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My fats are causing me frozen shoulder!?

Frozen Shoulder, Pain Management


25 NOV 2020


What is Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder belongs to the category of “Arthralgia”, and Chinese medicine also refers to it as “Shoulder syndrome”, “Frozen shoulder” and so on.



From the perspective of Chinese medicine, we generally refer to frozen shoulders as “50s Shoulders” because many patients develop symptoms at around that age. Most of the time, the cause of this disease is due to a combination of different daily factors involving ones’ living environment, living habits, and exercise habits.


What are the causes of Frozen Shoulder?

Frozen shoulder is a manifestation of Qi and blood deficiency in TCM. If you do not have the habit of stretching exercises or your life posture is improper, and your muscles and bones are not properly stretched, your qi and blood will become weaker and weaker once you are about 50 years old. In turn, your muscles will lack nourishment easily and increase your chances of getting frozen shoulder.



In addition, inhabiting the tropical areas, eating raw and cold food will cause wind, cold, and damp evil to invade the blood and impede the long-term movement of the shoulder. Such internal damage will cause tightening of the muscles and veins of the shoulders, in turn causing blood stasis and frozen shoulder.


Relationship between obesity and Frozen Shoulder

Although there is no direct relationship between obesity and frozen shoulder, the occurrence of frozen shoulder may also be closely related to the stomach. The Yangming Stomach Meridian has multiple meridians that bypass the stomach and can be easily affected by ones’ diet. Patients with frozen shoulder are likely to suffer from “stomach cold”, which is poor digestion, bloating, and frequent hiccups.


Who are more susceptible to Frozen Shoulder?

In tropical areas like Singapore, where the moisture level is high, we are more susceptible to wind, cold, and dampness that invade our shoulders and joints especially when we are tired, sleeping, traumatic or weak. For office workers, most symptoms of frozen shoulder will surface between 4-50 years old, due to prolonged use of aircon and staying in air-conditioned rooms. It is an important taboo of TCM to allow air to blow directly on the shoulders and necks.



Many patients with frozen shoulder have a history of local strain or dislocation sprain. Such patients are common for patients to have physical weakness and poor blood circulation.

About the author


Physician 中医师

The Star Vista, Paya Lebar Square

Michelle 张医师

Physician 中医师

Zhang Ying Ling 张映玲

TCM Registration No. T0301728

English: Conversational

Chinese: Fluent

Educational Background: Guangzhou Medical University

教育背景: 广州中医专科学院

  • Area of Interest: Pain management, TCM Facial Beauty, Slimming treatment, Internal Medicine
  • Raised in a medical family, Physician Zhang has more than 30 years of clinical experience in Chinese medicine. She is familiar with Western medicine and proficient in traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture. Over the years, she has gathered much experience with joint pain diseases such as Frozen Shoulders, arthritis, rheumatism, etc., and can also achieve the remarkable effect of an improvement in mobility under her treatment for such diseases. Furthermore, she is good at TCM gynaecology and facial beauty (such as eye bags reduction, etc).
  • 擅长: 疼痛关节、妇科/不孕、中医脸部美容、内科
  • 出身于医学世家,毕业于中医专科学校。有超过三十年中医临床经验,熟悉西医,精通中医,尤其对各种痛症非常有心得,主治脊椎性疾病 (颈肩背疼痛,腰椎间盘突出),头晕头痛,五十肩,关节痛,风湴关节疼痛等等,能做到用针少,见效快,甚至做到“一针见效”的显著效果。另外,对于妇科、肠胃病、减肥症,脸部美容(如眼袋/皮肤松驰等)也很善