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80 / Hashimoto’s and Frozen Shoulder w/ Dr. Emily Kiberd

Have you found that you have trouble reaching up with one of your arms? Maybe this happens when you go to comb your hair or put on a jacket. This is something often called frozen shoulder, aka adhesive capsulitis. In today’s solo episode, I’m talking about this condition that I’ve seen in many women with Hashimoto’s disease. 

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Frozen shoulder is a vicious cycle of joint problems and I’ve seen it time and time again in my fourteen years of practice. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid this condition. Many of them are proactive, like strength-training and developing breathing habits. It’s also important to get your thyroid checked regularly. There are also many treatments for frozen shoulder, such as taking anti-inflammatories, corticosteroid injections, and physical therapy. 

However, to truly address the root-cause of frozen shoulder it’s crucial to look at the whole body. Your shoulders do not exist in isolation. Looking at all your movements and your hormonal levels is essential to solving this for good. Even better is preventing this issue from ever arising through the guidance of a knowledgable trainer.

Have you experienced frozen shoulder? What helped and what didn’t? Let me know in the comments below!

In this episode

  • Exactly what frozen shoulder is and who is most likely to get it
  • The best way to avoid a frozen shoulder
  • Different treatments to address the symptoms of frozen shoulder
  • Why examing whole-body health is the key to dealing with frozen shoulder
  • The limitations of surgical remedies
  • Effective preventative measures that you and your trainer can establish


“There’s a higher prevalence of frozen shoulder symptoms in women who have a higher TSH picked up on their bloodwork.” [1:54]

“You really need to look at any sort of weaknesses or movement patterns that are faulty or not super healthy in the body from head to toe outside of the shoulder.” [7:46]

“If you have a frozen shoulder, get your thyroid checked. Get the bloodwork done, especially if you have been trying to rehab for years.” [17:57]


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