You might have chronic tendonitis if:
If you already know or suspect that you're suffering from chronic tendinitis then you're probably familiar with the need to constantly manage your pain. You're probably used to changing the way you walk or carrying things to avoid using the area of your body affected by chronic tendonitis.
If you've been working with a doctor, maybe the only choices presented to you so far are living off of anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) or filling prescriptions. If the pills don't work, you might assume the next step is surgery.
These methods for managing your chronic pain and stiffness are doing nothing to actually work with what your body has available. Our bodies are resilient, adaptive, amazing pieces of machinery. Our brains automatically know to change the way our bodies work to adapt to any change in condition - from changes in temperature outside, to a stubbed toe, to even a chronic case of tendonitis.
Relying on medications to fix a case of chronic tendonitis is like turning off the signals your brain is giving you (pain is a warning signal). Does that mean your injury is gone? No. It just means you've shut off your body's only way of telling you that somethings wrong and your injury STILL isn't healed.
At this point you're probably telling yourself:
Always remember this: your body is capable of doing 2 very important things - functioning and healing. Your body is already functioning as best it can with your condition, but when it comes to tendons - especially injured ones - they are generally very slow to heal due to lack of sufficient blood flow.
You might say to yourself "How did I get chronic tendonitis"?
Perhaps it all started with an acute or overuse (repetitive movement) injury to your tendon. You probably rested for a few days and thought once swelling or inflammation (the pain) was gone that the injury was better. We make the mistake of returning to regular activities too soon without proper time for healing. The truth is that healing takes time and after the swelling is gone your injury isn't even close to being fully healed.
Acute tendonitis will start healing in about 2 - 4 weeks.
Chronic tendinitis can take more than 6 weeks to heal, and sometimes goes on for years when left untreated.
Every time we have an injury, we start to heal right away. This is an 'active healing' time when your body sends extra blood that is full of oxygen, nutrients and fluid to the injury via inflammation to heal you and get rid of damaged tissue.
As inflammation reduces and 'long-term healing' begins, scar tissue (adhesions) are laid down and act like a band-aid over the injury. This scar tissue acts as a foundation for the tissue repair. Scar tissue is the quickest way for our bodies to heal. The scar tissue will change over time and convert into healthy / strong tissue. This phase in healing is call 'the remodeling stage'.
When you return to work, sports or activity to soon you're interrupting this remodeling stage. If your remodeling is interrupted with re-injury (more swelling and inflammation) even more scar tissue is added as a way to start the repair process over again from the beginning.
A build-up of scar tissue can have a negative impact on your overall healing in one or more of the following ways;
As time goes on and your tendonitis persists, the second biggest problem you'll face is the fact that the 'active healing' response (inflammation / swelling / increased blood flow) is now gone. Instead you're left with a chronic injury that has low levels of on-going inflammation with a low rate of healing due to inadequate blood supply.
Sometimes you'll feel a consistent dull pain or you'll have pain any time you use the area for any activity.
Do not get discouraged - it is important to understand that your body is capable of healing itself. This is why your physician will always try to opt for the conservative treatment first - often it works, although it takes time and patience to get there. Your blood flow carries oxygen and much needed nutrients to damaged tissue in the body while also flushing away toxins and waste at the same time; pretty much any conservative treatment protocol for chronic tendinitis deals with increasing bloodflow once swelling has gone down for good reason - it works!
Simple conservative treatments start with rest and Cold Compress or Ice Pack treatments to get swelling down. Once inflammation is gone, stretching and treatments with a T•Shellz Wrap® have been found to be extremely beneficial by the majority of our clients.
Everything in the our bodies are connected and the impact of one injury can affect another area of your body - this is known as 'over-compensation pain'. Months of one area being affected by injury, using your body incorrectly to avoid pain, shifting your weight, carrying things differently or changing your movement are all actions that can lead to over-compensation pain.
For example - if you've suffered an injury from overworking your elbow playing golf you might start feeling the same pain in your other elbow. It's quite common for people to develop elbow tendonitis in both arms. Close to 4 million people in the United States seek treatment each year for symptoms of tennis elbow alone!
If you have foot tendonitis you might start shuffling on the heel of your injured foot and place more weight on your opposite, healthy foot. Shuffling your way around for a long period of time may lead to pain in the heel of your foot, knee, hip or lower back on your injured side because you are mis-aligning your entire leg (keeping it straight and off to the side).
For knee injuries you might start standing differently, putting all your weight on the other side. This consistent shift of weight can impact your other knee, hip and lower back.
If left untreated, your chronic tendonitis can lead to a complex condition including several other injuries. Any changes you make to your body or actions to compensate for your injury will change the alignment of your other joints, muscles and tendons. This is why it's so important to treat chronic tendonitis with cold compression and Circulation Boost right away AND deal with any other injuries that have happened because of your never-ending tendonitis.
Often with chronic tendonitis there's also more than 1 injury going on. You might even be suffering from a series of inter-related conditions. For example if you have foot tendonitis (or sesamoiditis), you might feel some lower back, hip, thigh or even knee pain on that same side (or even the opposite 'healthy' side). If you've started noticing secondary pain, it's likely this pain is still being caused by your original injury. If you haven't received a proper diagnosis you may not even be aware of the true cause for all of your pain.
In all of these situations - when trying to avoid taking pills to manage pain, resorting to surgery or treating a series of conditions for 1 tendonitis injury - conservative treatment methods are the solution. The best way manage a chronic case of tendonitis is by introducing long-term conservative treatment methods that work with your body instead of disguising the problem.
Your body is capable of doing 2 very important things - functioning and healing. Your body is already functioning the best it can with your condition, now it's time to wake up your body's ability to heal.
Tendinosis is basically like tendonitis but it's not caused by an injury. Tendinosis is caused by chronic degeneration (wearing away) of tendon fibers over time. This is a natural thing that happens to our tissue as we age.
Where tendonitis is damage or micro-tearing to your tendon, tenosynovitis is damage or micro-tearing to the sheath covering your tendon. This sheath is a protective lining for your tendon and is made up of synovium. If this sheath is injured it can also become irritated resulting in similar symptoms as tendonitis (pain, swelling and inflammation).
Calcific Tendinitis is an injury where bone (a calcium deposit) will grow in the middle of your tendon (instead of healthy tendon tissue). There are 2 types of calcific tendonitis and both are from a chemical reaction in the body. Degenerative Calcification happens from natural aging in our body where the tissues start to break down and injury happens then calcium (bone) forms in the tendon as it heals. With reactive calcification there's generally no injury or specific event the body, but a chemical process just starts to let calcium build-up inside the tendon. Normally reactive calcification affects younger people. Both forms of calcific tendinitis can happen in any tendon in the body, normally it forms in the shoulder and rotator cuff. This condition can also happen to the elbows, wrists, hands, hips, knees, or feet - it's also known as calcific tendinopathy
It's possible for you to have tendonitis / tendinosis AND tenosynovitis at the same time creating a more complicated tendonitis injury. This weak tissue can also lead to rupture of the tendon and permanent damage.
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. The real challenge is how to promote blood flow to your tendon - to get it to heal faster - without causing further injury. This goal is further complicated by the fact that your tendon is involved in a lot of physical activities that you perform everyday.
We recommend the use of a T•Shellz Wrap®:
This, in turn, improves immune system function which increases the body's ability to eliminate toxins and other waste by-products resulting from damaged tissue. This allows the body to more easily stimulate the self healing process.
Many injuries are the result of trauma to a tendon or muscle, usually causing the tissue to tear. As a result of the tear, your body triggers a natural healing process resulting in pain, inflammation, and the creation of scar tissue, then eventually reinforcing that band-aid solution with flexible tissue (proliferation). Increased blood flow will make this process more quick and efficient in the majority of cases.
This is a very important point. Many people often experience re-injury due to the fact the damaged muscle or soft tissue is tight and the range of motion in the unused joint (due to the intial injury) is restricted. Even the most minor of activities can cause a recovering joint to strain, sprain, or even tear. Every time this happens, your recovery is delayed. This is why using the T•Shellz Wrap® not only now, but also into the future, is wise. Heat energy emitted from the T•Shellz Wrap® is absorbed by tissue, gently warming it, and thereby increasing the elasticity...all without risk of causing further harm and greatly reducing your chances of re-injury.
Osteoarthritis in the knee is quite common and occurs when the articular cartilage begins to degenerate. Over time, the femur (upper leg bone) rubs against the tibia (lower leg bone) with little or no protection from the articular cartilage. This lead to pain in the knee joint. The space within the joint starts to decrease without the cushioning and stiffness in the knee becomes a problem. The T•Shellz Wrap® excels at emitting a soothing heat, allowing for less stiffness and better range-of-motion. It obviously won't fix arthritis, but it will help alleviate the symptoms and perhaps reduce your risk of secondary strain injuries by improving tissue flexibility in the area.
Use the T•Shellz Wrap® before activity to reduce risk of further injury, before bed to prevent tightness from setting in during the night, and again in the morning to make your tired body come alive.
Believe me when I say this; words alone cannot accurately describe what the T•Shellz Wrap® can do for you. It truly is something you need to experience first-hand.
T•Shellz Wraps® contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe energy over its entire surface. This energy is absorbed by soft tissue in the treatment area, opening blood vessels, resulting in an increase in blood flow. Increased blood circulation is what your body needs to accelerate the healing of soft tissue and this is why we recommend the T•Shellz Wrap®.
The T•Shellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.
The technology found in a T•Shellz Wrap® has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur sports - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.
Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a soft tissue injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to the injured tissues. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house facilities many times per day.
How many us can afford the time and money to visit a clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain some of the advantages that athletes enjoy in their injury recovery - by using a device like the T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.
We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective home treatments to increase localized blood flow in and around the treatment area.
We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do... reduce pain (as stated in "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin) temporarily increase length & flexibility of soft tissue (as stated in "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin) and aid your body in recovering from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries via enhanced blood flow.
The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.
The T•Shellz Wrap® has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long enough that you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.
Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.
The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.
The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:
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Arnica Infusion is specially designed to relieve pain due to sore muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. No matter if you are dealing with an acute injury, chronic pain, or a general "flare-up" - you will experience fast relief from pain and inflammation.
This is a product that many of our current MendMeShop customers asked us to develop. So we focused our time and resources over the past few years and came up, with we believe, will be one of more effective, fast acting, topical pain relief creams on the market.
You are likely familiar with some of the standard topical agents on the market as most of our customers use them. The are mass marketed and even found in most department stores now.
Well, we are here to say that Arnica Infusion goes many steps beyond what they offer.
Made in the USA at an FDA registered manufacturing facility, you can be assured that Arnica Infusion is both safe and effective. We only source top grade ingredients while implementing strict quality control checks during every step of the production process. Expect the same high quality that MendMeShop customers have been accustomed to since we started the company in 2005.
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Each application of Arnica Infusion feels so comforting and soothing, we are certain it will become an item you will not want to live without.
The Arnica Infusion formula is based on a combination of scientific research and the use of high quality ingredients. The properties within the formula were chosen for their pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and soothing qualities.
The acting ingredients within the formula include ones many of us are familiar with; along with ones that have not received a lot of publicity (only in research circles). Extensive testing resulted in a blending of ingredients that provides the most synergistic of benefits.
The notable ingredients in the Arnica Infusion formula include:
Extensive quality control procedures during the manufacturing process ensure the ingredients and final product are both safe and effective. We would not stake our reputation on anything but the best.
Apply Arnica Infusion at work to help reduce acute discomfort associated with overuse of muscles and joints. No matter if you are in a physical demanding job or work within an office environment, you will be placing stress on different parts of the body and aches and pains will result.
If you suffer from a sprained ligament, pulled muscle, strained tendon, or even bruising - apply Arnica Infusion for quick relief of the pain.
Application of Arnica Infusion can be done up to a maximum of 4 times per day on a consistent basis to help bring about relief from various pains and aches.
Follow up your T•Shellz and Cold treatments with an application of Arnica Infusion. Combine the pain relieving benefits of Arnica Infusion along with the therapeutic benefits of the wraps to make your recovery go much more smoothly.
Do not apply Arnica Infusion within a 2 hour timespan before a T•Shellz Wrap® treatment.
Whether you decide to use the Arnica Infusion in conjunction with the T-Shell and other treatments - or if you decide to use the cream as a stand-alone product - you will not be disappointed with the results. We guarantee it.
Conservative treatment tools just like these have been used successfully by thousands of soft tissue injury sufferers - just like you.
T•Shellz Wrap® = Enhanced Blood Flow in the Treatment Area
We believe the use of T•Shellz Wraps® for boosting blood flow to soft tissue in the area of application is one of the most under-utilized home treatment options available on the market today. We have client after client that have tried many options out there and have been amazed at how effective and fast the TShellz Wrap treatment can relieve pain and increase blood flow in the treatment area.
With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:
We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain is gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, this is not always true.
Too many people only focus on suppressing pain symptoms while providing less attention to the true healing aspects of the body. Experiencing less pain, while obviously a good short-term goal, does not equate to underlying healing. Scar tissue can remain for months after one gets to a point of being relatively pain-free. However, as long the weak and brittle scar tissue remains, you are susceptible to re-injury or re-aggravation. Certain motions or movements can cause the weaker tissue to easily tear - resulting in some reversal of the recovery up until that point.
This is why we recommend for people to continue with their doctor or therapist recommended exercises and to continue with mild treatments of the T•Shellz Wrap® for a period of time - to better ensure complete recovery.
Ongoing treatments to enhance circulation are intended to soothe, relax and promote healing of damaged soft tissue in the application area. T•Shellz treatment also results in the ability of soft tissue to extend further due to the effect of heat on soft tissue. The more extensible your tissues are, the less likely they are to strain or sprain.
People tell us all the time, "I was told that if I stay off my feet for a few weeks, my pain will disappear for good."
The truth is, tendonitis pain is usually a culmination of numerous factors, such as repetitive stress, poor posture, acute injuries, and overcompensation issues resulting from other muscle and soft tissue ailments.
It may take weeks or months for these pain triggers to surface. When they , however, merely resting will solve the underlying issues. You need to utilize actions and options that actually treat the source of the pain and help reverse the damage that has been done.
Resting has a role to play, but it is only one small factor in a recovery plan.
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