As you get through this stage you'll notice your shoulder pain will decrease drastically as the scar tissue in your joint begins to loosen up. Your stiffness will start to go away and you'll be able to regain the range of motion in your shoulder over time.

Much like the 'freezing' stage (where the scar tissue is building up) this stage of your injury can be very painful as the scar tissue begins to break down. Using a Shoulder TShellz Wrap during this stage is crucial for your overall recovery. When there is inflammation or a lot of pain, use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack .

You'll need to continue using cold to reduce your pain and prevent any further injury to your shoulder. However, the Shoulder TShellz Wrap® is also essential to make sure that your shoulder continues to recover. Use the Shoulder TShellz Wrap treatments before activity, and a Cold Compress or Ice Pack after to speed up your recovery process and reduce re-injury risk to your shoulder.

The 'thawing' and recovery stage can last 5 months to 3 years.

Our Frozen Shoulder Formula is
Proven to Work!

It may seem hard to believe, but our Shoulder TShellz Wraps® will assist you in recovering from your injury by reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain and maximizing blood flow where it's needed most.

Here at AidMyFrozenShoulder we pride ourselves in helping you with your healing and recovery process. Everyone at AidMyFrozenShoulder has tested and used the products, finding solutions to conditions that do not fit into the norm. This dedication to our customers and our products goes hand-in-hand with our guarantees to you as a customer:

  • Guarantee #1 - Use your products diligently for up to 60 days and you will experience a significant reduction in pain. If not, I encourage you to send back the items for a 100% refund.
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  • Guarantee #2 - You will not be left in the dark after purchasing any product from us. AidMyFrozenShoulder Advisers and Product Specialists are available 5 days a week by toll free phone 1-866-237-9608 or email to answer your questions or concerns.
  • Guarantee #3 - Your order is guaranteed to be shipped within 24 hours on every business day.
  • Guarantee #4 - All purchases receive a one year, full replacement warranty with guaranteed, prompt service.
  • Guarantee #5 - You could easily save hundreds of dollars and probably much more, by utilizing our products and getting back to work sooner.

We are very confident our TShellz Wraps and exercise ebook products will assist you in recovering from your injury by reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain, maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and increasing the flexibility / range of motion of your shoulder with consistent, safe stretching.

Yes, they are that good. See for yourself.

The TShellz Wraps® are FDA Registered Medical Devices, and are suitable for use in therapeutic clinics. Since they are completely safe for patients to use themselves as instructed, they are now available for use at home.

The TShellz Wrap® Shell is made of high quality neoprene. This neoprene shell helps shape the flexible Energy Pad to mold around the contours of the joint, ensuring there is an even distribution of energy emitted within the coverage area.

Once treatment is complete, you also have the option of tightening the straps to provide light compression support for your injured joint. You can also unplug the device from the power supply enabling you to move around the home, office or clinic freely and still use the wrap for support and comfort.

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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!


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