Man running with tendonitis and needs massage therapy

Need Help with Tendonitis?

What is tendonitis?

The word tendonitis means inflammation of the tendons. Technically though, tendons don’t get inflamed. What does get inflamed is where the tendon attaches to the bone, the joint itself or the fluid-filled cushions known as bursa. This inflammation leads to pain that may feel burning, hot or throbbing.

How Does Massage Therapy Help Tendonitis?

In the acute stages, massage can help reduce pain, swelling, and treat any compensatory structures that may be experiencing extra strain. It helps to speed the recovery of sports injuries by helping the immune system work better to repair the injury more quickly.

Later on, if the injury hasn’t been resolved and has become more chronic, massage can help to maintain range of motion, reduce adhesions, and reduce muscle tightness. This helps in improving tissue health as well as allowing you to return to your normal activities of daily living more easily. 

Other Natural Treatments for Tendonitis

Acupuncture:  Acupuncture provides safe, effective pain relief and helps direct the immune system to the joints that need to be healed.

Herbal Medicine:  Herbs can be used to safely reduce pain and swelling and promote immune system function to expedite healing.  Naturopathic doctors are best equipped to help you determine which herbs may best help you and at what dose.  

Nutrition: Foods can be used to either decrease or promote inflammation.  For example, fish is more anti-inflammatory, while red meat, dairy and starches are more inflammatory. The naturopathic doctors and registered dietitian at Forces of Nature can help you identify foods that may be causing or contributing to inflammatory conditions like tendonitis. 

Chiropractic Care: Friction inside the joint can occur when the joints are not properly aligned.  Chiropractors can help re-align the joints and reduce, pain, inflammation and soft tissue swelling.

Massage Therapy for Tendonitis Research

In Vivo. 2015 May-Jun;29(3):365-9.
Massage may initiate tendon structural changes–a preliminary study.
Andrzejewski W1, Kassolik K1, Dziegiel P2, Pula B3, Ratajczak-Wielgomas K3, Jablonska K3, Kurpas D4, Halski T5, Kobierzycki C6, Podhorska-Okolow M3.