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Innovative Frozen Shoulder Treatment in Ottawa

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Frozen shoulder, also known as adhesive capsulitis, is a condition characterized by stiffness and pain in the shoulder joint. At MOOV Physiotherapy in Ottawa, we understand the physical and emotional toll this condition can take. Our dedicated approach to treatment is designed to not only alleviate pain but also restore mobility and improve the quality of life.

Understanding Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulder typically develops slowly, and can last for months or even years. It's often divided into three stages: the freezing stage, where the shoulder becomes painful and stiff; the frozen stage, where pain may decrease but stiffness increases; and the thawing stage, where mobility begins to improve.


Impact on Daily Activities

This condition can significantly impact daily activities, making simple tasks like dressing or reaching overhead challenging. It's more common in people over the age of 40 and can be particularly debilitating for those who rely on shoulder mobility for work or sports.

Diagnosing Frozen Shoulder

Frozen shoulders can manifest in various forms, from mild stiffness to severe pain and immobility. Understanding the different stages and causes of frozen shoulder is crucial in determining the most effective treatment approach.

Common Causes of Frozen Shoulder:

  • Immobilization: Prolonged immobility or reduced movement of the shoulder, often due to injury, surgery, or illness.
  • Systemic Conditions: Conditions like diabetes or thyroid disorders can increase the risk of developing frozen shoulders.
  • Age and Gender: Most commonly occurring in people aged 40 to 60, and more frequently in women.
  • Overuse: Repetitive shoulder movements can contribute to the development of frozen shoulders.

Your Journey Towards Frozen Shoulder Relief

At MOOV Physiotherapy, we are committed to guiding you through a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your specific needs and the stage of your frozen shoulder.

Comprehensive Assessment

Your treatment begins with a thorough assessment to understand the severity of your condition. Our team will evaluate your shoulder's range of motion, pain level, and overall impact on your daily life.

Developing a Personalized Treatment Plan

Based on our assessment, we create a customized treatment plan. This plan may include a combination of physiotherapy techniques, IMS therapy, and, if necessary, telerehab options.

Tailored Physiotherapy for Frozen Shoulder

Physiotherapy is crucial in treating frozen shoulders. Our therapists use various techniques to reduce pain, increase range of motion, and prevent recurrence.


Techniques Include:

  • Manual Therapy:  Gentle movements and manipulations to improve mobility and reduce pain.
  • Exercise Therapy: Specific exercises to gradually increase range of motion and strengthen the shoulder.
  • Heat and Cold Therapy: Application of heat or cold to reduce pain and inflammation.
  • Education: Guidance on activities and movements to avoid during recovery.

Regaining Mobility and Strength

Our focus is not only on relieving pain but also on restoring mobility and strength to the shoulder. This holistic approach ensures a more sustainable recovery and reduces the risk of recurrence.

Dry Needling/IMS Therapy for Frozen Shoulder

Dry needling, or Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), can be particularly effective in treating frozen shoulders, especially in cases where muscle tightness and trigger points contribute to pain and stiffness.


How Dry Needling Helps

By targeting specific trigger points, dry needling can help release muscle tension, reduce pain, and improve range of motion in the shoulder.

Benefits of Dry Needling:

  • Relief from muscle tightness and spasms.
  • Improved blood circulation to the affected area.
  • Accelerated healing process.

Telerehab: Convenient Frozen Shoulder Treatment

Understanding the need for flexible treatment options, MOOV Physiotherapy offers Telerehab services, providing expert care remotely.


Advantages of Telerehab:

  • Access to professional guidance from the comfort of your home.
  • Customized online exercise programs.
  • Regular monitoring and adjustments to your treatment plan.

Why Choose MOOV Physiotherapy for Frozen Shoulder Treatment?

Choosing MOOV Physiotherapy means you are opting for a patient-focused, evidence-based approach to treating frozen shoulder.

Our Commitment:

A team of experienced and empathetic professionals.

Advanced treatment techniques tailored to your needs.

A supportive environment focused on your overall well-being


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If you're struggling with a frozen shoulder, reach out to MOOV Physiotherapy in Ottawa. Let us help you regain your mobility and live a life free of shoulder pain. Our team is ready to support you on your path to recovery.



Frozen Shoulder Treatment Ottawa FAQs

  • How Long Does It Typically Take To Recover From a Frozen Shoulder?

    Recovery time can vary significantly depending on the individual and the severity of the condition. Typically, it can take anywhere from several months to a couple of years. However, with proper treatment and physiotherapy, many patients see a significant improvement in pain and mobility within a few weeks to months.

  • Is Frozen Shoulder Preventable?

    While not all cases are preventable, maintaining good shoulder mobility through regular exercise and avoiding prolonged immobility after an injury can help reduce the risk. It's also important to manage underlying health conditions that could contribute to the development of a frozen shoulder.

  • Can Lifestyle Changes Help in Managing Frozen Shoulder?

    Yes, lifestyle changes such as maintaining an active lifestyle, practicing good posture, and incorporating shoulder-strengthening exercises into your routine can be beneficial. Additionally, managing stress and ensuring adequate rest are also important.

  • How Effective Is Telerehab for Frozen Shoulder Treatment?

    Telerehab can be highly effective, especially for those who have difficulty accessing in-person therapy. It allows for regular monitoring and adjustments to your treatment plan, ensuring that you continue to make progress.

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What Can Physiotherapy Help With?

The registered Physiotherapists at MOOV have extensive experience in the assessment and treatment of various musculoskeletal injuries and chronic conditions including but not limited to:


  • Acute or Chronic Neck pain, Back pain or Pelvic pain
  • Injuries resulting from or without trauma
  • Tendinitis and tendinopathies
  • Sprains and Repetitive strain injuries
  • Sports injuries
  • Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ)
  • Advice on pain management and Joint pain relief
  • Post-surgical rehabilitation (ACL, post fracture, rotator cuff repair, shoulder dislocation repair, achilles repair, bunionectomy, total knee replacement, labral repair hip and shoulder, etc.)
  • Neurological conditions
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Pelvic floor dysfunctions

Does OHIP Ever Cover Physio?

OHIP does not cover physiotherapy services. However, some extended health care plans may provide coverage for physiotherapy services. It is important to check with your insurance provider to see what type of coverage you have.

No, you do not need a referral to see a Physiotherapist in Ontario. You can book an appointment directly with a Physiotherapist at MOOV.

Do I Need a Referral To See a Physiotherapist in Ontario?

What Is the Difference Between a Physical Therapist and a Physiotherapist?

A Physical Therapist and a Physiotherapist are both health care professionals who specialize in the assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of musculoskeletal conditions. The main difference between the two is that a Physical Therapist is trained in the United States while a Physiotherapist is trained in Canada.

Is a Physiotherapist Better Than a Doctor?

A Physiotherapist is not necessarily better than a doctor, but they are specialized in the assessment and treatment of musculoskeletal conditions. A Physiotherapist can provide you with an individualized plan of care that is tailored to your specific needs.

At MOOV, we understand that your time is valuable and that you want to get back to doing the activities you love as soon as possible. That’s why we offer flexible appointment times and a wide range of treatment plans to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

Say goodbye to chronic pain! Our team of experienced Physiotherapists are dedicated to helping you reach your goals and enhancing your quality of life.

MOOV Physiotherapy


Monday: 7 AM–6 PM

Tuesday: 7 AM–6 PM

Wednesday: 7 AM–6 PM

Thursday: 7 AM–6 PM

Friday: 7 AM–3 PM

Saturday: Closed

Sunday: Closed