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How Massage Therapy Affects Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy

massage therapy for rotator cuff tendinopathy

Rotator cuff tendinopathy is a condition characterized by the degeneration of the rotator cuff muscles and tendons in the shoulder. It can be caused by repetitive use, overuse, or even trauma to the shoulder. If left untreated, this condition can lead to severe pain and discomfort as well as decreased mobility and strength in the shoulder. Fortunately, massage can be used to treat this condition and provide much-needed relief for sufferers.

What is Massage?

Massage therapy  involves applying pressure to certain parts of the body with hands, fingers, elbows, forearms, or feet. This type of treatment helps relax muscles and improve circulation while also providing pain relief from tightness and soreness. It can reduce stiffness in joints as well as chronic tension in muscles.

How Can Massage Help Rotator Cuff Tendinopathy?

When it comes to treating rotator cuff tendinopathy specifically, massage can help reduce inflammation and scar tissue buildup around affected areas of the shoulder. This helps improve the range of motion in the joint and decrease pain associated with movement due to tightness or soreness. Additionally, massage can increase blood flow to affected areas which helps promote healing while also providing temporary relief from pain.

Massage should always be done with caution and under the guidance of a registered massage therapist who has experience dealing with rotator cuff injuries and understands how best to manage them through massage techniques. The massage therapist should take into account any existing conditions such as arthritis or bursitis when performing massage sessions so that no further damage is done to already inflamed tissues or joints. A good massage therapist will also take into consideration any medications taken for the condition before beginning treatment.

In conclusion, massage is an effective treatment option for those suffering from rotator cuff tendinopathy or related conditions due to its ability to reduce inflammation, loosen tight muscles, improve circulation around affected areas, and reduce chronic pain associated with this type of injury. However, it should always be done under the guidance of a qualified professional who has experience dealing with these types of injuries so that no further damage is done during treatment sessions. With proper care and attention paid to existing conditions as well as medications taken for the injury, massage can provide much-needed relief from the pain associated with rotator cuff tendinopathy while helping promote healing in affected areas of the shoulder joint over time.

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 registered massage therapist in Waterloo or Kitchener at CARESPACE. We are happy to listen and are here to help!

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Natalie Yeo, RMT

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, Trigger point therapy, 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.