The Benefits of Massage To Treat Tendonitis
Tendonitis is a condition that sends sharp and persistent pain to your joints. It is most commonly experienced in the elbow, heel (Achilles tendinitis), knee, shoulder, thumb, and wrist and in serious cases, can affect your ability to do simple tasks such as walk or writing.
Albertans with tendonitis have become increasingly interested in massage therapy as a tool to alleviate the pain and symptoms associated with the condition. In this post, I break down what tendonitis is, the most common causes, and how massage therapy has been proven to offer relief.
I also explore the science behind massage therapy and tendonitis and explain all the potential benefits of seeking. If tendonitis is something you are dealing with, I highly recommend reading this post or contacting my clinic today to see if massage therapy could be a valuable addition to your recovery plan.
What is Tendonitis?
Tendonitis is the inflammation of a tendon, the thick cord that connects muscle to bone. It often occurs in areas subjected to repetitive motions or overuse, such as the shoulders, elbows, knees, and wrists.
Tendonitis can be caused by various factors, including:
Overuse: Engaging in repetitive activities, such as typing, playing sports, or lifting heavy objects, can strain the tendons, leading to inflammation. This is why certain professionals, such as office workers or athletes, commonly see tendonitis.
Age: Tendonitis becomes more common as people age, as tendons tend to lose their elasticity and become less flexible over time. In fact, the chances of getting tendonitis increase after the age of 40.
Injury: A direct injury or trauma to a tendon can trigger inflammation.
Poor Posture: Incorrect body mechanics and poor posture can place extra stress on tendons, contributing to inflammation.
Symptoms of tendonitis include pain, tenderness, and swelling in the affected area. Tendonitis can range from mild discomfort to severe pain that limits your range of motion and overall mobility.
How Can Massage Help Tendonitis?
Massage therapy is an alternative medicine tool that is primarily known for relaxation and stress relief but is being used more often for conditions such as chronic pain, sciatica and now tendonitis.
Here are several ways in which massage can be beneficial:
Increased Blood Flow: Massage increases blood circulation, which can promote healing. This enhanced blood flow delivers essential nutrients and oxygen to the affected area, facilitating the repair process.
Reduced Muscle Tension: Tendonitis often involves muscle tension in the surrounding area. Massage can help release muscle knots and tightness, providing relief to the inflamed tendons.
Pain Relief: The gentle pressure and manipulation of massage can stimulate the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers, helping to alleviate the discomfort associated with tendonitis.
Improved Range of Motion: Tendonitis can limit joint mobility. Massage techniques, such as myofascial release, can enhance flexibility and reduce stiffness, making it easier for individuals to move their affected joints.
Stress Reduction: Chronic pain and inflammation can lead to stress. Massage therapy can help manage stress levels, which in turn can have a positive impact on the body's ability to heal.
The Science Behind Massage and Tendonitis
Scientific research has started to shed light on the effectiveness of massage in treating tendonitis.
A study published in the International Journal of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork found that massage therapy led to improvements in pain, range of motion, and strength in individuals with Achilles tendonitis. This suggests that massage can play a role in the recovery process, especially when used in conjunction with other treatment methods.
I always recommend taking a comprehensive approach with tendonitis that in addition to massage therapy also includes guidance from your doctor, consistent physical therapy, and specific changes to your lifestyle.
Visit Our West Edmonton Massage Clinic
Are you currently dealing with tendonitis?
Come see me at Francesco Holistic and explore the potential benefits of massage therapy to treat your symptoms. As a longstanding massage therapist, I understand the intricacies of tendonitis and will tailor an approach that works for your specific needs and lifestyle and takes into consideration the other measures you are taking to treat it.
I have been a licensed and practicing massage therapist for over a decade and have years of experience using massage therapy to treat joint issues such as tendonitis. With all my patients I take the time to assess their condition and create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with their specific symptoms and goals.
At Francesco Holistic, I believe in a multidisciplinary approach to healing. I work closely with other healthcare professionals, ensuring you receive comprehensive care for your tendonitis. I have also recently renovated my clinic so it can provide my patients with the most welcoming and soothing atmosphere possible and allow them to relax and focus on their healing journey.
Book a Massage Therapy Appointment Today
While massage therapy can offer relief for tendonitis through improved blood flow, reduced muscle tension, and pain management, it should be part of a holistic treatment plan that includes medical advice and other therapeutic modalities.
If you're struggling with tendonitis and seeking a supportive environment for your recovery, consider visiting our West Edmonton massage clinic, just ten minutes from West Edmonton Mall. I am dedicated to helping you on your path to wellness.
Don't let tendonitis hold you back – contact me today at 780 224 7111 to schedule an appointment and experience the potential benefits of massage in your journey to recovery.