Frozen Shoulder

high rate of success

“Adhesive capsulitis” (as frozen shoulder is formally called) is a painful set of symptoms that causes stiffening and soreness around your glenohumeral joint. It starts off more as diffuse joint pain and then intensifies with time, making it difficult to sleep on the affected side, raise your arm, and eventually it greatly limits any activities that require sudden ranges of motion. It can last for any amount of time, but the typical ranges are around six months to two years, though it varies for each person.

About Frozen Shoulder


Frozen shoulder (also known as adhesive capsulitis) is a very debilitating ailment, and is probably one of the most difficult musculoskeletal disorders that I treat in my Calgary office.


Because frozen shoulder is such a limiting and painful condition, I used to find it very challenging to help patients suffering from it. As a result, I have devoted many years of my continuing education to learning techniques specifically related to shoulder conditions (including other problems as well, such as tendonitis, mild tears, some impingement conditions, and overall weakness).


Throughout my many educational years, and several years of techniques trials, I have carefully formulated a frozen shoulder treatment system where I utilize Trigenics, Graston Techniques, and low force adjusting to the glenohumeral joint and cervical spine. My approach is different with each patient, as I evaluate which muscles and joints I need to work on and it often varies according to each patient’s situation.

Frozen Shoulders Questions

Treatment Time

Frozen shoulder treatment times vary between 15-30 minutes, depending upon the severity of your condition and the number of procedures that we need to implement.

How Often Should I Come?

We recommend twice a week, since patients need to rest between visits. For severe cases, we recommend three times to ensure optimal visits. If you can only visit the clinic one a week, the results will be slower.

High Success Rate

This is what each patient who calls me really wants to know, and I am quite happy to tell you they are actually very high. I am proud to say that get very good results with these patients. I would roughly estimate it is as high as 90 percent.I will be honest though, this treatment is not for everyone and I have had some patients that I have directed to try gentler approaches, but for the most part patients do very well if they follow their treatment plans and recommendations that I make for homecare. If you are suffering from frozen shoulder I encourage you to call the clinic at (403) 313-7123 and book an appointment, or leave a message with our staff if you have further questions and I will be more than happy to get back to you.I am very passionate about this condition and would love to help you in your goals to heal. I hope that you found this page informative.

Three Stages of Frozen Shoulder

Freezing Stage

The beginning stage, called the ‘freezing stage’, where the pain begins to become a noticeable issue.

Frozen Stage

The middle, or ‘frozen’ stage, where the joint is very stiff, painful, and limited in ranges of motion.

Thawing Stage

The end stage, known as the ‘thawing phase’, where the symptoms start to lift and people gradually regain their life.

Please note: that I do not perform Dr. Austin’s OAT procedure under anesthesia. I am not trained to do this, although I do get asked, so I am clear and up-front that they are not the same treatments.