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More Tendon Facts:

Tenosynovitis is a condition affecting the sheath that surrounds a tendon. In many cases, the sheath encounters tearing due to inflammation of the underlying tendon. The majority of tenosynovitis sufferers are female.


A fully ruptured Tendon REQUIRES surgery. It will not heal on its own.


Except for a fully ruptured tendon, Tendonitis can almost always be cured without surgery.


Left untreated, tendonitis can be extremely debilitating and lead to life long complications.


Continually using your Tendon while it is injured will lead to a worse injury.


To Heal as fast as possible use conservative treatment options at home such as:

Rest
Use an Ice Pack to Get Swelling Down
Use a TShellz Wrap at Home Once Swelling is Down
Stretch at Home Once Your PT or Doctor Approves
Treat the Injury Well Beyond the Point After the Pain Disappears

 

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What Are Trigger Points?

Trigger points cause pain more often than any other condition, are drastically under-diagnosed due to lack of information. Trigger points are specific, hyper-irritable and hypersensitive areas in muscle that suffer from decreased circulation, increased contraction and spasm. Lack of circulation creates a high anomaly of toxins and increased nerve sensitivity that can range from low ache to sharp pain. Now just because the trigger point causes the pain does not mean that the spot is painful itself. When the pain causing spot is painful it is called a primary trigger point. However, pain can also manifest itself in areas away from the active trigger point - such pain is called referred pain.

Shoulder Trigger Points

A significant trigger point nodule can often be noticed as a small lump in the muscle, usually no larger than a pea. Less substantial trigger points are not so noticeable by a lump, but are easy to find anyway - just search your own muscles for the spots that feel most tender; they will transmit pain pain when you press on them. You may not be able to locate a trigger point by feel, but it will always hurt when you press on it.

It is not uncommon to find a "taut band" of muscle stemming from an advanced trigger point; this taut band will feel much like a small cable. These taut bands extend from the trigger point outward and can be mistaken for a tendon, and it is these taut bands, brought on by trigger points, that keep your muscle in a state of tension. Taut bands that are found in shoulder muscles are directly attributable to lack of shoulder movement. The bad news is that left untreated, the trigger point will worsen and the taut band will become more taut, freezing up your shoulder joint more and more. To free up your shoulder mobility, it is hugely important to:

  • Find the location of the trigger points that are freezing up your shoulder joint.
  • Eliminate these trigger points as soon as possible, to escape a worsening downward spiral of soft tissue tightening that may eventually lead to adhesive capsulitis (frozen shoulder).

Trigger Points and Frozen Shoulder

Within the PT arena, one of the classic resources for Kinesiology (the study of movement and the way muscles cause movement to occur) reference is Brunnstrom's Clinical Kinesiology (Smith, Weiss, and Lehmkuhl 1996); much of the following information on this page will stem from this book. Though much of Kinesiology is focused on movement, it is also concerned with the myriad of factors that limit the function of muscles.

As you may or may not know, many shoulder problems will occur because one or more of the 24 muscles associated with the shoulder are not functioning properly. Trigger points within the muscle tissue affect muscle function negatively, and the most important effects of trigger points are as follows:

  • Trigger Points shorten muscles and actively prevent them from lengthening
  • Trigger Points often cause muscle weakness.
  • Trigger Points often are painful -> This pain makes muscles stay tense -> This constant tension in the muscle will make the trigger point worse, thus completing a continually worsening cycle.

The reality about adhesive capsulitis is that it takes time for adhesions to develop and the shoulder already has to be locked into place for adhesions to form. In the opinion of some *doctors, the first step in treatment is to get rid of the trigger points that reside within the muscles associated with the problem shoulder. The sooner the trigger points are treated, the better chance there is to keep adhesions forming in the shoulder joint.

Travell, J., and D. Simons. 1983. Myofascial Pain and Dysfunction: The Trigger Point Manual. Vol. 1. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins.


The Supraspinatus Is The Most Commonly Injured Rotator Cuff Muscle

Pain pattern supraspinatus

Healthy muscle fiber is neither contracted nor stretched when at rest. When contracted the muscle fiber is closer together and when stretched, it's further apart. In a muscle that is causing trigger point pain, the fiber develops a knot and is in a constant state of contraction. The fiber around these knots is stretched by the excess tension and the muscle fibers become tighter. With the continuous contraction, blood flow is slowed to a stop in the trigger point area and essential oxygen and nutrients are prevented from reaching the muscle tissue. Toxins and waste build up in the muscle and you will experience pain, tension, irritation, and spasm.

It is not uncommon to find a "taut band" of muscle stemming from an advanced trigger point; this taut band will feel much like a small cable. These taut bands extend from the trigger point outward and can be mistaken for a tendon, and it is these taut bands, brought on by trigger points, that keep your muscle in a state of tension. Taut bands that are found in shoulder muscles are directly attributable to lack of shoulder movement. The bad news is that left untreated, the trigger point will worsen and the taut band will become more taut, freezing up your shoulder joint more and more. To free up your shoulder mobility, it is hugely important to:

  • Find the location of the trigger points that are the source of your shoulder problem.
  • Eliminate these trigger points as soon as possible, to escape the downward spiral toward continually worsening shoulder mobility.
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Trigger Points and the Rotator Cuff

Pain pattern infraspinatus

Within the PT arena, one of the classic resources for Kinesiology (the study of movement and the way muscles cause movement to occur) reference is Brunnstrom's Clinical Kinesiology (Smith, Weiss, and Lehmkuhl 1996); much of the following information on this page will stem from this book. Though much of Kinesiology is focused on movement, it is also concerned with the myriad of factors that limit the function of muscles.

As you may or may not know, many shoulder problems will occur because one or more of the 24 muscles associated with the shoulder are not functioning properly. Trigger points within the muscle tissue affect muscle function negatively, and the most important effects of trigger points are as follows:

  • Trigger Points shorten muscles and actively prevent them from lengthening
  • Trigger Points often cause muscle weakness.
  • Trigger Points often are painful -> This pain makes muscles stay tense -> This constant tension in the muscle will make the trigger point worse, thus completing a continually worsening cycle.

Pain pattern subscapularis

The reality about rotator cuff injuries is that they often start slowly and gradually worsen to the point where the pain from the injury reduces your range of motion, eventually "freezing up" the shoulder joint. Once the shoulder is immobile, adhesions start to develop essentially locking your shoulder into place. In the opinion of some doctors* the first step in treatment is to get rid of the trigger points that reside within the muscles associated with the problem shoulder. The sooner the trigger points are treated, the better chance there is to keep adhesions forming in the shoulder joint.

Trigger Point Treatment

The good news is that nearly all muscles attributed to shoulder immobility can be treated with the Shoulder TShellz Wrap. A blood circulation boost device with a warming temperature effect can be a very powerful tool to help eliminate trigger points.

Directly below you will find some summarized points from Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition.
(amazon.com link) Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin.
Generally it is accepted that heat on soft tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments) provides the following desirable therapeutic effects:

  • Tissues heated to 45 degrees Celsius and then stretched exhibit a nonelastic residual elongation of about 0.5 to 0.9 percent that persists after the stretch is removed. This does not occur in these same tissues when stretched at normal tissue temperatures.
    Stretching of tissue in the presence of heat would be especially valuable in working with ligaments, joint capsules, tendons, fasciae, and synovium that have become scarred, thickened, or contracted. Such stretching at 45 degrees Celsius caused much less weakening in stretched tissues for a given elongation than a similar elongation produced at normal tissue temperatures.
    Experiments cited clearly showed low-force stretching could produce significant residual elongation when heat is applied together with stretching or range-of-motion exercises. This is safer than stretching tissues at normal tissue temperatures.
  • Muscle spasms have long been observed to be reduced through the use of heat, be they secondary to underlying skeletal, joint, or neuropathological conditions. This result is possibly produced by the combined effect of heat on both primary and secondary afferent nerves from spindle (tissue) and from its effects on Golgi tendon organs.
  • Heating muscles produces an increased blood flow level similar to that seen during exercise. Temperature elevation also produces an increased blood flow and dilation directly in capillaries, arterioles, and venules, probably through direct action on their smooth muscles. The release of bradykinin, released as a consequence of sweat-gland activity, also produces increased blood flow and vasodilatation.
  • Increased peripheral circulation provides the transport needed to help evacuate edema, which can help inflammation, decrease pain, and help speed healing.

Your massage therapist can certainly help with trigger point massage, but if you are treating your shoulder at home with the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap® multiple times per day, it is our opinion you will have a greatly improved chance of getting rid of your trigger points (and subsequently increase the range of motion in your shoulder). In some situations, trigger points in the back could be the cause of shoulder immobility; if you are certain that the underlying problem is in the upper back area, we recommend the use of the Back T•Shellz Wrap®.


Stretching

Pain pattern subacromial bursitis

A stretching routine can undoubtedly lead to a successful outcome for many patients. However, there are times that many people in pain simply cannot tolerate stretching. When pain levels are high and your muscles are too taut, stretching may actually aggravate your injury. In cases such as this, an option would be to first minimize your pain using trigger point massage and T•Shellz Wrap® home treatments until you can reach a point where you start some moderate stretching without the pain. If you find the stretching aggravates the problem, stop stretching and just continue with the massage and T•Shellz Wrap® treatments.

Combined with a stretching routine, the Shoulder TShellz Wrap is any effective treatment product for trigger points. Successful treatment of trigger points will increase shoulder range of motion and reduce the likelihood of a worsening rotator cuff injury. However, know that no amount of treatment will help with complete detachment cases of rotator cuff tears. If muscles or tendons are severed, a Cold Compress or Ice Pack and TShellz Wrap can help manage your pain and inflammation, but surgery will be required for recovery.


Symptoms of Trigger Point Pain

The trigger point spot will usually become more tender or sting when you push on the spot and the referred pain will increase in intensity. Other symptoms include:

  • you will feel a knot or hard lump at the spot
  • the muscle may twitch when the spot is pushed
  • intolerance to weight on the shoulder (purse, backpack, etc.)
  • a deep ache over the top of the shoulder
  • pain on the back of the shoulder or on the inside of the upper arm

Examples of Possible Causes of Trigger Point Pain

Tender trigger points typically develop from lack of stretching and/or improper stretching but can also be caused from stress/trauma, repetitive motion or even poor posture. Other common causes are:

Trigger Point Muscle Fibers
  • sitting without firm back support (slumped posture)
  • prolonged sitting in a chair without armrests, or armrests that are too high, or too low (leaning to one side)
  • cradling a phone between ear and shoulder
  • large breasts
  • one leg shorter than the other
  • typing on a keyboard that is too high
  • prolonged improper sleeping position
  • playing a violin
  • kayaking
  • overly tight bra straps
  • carrying a purse (prolonged hiking up of the shoulder)
  • head-forward posture
  • whiplash
  • walking with a cane that is too long

Reduced circulation in trigger points will eventually lead to muscle shortening and restricted movement which further accentuates the pain, thus completing a cycle of decreased mobility and further pain. This commonly becomes the underlying cause of adhesive capsulitis, chronic shoulder immobility and even chronic headache pain. The patient will typically continue to suffer from these ailments for long periods until the problem trigger points are treated directly.

Mild Trigger Points can be addressed sometimes through massage and some sufferers maintain that acupuncture treats these problems as well, though it is not accepted by many medical institutions. Permanent removal of chronic trigger points and conditions caused by this (headaches, lack of flexibility in shoulders and neck, upper back pain, etc.) typically requires treatment using massage (and in our opinion, TShellz Wrap treatments).

Treating Trigger Point Pain - What Options Are There?

If you have shoulder and rotator cuff pain caused by tense, constricted muscles - use a T•Shellz Wrap® for your trigger points. Trigger point pain is caused by constricted muscle fibers that form knots, and eventually cause a buildup of toxins in the area. The trick to getting rid of this pain is loosening the knots to release the constricted muscle fibers. This will allow blood to flow through the fibers once again, bringing the vital oxygen and nutrients required for healthy tissue. An effective and pain-free way to loosen the knots is through a warming treatment such as can be found with the TShellz Wrap.

Scar tissue develops as damaged rotator cuff tissue heals. This can lead to re-injury or other painful conditions if left untreated.

In addition, you want to get your muscle tissue back in the best possible condition you can. To do this, it is important to treat the scar tissue that forms in the muscle when the damaged tissue begins to heal - something our TShellz Wrap wraps intended for. Even with optimum healing, there is always less elasticity in previously injured muscles fibers. However, if you heal your trigger point pain properly and treat scar tissue build up, your chance of chronic trigger point pain and shoulder conditions later on is much lower than average.

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Tendon Injury Facts:

When the tendon gets inflamed it is known as tendonitis, and when the tendons are chronically overused, it may lead to microscopic tears in the collagen matrix and causes a gradual weakening of the tissues.


Achilles tendonitis is a common injury among runners, as the Achilles tendon is responsible for helping you lift off the ground with each stride.


As computers become ever more important elements of the work place and everyday life, incidents of wrist tendonitis are on the rise.


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Ice and Compression treatments are the easiest and most effective treatments for tendonitis.

 

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