In part one of this article, we talked about what Tendinitis is and how massage is beneficial to the healing process. While doctors might prescribe physical therapy, ice and gentle stretching, it is important to find someone who is familiar with this condition. You doctor may also prescribe pain relievers and anti-inflammatory medications such as motrin or alleve. Beware of using these anti-inflammatory as they might mask the symptoms and prolong the recovery.
It is better to treat the symptoms which include swelling, stiffness, discoloration and response to movement. You can take more natural supplements like Pycnogenol and Hyaluronic acid.
Pycnogenol is derived from a pine bark of a tree which grows exclusively along the coast of southwest France in Les Landes de Gascogne. Pycnogenol is a natural combination of procyanidins, bioflavonoids and organic acids. The extract has four basic properties- it’s a powerful antioxidant, acts as a natural anti-inflammatory, selectively binds to collagen and elastin and aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide which helps to dilate blood vessels.
Today, Pycnogenol is one of the most researched ingredients in the natural product marketplace. Published findings have demonstrated Pycnogenol’s beneficial effects in cardiovascular health, osteoarthritis, skincare, cognitive function, diabetes health, inflammation, sports nutrition, asthma and allergy relief and menstrual disorders, among others. The Pycnogenol® brand is included in more than 700 dietary supplements, cosmetic products and functional foods and beverages worldwide.
Hyaluronic acid is a component of synovial fluid, found in the vitreous humor of the eye, the synovial joints and the subcutaneous tissue where it typically acts as a cementing agent. Hyaluronic acid has anti-inflammatory and anti-edematous (swelling or holding fluid) properties. Hyaluronic acid plays an integral role in maintaining and regulating moisture with the tissues and helps to transport nutrients into cells and remove metabolic waste. Hyaluronic acid is found in all of the body’s tissue. The highest concentration of Hyaluronic acid is found in synovial fluid in your joints and cartilage and the extracellular matrix of the skin.Hyaluronic acid is essential for healthy joints and cartilage.
Other supplements you can take are Glucosamine, Chondroitin sulfate and methylsulfonyl methane (MSM) which helps the body rebuild tissues while increasing the strength and elasticity of tendons. You can also use a topical homeopathic anti-inflammatory called Traumeel which promotes tissue healing. These can be found at your local health food store or online.
While Tendinitis plagues many people with pain, chronic or recurring, there are Holistic ways to heal and handle the symptoms. At Total Holistic Body we combine massage, stretching and hydrotherapy to get you on the road to healing. Combining these therapies with natural anti-inflammatories, can promote natural ways to help your body to heal. As your body is healing we will give you exercises to do, to strengthen the weakened areas and get you back to your Total Holistic Body.
– Jeannine Nystrom
Jeannine Nystrom specializes in rehab exercise therapy, is a licensed massage therapist, certified stretching therapist, certified personal trainer and esthetician. As someone who had multiple injuries when she was younger that limited her living a healthy normal life, she was thrilled to find someone who was able to teach her how to self help with stretching and massage, getting back into shape and living a balanced life.
She owns a studio and day spa in Juno Beach, Florida and teaches all of these practices to her clients so they too can have a total holistic body and live a more balanced life.
Visit Jeannine’s website at http://www.totalholisticbody.com