Tendonitis & how massage can help


Massage Therapy for Tendonitis

When you overuse your tendons, the thick fibrous cords that are responsible for attaching the muscles to the bones, it can result in irritation and inflammation, causing pain and discomfort outside an affected joint. This is because overworked tendons can cause infinitesimal tear of the tendon fascicles. As a result, you may be able to acquire tendonitis. 


Types of tendonitis

Muscles and tendons work hand in hand to exert a pulling force to move the body. When you injure yourself, the sheath around the tendon will become inflamed. When that happens, tendonitis, also known as tendinitis, will occur.

Here are different types of tendinitis affecting different parts of the body: 

• Achilles tendonitis

This is a common sports injury and may be caused by shoes that don’t fit well or don’t provide proper support. This condition is more common in those with rheumatoid arthritis. 

• Supraspinatus tendonitis

This condition is a result of the inflamed tendon located at the top of the shoulder joint. It causes pain every time the affected arm is moved. Some patients may also find it painful when they lie on the affected side. The patient may also have rotator cuff syndrome if the other tendons in the same area have also become inflamed. 

• Tennis elbow

This condition is characterized by pain on the outer side of an elbow, which might radiate down to your wrist. 

If the pain is felt on the inner side of the elbow, this may be a condition called medial epicondylitis or golfer’s elbow. Pain may be intensified when you use the affected elbow against a force. 


• Trigger thumb or finger

When your thumb or finger clicks when you straighten it out, you may have this condition. And if it remains bent or in a fixed position, this could mean that the tendon sheath in the palm of your hand is inflamed or has swollen. A nodule could also form along the tendon. 


• Tendonitis of the wrist

This is common among production line workers and badminton players who use the same motion repeatedly using their wrist. 


Symptoms and risk factors

Symptoms of tendonitis or tendinitis may include the following: 

1. Pain that becomes worse when you move

2. Swelling and redness in the affected area

3. Crackling or grating feeling when you move your tendons

4. Lump along the tendon

5. Difficulty to move 

You may experience one or more of these symptoms, which could last up to several weeks or months. 


Risk factors of tendonitis:

1. Age – tendons become less flexible as you age.

2. Work – if your job requires you to make repetitive movements or awkward positions, you are more at risk. 

3. Sports – running, swimming, golf, baseball, tennis, bowling, basketball, and other sports that involve repetitive movements. 

4. Certain health conditions – people with rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes are more likely to suffer from tendinitis. 


Massage therapy can help with tendonitis

You are more likely to develop this condition if you keep doing repetitive movements. This is why rest and discontinuation of certain activities are recommended. But if you really want to get relief from the pain and symptoms, doctors recommended massage therapy. 

Some forms of massage therapy for this type of condition is deep transverse friction massage, deep tissue, active release and pin and stretch techniques. These techniques help mobilize ligaments, helping restore mobility and relieve pain.

For those suffering from Achilles tendonitis, sports massage therapy may be used to treat it. It breaks the scarred tissue, aiding proper blood circulation with use of transverse mobilization therapy or alternately applying pressure on the affected area using the finger and thumb. 

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms of tendinitis, you should seek massage to help mobilize joints and relieve pain to get back to your daily activities.