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This home-healing program is aimed at the person who has seen a medical doctor or physical therapist and has been diagnosed as having a ‘frozen shoulder’. You may have been through several months of symptoms and you will certainly be in a great deal of pain.
The technique has proven effective at any stage of a frozen shoulder, but due to the massive amount of swelling in the first three months, it seems to work best after four to six months of symptoms.
In our clinics, we usually treat a patient once per week for six or seven sessions. However, we would recommend you or your partner perform the home-healing therapy every fourth day, gently, for four to ten weeks. We have also found that the longer the symptoms have been there, the quicker and easier the treatment. For example, a patient who comes to us with a frozen shoulder of eighteen months duration usually responds within three or four therapy sessions.
The Niel Asher Technique (NAT) for treating frozen shoulder was first published in 1997; was the successful subject of clinical trials at Cambridge University Hospital in 2003; and the subject of a peer review published by the International Journal of Osteopathic Medicine in 2014.
The technique involves using a sequenced series of pressure points and stretching maneuvers. Some of the treatment can be painful while other parts are soothing.This is for good reason. The tissues of the body have many types of receptors embedded within them. Some respond to deep touch, others to superficial touch, some to pain, others to hot or cold. All of our human experience of our environment is mediated through our tissues’ sensory receptors. Our tissues sense the world around us and translate these sensations into messages that our brain decodes.
NAT differs from other physical therapy techniques not so much by what is done, but by the order in which it is performed. Just like a recipe, it is the order in which it is performed that stimulates the damaged tissues to fire off different signals to the brain in specific sequences. These signals re-establish the relationships between the sensory feedback from the injured shoulder muscles and the motor map within the brain.
The 90-page guide is fully illustrated and the accompanying video will help you understand exactly how to perform the treatment.
Note: This program requires that you work with a partner.