Tendonitis: What It Is and How Is Massage Therapy Helpful?

Many people suffer from painful and intrusive tendonitis. This can affect many regions in the body such as the knees (patellar tendon), calves (achilles tendon), and elbows (common extensor tendon).  Tendons are the connection between the muscle and bone in our bodies, and tendon fibers are what make up the tendon. The tendons can get injured or disrupted and cause pain and dysfunction termed as “tendonitis.”

How Can Massage Therapy Help With Tendonitis?

Deep Friction massage is very impactful for these types of conditions and helps to decrease pain and improve function. Friction is a specific technique achieved by rubbing the area in a particular manner in order to create a deep friction effect. The actual technique may feel deeper than effleurage and sometimes may feel a bit uncomfortable to the client while being performed, however this is short-lived and the overall benefit much outweighs this sensation.

Deep friction massage can also help to decrease scar tissue. There may be areas of adhesions in the muscle and tissue as well as scar tissue. Adhesions and scar tissue can form after surgery, after an injury, or even after repetitive stress to a certain area of the body. This technique is often used to break up the adhesions or scar tissue. Friction also helps to bring about more healthy tissue and aid healing by realigning tendon fibers.

Friction massage provides relief to these regions as well as prevents excessive build-up of more adhesions or scar tissue. The use of friction massage thus relates to less pain and discomfort, improved healing and circulation, improved range of motion and overall better function for the client!

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