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Trigger Point Therapy - Frozen Shoulder Syndrome

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Niel Asher Technique Frozen Shoulder Review

Vivienne Parry OBE - Author, Journalist, and BBC Science Correspondent


Nearly a full range of movement within six weeks!

We often like to write about clients who have been successfully treated with trigger point techniques, especially those who come to us more out of desperation than any true belief or understanding of the treatment.

Today's blog has an added twist, in that the client in question is Vivienne Parry OBE, an extremely highly regarded science correspondent. In fact Vivienne is most well known in the United Kingdom as the presenter of BBC TV's science program Tomorrow's World and Panorama. Vivienne is also currently employed as head of Genomics England. So, this is one lady who knows what research is all about!

It Started With a Fall

A little while back Vivienne stumbled on a slippery slope at a fireworks party. She was surprised when an "electric shock" of pain shot down her arm, despite it receiving only a small knock.

The pain disappeared almost as quickly as it came, but within a couple days a dull ache had begun in her shoulder and upper arm.

Thereafter, Vivienne found that even the slightest knock to her arm would set off an intense spasm in her shoulder that hurt so much it made her feel nauseous.

Pain Induced Sleep Depravation

Typical to a frozen shoulder, Vivienne soon became sleep deprived, as the pain was much worse at night, and even simple tasks like putting on a coat became increasingly difficult. And the symptoms got even worse. Within a matter of weeks Vivienne could hardly raise her arm at all; couldn’t dress without help, or lift a phone to her ear. Worst of all for Vivienne was that she was completely unable to carry on her favorite pastimes of gardening and swimming.

With the pain and lack of movement now severely affecting her work, Vivienne finally went to visit her family doctor and was diagnosed as having a frozen shoulder. Whilst the diagnosis was relatively straightforward, Vivienne discovered that her doctor had relatively little to offer in terms of treatment. So Vivienne did what she probably does best, she started researching the problem and looking online for viable treatment options. And that's how she came to find about trigger point therapy, and specifically the Niel Asher Technique (NAT).

Naturally Skeptical

In an article written for Britain's Daily Mail newspaper, Vivienne freely admits that she was at first skeptical of NAT although the idea that pressing trigger points in the shoulder to ‘re-train’ nerves, based on the theory that the shoulder pain causes the brain to switch off the muscles round the joint to try to protect it, did seem to make sense. 

Results of the Treatment

Thankfully, Vivienne was positively surprised by the NAT treatment and it's best to use her words to summarize the results: 

"I found the first treatment session quite painful as the therapist pressed for about 20 seconds on five points on my shoulder and upper arm. But the pain was less that night and within two treatments had gone. I had nearly a full range of movement within six weeks. Best of all, I was able to get back to my gardening!".

About NAT

NAT is the only evidence based trigger point treatment for frozen shoulder. If you are a therapist looking to add a powerful technique to your practice, click on the link below for more information. NAT is simple to learn, and the technique (originally developed for treating frozen shoulder) has been adapted over the past 20 years to treat a range of common musculoskeletal disorders.


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This trigger point therapy blog is intended to be used for information purposes only and is not intended to be used for medical diagnosis or treatment or to substitute for a medical diagnosis and/or treatment rendered or prescribed by a physician or competent healthcare professional. This information is designed as educational material, but should not be taken as a recommendation for treatment of any particular person or patient. Always consult your physician if you think you need treatment or if you feel unwell. 









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  • We are sports and remedial massage therapists who have been using NAT techniques in our practice for over 4 years. NAT concepts are different from what most people perceive as trigger point therapy and have changed the way we treat many common injuries. I have now treated a few dozen patients with FSS and have achieved incredible results for my clients. Really incredible.

    Alison W. on
  • I do not know the NAT technique myself, but am reasonably sure that any manual therapist, who understands anatomy and trigger point therapy, would have similar results. Nice to see a “skeptic” cured :)

    Victoria on

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