Tendinopathy occurs in and around tendons in response to overuse.
Research suggests little or no inflammation is present in these conditions. Therefore, it is important to focus on treatments that enhance blood flow to the tissue in order to facilitate the healing process.
Tendons are dense tissues and as a result, they naturally receive limited blood flow. This is precisely why tendon injuries and tendinopathy take so long to heal.
The challenge is, how do you effectively increase blood flow to these tissues when they are already weak and damaged?
- Rigorous exercise is out of the question as it will lead to further injury.
- Heating pads merely provide a surface heat and do not effectively penetrate into the dense tissues.
- Therapy is helpful, but that only happens a few times a week.
It is through the blood the body carries the nutrients, oxygen, and antibodies the injured tissues need to repair and rebuild. This is the basic foundation for healing. The challenge is finding treatment options that be done frequently, conveniently, safely, and cost effectively.
Research shows that diathermy treatments based on an electromagnetic energy are very effective treatment for stimulating blood flow to dense tissues such as tendons, ligaments, muscles, and even portions of cartilage. This of course, is what is needed to kick start the healing process. With only a few quick treatment sessions per day from home, this would allow for the consistently needed to overcome degenerative changes in the tissues.
So for those dealing with tendinosis, a modality based on this technology should be the first and foremost consideration.
Electromagnetic energy is an energy waveform that is absorbed by dense tissue as mentioned above, and not absorbed much by less dense tissue (fat cells, skin). Absorption of this energy translates to heat, and the body increases blood flow to the area as a response to the heat. This increased blood flow speeds up the healing process, clearing the area of toxins and excess fluid build up, thereby reducing inflammation.