Managing Tendinitis *
Tendinitis is an inflammation or irritation of a tendon, the thick
cord that attaches bone to muscle. Tendinitis is most often caused by repetitive, minor impact on the affected
area, or from a sudden more serious injury. Tendinitis can occur in almost any area of the body where a tendon
connects a bone to a muscle. The most common places are:
Recently I had tendinitis in one forearm to the extent that it hurt to simply hold the weight
of an average-sized book. Here is the plan I followed to get pain-free and able to work in only 36 hours:
- Base of the thumb
- Achilles tendon
oil pack daily to the affected area until complete relief was obtained (see detailed information on castor oil packs on
Recommendations page, www.ashiatsubycarol.com/id17.html)
2. Anti-inflammatory medication (ibuprofen) twice daily in a dose sufficient to substantially ease the pain (for
me it was 400 mg) and continuing a smaller dose (200 mg twice daily) for one full day after the pain was gone. Make sure your
doctor approves the use of anti-inflammatories given YOUR health and any treatments or medications you currently take.
3. Omega 3 fatty
acid supplement (i.e. flax seed oil or fish/krill oil), double the recommended daily amount spanned at least twice a day (in
other words, not taken all at once), continuing the double dose for 3 days after pain subsided, then back to a normal daily
for the affected area. This may not mean absolute rest, but doing things differently so as NOT to
repeat movements that hurt during a flare-up.
Any one of these things alone will be helpful ( as will massage), but together they are powerfully restorative.
The effect of the castor oil pack is simply amazing, as though the pain is literally drawn out of the body.
Add in a short-term anti-inflammatory/pain killer to support healing and for comfort while healing. Give
your body the building blocks it needs to repair the tissue with an abundance of omega 3 fatty acids. AND,
stop doing the motion that made you hurt in the first place. Now that you’re feeling so good, why
not come in for a massage to celebrate?