Man Kayaking

OTZ Frozen Shoulder Technique

The OTZ technique is revolutionizing the treatment of shoulder conditions by correcting them in a matter of days, mainly Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS). This is a dramatic improvement compared to the medical treatment that requires months to years.

What is FSS?

Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS), aka adhesive capsulitis, is a very painful and debilitating condition and includes intense pain in the involved shoulder with a significant loss of both ranges of motion and the ability to use the affected shoulder and arm.

In the orthopedic field, it is commonly thought the pain and restricted motion in the shoulder is the result of adhesions in the capsule of the glenohumeral (shoulder) joint. This made no sense to Dr. Murphy for two reasons. First, principle adhesions worsen over time and normally do not spontaneously resolve themselves. The medical literature and clinical histories describe FSS as a condition that can spontaneously resolve itself after an average period of thirty (30) months.

Second, Dr. Murphy saw passive (zero patient involvement) abduction of the involved shoulder that ends in a bony limitation. The limited range of motion in each case that he tested ended in a bony stopping point. This is how past patients described the limitation as well. Patients often expressed their feelings of fear that their arm would fracture if it were forced up. Adhesions alone typically do not exhibit these characteristics.

In 2006, Francis Murphy, DC in Dallas, Texas discovered the cause of Frozen Shoulder Syndrome (FSS) while working on a patient suffering from FSS for two months. Pam Hatcher’s health care history pertaining to her frozen shoulder included medical diagnosis and treatment, physical therapy, and home exercises.

Her symptoms ranged from the insidious onset, night pain, painful restrictions on passive elevation, and external rotation. Suffering from neck and back pain, her symptoms worsened. At that point, she met with a Dallas surgeon and proceeded towards shoulder surgery.

Dr. Murphy met with Pam performing the OTZ Tension Adjustment procedure with her injured shoulder. Within 8 minutes, Pam was able to raise her arm in abduction above her head. Amazingly Pam’s arm went up all the way. She was able to demonstrate 180 degrees of abduction, and her pain was immediately reduced by 80%.

Woman Celebrating in Front of a Sunrise