Massage is a natural way to manage the pain associated with tendonitis so you can continue with the activities you love.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is inflammation of a tendon. It typically occurs as the result of a Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI) from actions the individual does on a frequent basis. Over time these repetitive actions wear down the tendon and cause micro-tearing to the area. Inflammation, pain and decreased function soon follow.
If left untreated, tendonitis will progress through various grades of severity. Each grade leads to progressively more loss of function.
- Grade 1 – Pain only occurs after the aggravating activity
- Grade 2 – Pain occurs at the beginning of the aggravating activity, but then dissipates after the area has ‘warmed up.’ The pain returns again once the activity has ceased.
- Grade 3 – Pain occurs at the beginning of the activity, during the activity and after the activity.
- Grade 4 – Pain is no longer restricted to one aggravating activity. Normal daily activities become painful and pain gets worse with time.
It is important to catch and treat tendinitis as early in its progression as possible. Treatment will proceed more quickly and will prevent the further loss of function when it is treated early.
Where Does Tendonitis Occur?
Tendonitis can occur to any muscle in the body. However, smaller and weaker muscles do tend to be more prone to this condition than larger muscles. Examples include:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis is very common. Activities such as using a computer mouse, swimming and playing certain sports can cause tendonitis to this area.
- The elbow is very prone to developing tendonitis. Lateral epicondylitis (AKA ’tennis elbow’) and medial epicondylitis (AKA ‘golfer’s elbow’) are caused by golfing and racket sports. They can also be brought on by excessive computer usage or occupational strains.
- Tendonitis in the thumb can be caused by excessive text messaging or video gaming
- Achilles tendinitis (at the ankle) can be caused by running
Tendonitis and Massage Therapy
Massage therapy can assist in the treatment of tendonitis in several ways:
- Massage can assist in the management of pain and discomfort
- Massage can realign scar tissue forming on the affecting tendon. This helps the affected tissue behave as normally as possible.
- In some cases it is important to address the individual’s underlying posture. When the body is aligned in an optimal manner this can help decrease excessive wear and tear on some tendons, especially those at the shoulder, knee, hip and ankle
- Your massage therapist will give you appropriate exercises to do at home to help rehabilitate the affected joint
- Once health has been restored massage can be used as a maintenance program to prevent further problems to the affected tendon in the future. This is especially recommended for those who have jobs that require a lot of repetitive actions and those who are very physically active.
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-Last updated Feb. 29, 2016