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tendonitisThere are many different kinds of painful tendon problems. Tendonitis occurs when a tendon, which attaches muscle to the bone, becomes inflamed. Unfortunately, this fibrous tissue only tends to heal slowly because of the restricted blood supply in the tendons.

Tendonitis can occur in various areas of the body including the shoulder, the forearm, the elbow, the wrist, the hip, the knee, and the lower calf. The tendonitis may be from an injury. Or from overuse caused by repetitive work and the stress of over work which diminishes the body. Tendonitis is not necessarily the easiest of conditions to treat, especially when it starts to reoccur and become a chronic problem. So early treatment is always recommended.

Menopause can result in severe tendon pain and painful tendonitis in various parts of the body. Either full or peri menopausal tendonitis restricts movement and is fatiguing.

The objective of Chinese medicine is to identify where the energy flows of the body have been blocked or disrupted. The aim is to then restore these energy flows , both locally at the source of the problem, and also throughout the entire body to aid the overall healing process.

Tendonitis can be treated with acupuncture to reduce the pain, decrease the inflammation and improve the range of movement. Depending on the severity and the individual,  the immediate treatment results and the recovery times do vary. So it may be necessary to have a number of acupuncture treatments. Moxibustion may be a part of the treatment protocol.

Laser acupuncture can be used instead of needle acupuncture, but laser acupuncture may not be as effective as needle acupuncture.

Electo-acupuncture treatment is available.

Chinese massage or tuina therapy, which is an acupressure massage, can also be helpful to increase blood flow and stimulate the healing. Regular stretching exercises may also be recommended by the practitioner.

Acupuncture may be useful after surgery to assist the recovery process.

Chinese herbal medicine may be required to improve the healing response of the body.

Self care including dietary and lifestyle changes can also support the treatment. This will positively assist your painful tendonitis, your quality of life and hopefully your happiness.