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Biceps Tendinopathy: A Guide to Massage Therapy

massage therapy for biceps tendinopathy

Biceps tendinopathy is a condition characterized by inflammation and pain of the long head of the biceps tendon, which runs from the shoulder to the elbow. This condition can be caused by overuse, repetitive motion, or direct trauma. Fortunately, massage is an effective treatment for this type of tendinopathy and can help reduce pain, increase flexibility, and improve overall function. In this blog, we’ll discuss what you should know about biceps tendinopathy and how massage can help manage your symptoms.

What Is Biceps Tendinopathy?

Biceps tendinopathy is a common overuse injury that occurs when the long head of the biceps tendon becomes inflamed or irritated due to repetitive motions or direct trauma. This condition is often seen in athletes who perform overhead activities such as throwing or weight lifting. It can also be caused by direct trauma such as falling on your arm or shoulder. Symptoms include pain, stiffness, decreased range of motion, swelling, and weakness in the affected arm or shoulder.

How Can Massage Help Biceps Tendinopathy?

Massage has been proven to be an effective treatment option for biceps tendinopathy because it helps reduce tension in the muscle fibers surrounding the injured tendon. Massage can also improve circulation which helps reduce inflammation and promotes healing. Additionally, massage techniques such as myofascial release can help restore the range of motion and reduce scar tissue buildup around the affected area. Finally, regular massage sessions can help strengthen weak muscles and decrease tightness in other areas of your body that may be contributing to your injury.

When Should I Seek Treatment for Biceps Tendinopathy?

If you are experiencing any signs or symptoms associated with biceps tendinopathy it’s important to seek medical attention right away. Early diagnosis and intervention may prevent further damage to the tendon and help speed up recovery time. If your doctor recommends massage for treating your condition then it’s important to find a registered massage therapist (RMT) who can provide a safe and effective treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

In conclusion, if you suffer from biceps tendinopathy it’s important to seek medical attention right away so that early intervention can begin before further damage occurs. Massage has been proven to be an effective treatment option for this type of injury because it helps reduce inflammation and improves circulation which ultimately helps promote healing in the affected area. If you have been recommended for massage then give us a call today to see how our RMTs can help so that you recover quickly without further complications down the road.

If you have any questions or would like to explore further, please book a free, no-charge online appointment with either myself, Natalie Yeo, RMT, or another RMT in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Natalie Yeo, RMT

Massage Therapist
Natalie is passionate about helping you reach your goals to get you back to living a pain free life. Natalie does this by combining hands on massage treatments with personalized home care exercises that suit your needs. Natalie is trained in general Swedish massage, Myofasical release and Joint mobilizations. Natalie can help you with a verity of different conditions including stress, pain management, overuse injuries, postural imbalances, neurological conditions, sports related injuries and so many more.

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