Passive Stretching: The Final Step in Injured Tendon Recovery
*Passive stretching, when used in co-ordination with BFST® treatments, is the final step in fully recovering from a tendonitis injury.
*Just make sure you get the go-ahead from you PT or physician before untaking a stretching routine.
You will find stretching exercises helpful for your tendonitis recovery if:
- You want to regularly play sports involving the use of your recovering tendon (swimming, tennis, baseball, golf, etc).
- You wish to safely use the full range of your injured (ie. hiking, carrying groceries, reach for items on high shelves, or want to stay active with your family.
- You have a job that requires regular use of your recovering tendon, like construction, cleaning, assembly-line work, etc.
- It is important for you to recover from your tendon injury quickly and completely, minimizing the chance of re-injury or chronic conditions (like arthritis or osteoarthritis).
- You already suffer from degenerative conditions (arthritis, osteoarthritis) and wish to maintain healthy movement in your injured joint while slowing down the degenerative process.
- You are recovering from surgery (ie. ACL surgery, knee replacement, lathroscopic knee and hip surgery, hip replacement, shoulder manipulation, rotator cuff surgery).
- You are recovering from a ligament injury or muscle strain, a pulled muscle, a partial tear (or rehabbing from a post full tear surgery or graft)
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Gentle stretching and exercise not only helps you to recover or maintain your range of motion when recovering from an injury, but in unfortunate cases when surgery is required, it is often recommended both before and after undergoing surgery. Surgeons will sometimes recommend a pre-surgery plan that includes specific exercises to prepare your joint for the surgical procedure. After surgery, stretching is recommended again as part of your rehabilitation from the surgery recovery process. At that stage you will probably meet with a physical therapist to learn proper exercising techniques.
Exercising focuses on enhancing the flexibility of soft tissue - muscles, tendons and ligaments in your affected area, while also strengthening surrounding soft tissue. In the body, all things are connected. So when you are trying to heal a soft tissue injury you will need your surrounding (non-injured) muscles, tendons and ligaments to be strong and healthy too. This is because the surrounding soft tissue will help distribute the weight of carrying or reaching while you recover from your injury.
The most amazing thing about stretching is that the benefits of this can be greatly enhanced by pre-warming the soft tissue areas that will undergo stretching by the application of electromagnetic energy.
Your body uses your blood supply to heal. Even if you don't receive enough blood flow to the location of your tendon injury, you can still treat yourself in a way that gives your natural blood flow the boost it needs to reach further into your torn or strained tissue. Luckily the application of electromagnetic energy not only warms up soft tissue, it also boosts blood circulation in the area where it is applied.
How To Maximize The Benefits You Can Receive By Stretching
Working with your blood flow is an easy process that can be made even easier with the treatment tools available from AidYourTendon.
- BEFORE STRETCHING - Warm Up Your Affected Area with BFST® Just Before Your Start A Stretch Routine
Before you start stretching your weak, tight, stiff tendons and surrounding soft tissue, help your body to deliver increased blood flow with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®). BFST® is a therapy that substantially increases the flow of blood to your injured area without the need to move your weakened joint. This is the way to get maximum blood flow to your injured tissue by helping your own body stimulate blood flow. BFST® is the fast, easy, pain-free way to increase blood flow. More blood flow means more healing nutrients, oxygen and antibodies; which means faster, more complete healing of your damaged tissue. The only way to get BFST® while treating yourself at home is through use of a BFST Wrap®.
The BFST Wrap® = The Perfect Pre-Stretch Warm-Up Tool
- AFTER STRETCHING - Use Effective Cold Compression for Your Post-Stretch Cool Down
Right after you are done exercising you need to reduce pain and swelling to prevent re-injury of your tendon and muscles. This can be done with effective cold compression through use of a ColdCure Wrap®. Use of the ColdCure Wrap® after stretching will numb your pain in a comforting way, get rid of your swelling and stop tissue damage in soft tissue on a cellular level. The ColdCure Wrap® will help reduce the amount of fluid leaking into your soft tissue, decrease pressure being placed on your blood vessels, and open pathways necessary to deliver blood flow right into the injured area.
Effective Cold Compression with a ColdCure Wrap® slows nerve and cell function - reducing swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
What You Need to Enhance
Your Tendonitis/TendoVaginitis/Tenosynovitis Stretches:
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic BFST Wrap® to increase Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ and increase elasticity to injured soft tissue (BFST®).
- A Professional Cold Compression ColdCure Wrap® to reduce inflammation that may result from your stretches (as soon as possible after exercise, exertion or stretches).
Joint Atrophy is arguably a bigger issue than even scar tissue. Whether you have a chronic tendon injury or have recently had an operation, you will find that your joint has a more limited range of motion than you had before. In most cases, this is due to atrophy - the shortening of connective tissue in the joint due to inactivity. In cases where atrophy exists, it is very important to stretch and do gentle exercise to nip this problem in the bud before it becomes a chronic (long-lasting) issue. If you are currently recovering from a chronic injury speak with your physician about stretches and exercise. We also have some relevant ebooks available in pdf format. Ebook prices start at $4 each.
Risk vs Reward of Stretching
Stretching is an important part of most injury recovery processes though timing is everthing. This is why it is important to consult with your physician or physical therapist before initiating any form or exercise or stretching after a soft tissue injury. Stretching has been known to aid in the increase of healthy blood flow circulation, flexibility, and range of motion - all of which help to decrease your pain and speed up in the natural healing process of your soft tissue.
When you stretch and hold a stretch, the action of stretching lengthens your muscles, tendons and ligaments. Movement of any kind is an essential part of recovery from a torn or strained muscle or tendon, rehabilitation after soft tissue surgery, or managing on-going pain from injury, re-injury or degenerative conditions (like arthritis and osteoarthritis).
There are a lot of misconceptions about stretching - like how to stretch, when to stretch and how long to hold the stretch. In some ways, your stretching can be completely ineffective if you aren't following some very basic guidelines during your stretch. Improper stretching can also lead to more pain, re-injury or even more worsen your tendon injury. Stretching is such a vital part to recovery, but the idea that "any stretching is good stretching" is completely wrong. If you arenít going to take the time to stretch properly, speak to your doctor, meet with a physical therapist, learn what stretches will help your condition and the techniques to properly stretch then you arenít involved enough in your own injury recovery process.
Here are the questions you need to ask yourself in order to determine if your stretching will actually help in your soft tissue injury recovery process:
- Are you stretching your muscles, tendons and ligaments in the affected joint when they're "cold"?
- Is your stretch consistent and stable?
- Are you holding the stretch long enough?
- Are you experiencing any pain?
- Are you "cooling down" properly after stretching?
Learning these details will help you in making sure that your rotator cuff exercises will have a long-lasting positive impact on your recovery process.
"Cold" Stretching is Bad
One of the most common mistakes people make when stretching is thinking that you're supposed to stretch before initiating activity. If you're not an athlete then you might know about "cold" stretching and may be doing this every time before your workouts.
"Cold" stretching is basically doing static (non-moving) stretches before getting active. it is thought that stretching before activity will loosen up your muscles, warm up your tissue and get your circulation moving. Everything you may have thought about this is wrong. Stretching right away without a proper warm up can actually decrease your strength, power and performance. (reference: 1)
Static stretching can be harmful to your body if you aren't warming up properly first. Doing static stretching on "cold" soft tissue (that has not had a chance to warm up) will be forcing your tissue to lengthen and extend and will only tighten up your injury tissue further. Some studies have found that static stretching without a proper warm up will actually decrease muscle strength by 30%. Your tissue may even stay in a weakened state for 30 minutes after your stretching. Now it's obvious to see why for these reasons you should be properly warming up your soft tissue before stretching - and the best way to do that is to increase your blood flow to increase oxygen intake to your muscles, tendons and ligaments. (reference: 1).
Bouncing in a Static Stretch is Bad
Moving or bouncing your limb while stretching in a static (unmoving) pose can actually do you more harm than good. Bouncing into stretches can cause tearing in your joint (muscles, tendons, ligaments) that will lead to the growth of more scar tissue in the area. This scar tissue will further tighten the area making any movement or activity even harder.
It's important that you keep a still position when stretching an injury to make sure that the stretch is benefiting your injury instead of making it worse.
Not Holding a Stretch Long Enough & Holding a Stretch too Long is Bad
Holding your stretch for 30 to 60 seconds is important to actually gain benefit from the stretch being performed. Stretching for less than 30 seconds will not provide a difference in flexibility or lengthening the soft tissue in your rotator cuff (muscle, tendon, and ligament fibers). Stretching for more than 60 seconds can tighten and stiffen your joint because you're leaving your tissue in a fully contracted or extended position which will result in lack of circulation in that specific joint.
Pain While Stretching is Bad
Rotating or raising your limb too far into a stretch can also be harmful to your recovery process. If you feel pain at all when stretching you are most likely going too deep into the stretch and attempting to extend your joint range of motion too far. In some cases, your joint (shoulder, knee, elbow, etc.) might start to fight against your stretch, which is a natural muscle response. Muscles have memory and they know the range of motion that's safe for your to go into and hold a stretch. If you try to stretch beyond that natural range of motion your muscles will try to stop the stretch and push back against your efforts.
Not "Cooling Down" After Stretching is Bad
After stretching your soft tissue you need to increase blood flow circulation and treat any new micro-tearing in your rotator cuff. This is when a proper "cool down" is essential to make sure that your tissue is receiving enough oxygen by increasing your blood flow. This can be done easily by applying cold to your tissue after stretching. Cold will bring blood flow away from your arms and legs to centralize it into the core of your body near where your injury is. Increasing blood flow is a quick and easy way to supply the much-needed oxygen to your tissue. Cold applied at this time will also nip any swelling or inflammation in the bud so you won't feel the pain and swelling that usually comes with new tissue damage.
Is Stretching and Exercise Enough to Fully Recover from a Tendon Injury?
Stretching can only do so much to help you recover from your tendonitis. If you're attending physical therapy appointments then you'll soon see that physical therapy only gives you a small amount of time (a few weeks) to recover from a muscle, tendon or ligament injury. Even if you have surgery, you'll only get a few weeks of physical therapy for post-op rehabilitation. It's important that you understand that a short time at physical therapy with on-going stretching under the guidance of a medical professional can be helpful, but it's merely the beginning of your journey.
Stretching is important, but what should you be doing to make sure that your stretching is having a lasting impact on the recovery of your tendinitis?
For most people suffering from a significant soft tissue injury - especially chronic tendonitis, exercise is only the beginning. In order to fully recover you need to augment your recovery with conservative treatment methods done at home on a daily basis. Continuous movement and stretching is the only way to regain range of motion in your joint and prevent atrophy (wasting away) of your muscles and tendons. What truly makes a difference to your overall injury recovery and rate of healing is your commitment to a long term recovery plan that includes regular stretching and use of conservative treatment tools at home.
Ask any doctor or physical therapist and they'll tell you that the success of your soft tissue injury recovery and/or surgery depends on your level of dedication to regular at home care of your injury.
The best way to add to your exercising at home (and any stretching under the guidance of a medical professional) is use of conservative treatment tools that will help you to "warm up" and "cool down" your tissue. This requires an increase in blood flow before stretching and a decrease in any pain and swelling after stretching.
The only way to increase blood flow on your own is through cardio, aerobic activity, or continuous movement. This might sound easy to do before your injury, but can be difficult to achieve when you are in a lot of pain. So what do you do when you need to warm up your tissue before exercise but you can't move your injury?
This is where use of conservative treatment tools, like a BFST Wrap®, can boost your blood flow without having to move your already injured joint. A BFST Wrap® will provide Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ that increases the elasticity of soft tissue. After stretching, effective cold compression therapy with a ColdCure Wrap® will have a major impact in subduing the swelling in and around your soft tissue injury while dealing with any new tissue damage caused by your stretching. Cold compression during your "cool down" will also naturally relieve much of the swelling induced pain caused by stretching (especially if you have over-stretched or deepened the stretch too much).
Most of our clients have treated themselves successfully through regular use of our AidYourTendon home therapy products - the BFST Wrap® and ColdCure Wrap®. Our clients often combine these therapeutic treatments with the rehabilitation plan recommended by their doctor, surgeon or physical therapist.
Using these therapies (on a regular basis, as suggested in the product instructions and under the guidance of your doctor) will boost the effectiveness of your stretching (providing long-lasting benefits), and lessen the chance and/or severity of joint degeneration, muscular atrophy, re-injury or other soft tissue pain during your recovery process.
Your 3-Step Stretching Process
Part of recovery is building a plan for successful healing that includes 3 essential elements: a warm-up, stretching and a cool down. This 3-step approach is also used in every physical therapy setting. It's a process that provides the best results and impact of your stretching.
Step 1 - Warm Up The Area You Intend to Stretch
For this 1st step many physical therapists will use heat, manual manipulation, deep tissue massage, clinical ultrasound devices or a warm bath to warm up your injury area and the entire joint. The goal during this first step is to increase healthy blood flow circulation and relax your soft tissue. Warming up the area will increase the elastic nature of your tendons, ligaments, and muscles, making it much easier to stretch, and when needed, hold the stretch. This will also extend the amount that you will be able to stretch your affected joint.
Use a BFST Wrap® for 15 to 20 minutes at least half an hour before your exercises. A BFST Wrap® will promote Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) - a therapy that will increase the blood flow to your rotator cuff tear while warming up and relaxing your injured tissue. BFST® will make your muscle, tendon and ligament fibers more elastic and pliable, allowing for more ease of movement when you're stretching.
Continued treatment with BFST® will also deliver much-needed oxygen, nutrients, antibodies and energy to your rotator cuff. This will boost your own natural healing ability and speed up your time for recovery.
Step 2 - Do Your Exercise/Stretch Routine
Proper stretching of your affected joint is meant to increase range of motion and strengthen all of the supporting tissue in the injured area. When stretching it's important to also develop the surrounding muscles as they will be taking on some of the work that your injured tendon can't handle. Strengthening your entire area will also give you a better chance of slowly improving the mobility of your joint. This injured soft tissue will only be as healthy and pain free as you make it with doing your daily stretching exercises. Gaining back your mobility is critical to developing a healthy joint.
Step 3 - Cool Down The Stretched Area
Toward the end of your appointment your physical therapist may introduce cold compression, acupuncture, or TENS to relax your injury site after intense stretching and exercise. We recommend the use of a ColdCure Wrap® after stretching, or whenever you feel sharp pain. The ColdCure Wrap® will relieve any on-going pain and swelling while preventing full-blown inflammation from returning after your stretching. Using the ColdCure Wrap® after stretching will help remove inflammation and help remove constrictions that limit blood flow in the affected joint. This allows the recently stretched soft tissue to get better access to oxygen and nutrients in the bloodstream and help remove lactic acid builup - sorely needed when recovering from exercises and stretches.
Start with a 20 minute treatment directly after stretching and apply more cold compression whenever you need to relieve pain and inflammation in your injury area.
Are You Ready to Start Exercising?
If you suspect you may have a tendon injury,
- The first thing to do is speak with your doctor. Only your doctor can give you a proper diagnosis and from this, determine a course of proper treatment. Unless you need surgery to fix a torn tendon, your doctor will almost always recommend conservative treatment options - conservative treatment options for a tendonitis tear typically means rest, ice the injury, elevate the injury and take anti-inflammatory medication.
- Second, if your doctor has decided that your injury can be treated with conservative treatment options, then you'll find that many of our customers have had great success treating themselves with our powerful conservative treatment products - the ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap®.
- Or, if surgical intervention is required, talk with your doctor about using these same products for post-surgery recovery as you will find them to be effective for reducing post-surgery inflammation, enhancing range of motion and minimizing scar tissue growth.
Tendon Re-Injury Needs to be Avoided
Constant re-injury (you know when it's happening, you can feel the pain) needs to be avoided at all costs. Obviously, it delays the healing process, but what's worse is that every re-injury and additional healing cycle increases the amount of scar tissue that builds up in and around your rotator cuff injury.
Scar tissue is hard, inflexible, and tough to get rid of. The more severe your injury is, the more likely that this scar tissue will fill into the tears in your soft tissue, also attaching to all of the surrounding healthy tissue. This added scar tissue will restrict your ability to control the movement of your joint. Scar tissue also makes the affected area much more prone to injury again later on as scar tissue is inflexible. The more scar tissue that develops, the more you lose the range of motion in your entire joint.
Continuous re-injury and build-up of scar tissue while staying active means you'll have a greater chance of winding up with on-going pain, more tearing in your joint and tearing or weakening (atrophy) of surrounding tissue (ligaments, tendons, muscle).
If you have pain and inflammation, it's very important to heal your injury quickly and completely. You must avoid the build up of scar tissue. If you don't, your injury may become chronic and plague you for years. This is why it's so important to continuously use conservative treatment tools to heal any recurring soft tissue damage before it can build into something big. For any tendonitis, tendon tear or tenosynovitis sufferer, having the right tools means all the difference.
'Over Compensation Pain' Needs to be Treated
Everything in the human body is connected. Any soft tissue injury can lead to other injuries over time if not treated properly. If you have bicep tendonitis in the upper arm/shoulder for example, you might start lifting with and using your opposite arm when performing normal daily activities, like brushing your teeth, brushing your hair, carrying or reaching for things. You may also try to rely on your opposite (healthy / stronger) shoulder and arm to get yourself back to work, activities or your sports sooner to avoid waiting for your original tendon injury to heal completely.
For shoulder tendonitis, many of our clients have experienced pain in the affected arm's elbow and their opposite elbow or shoulder because they shift their lifting weight and use to the opposite arm. For example, you might normally reach for items off of higher shelves with your right arm, but instead will use your left arm while your right arm heals. Even though changing something like this seems like a really small thing, changing the way you would normally reach and grab for things when your body isn't used to that can result in pain and injuries in your healthy arm. For sufferers of hip or knee tendonitis, the often experience overcompensation pain in the lower back and opposite knee.
Over time you'll notice that you automatically start to put more weight on your non-injured side to cope with everyday activities. When you experience pain on the opposite side of your body, this is something called "over compensation" pain. Usually an initial injury will occur on the dominant side (if you are right handed, this would be your right shoulder/elbow/knee/wrist). When this happens there is a higher risk that you'll over-strain your weaker side that's compensating for your injury, because it's just not as strong as your dominant side.
Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) is the best treatment available to deal with over compensation issues and injury prevention by maintaining healthy blood flow to the entire affected area.
Even if you try to avoid over compensation pain, you're still at risk for re-injuring the original injury. Ignoring over compensation pain and the pain felt from your soft tissue injury while returning to regular activities or your job can lead to even more problems with healing.
To Start Recovery, Healing Time must be Minimized with Effective Treatment Options
If you have a torn tendon or a suffering from tendonitis or tendinosis, it's very important to heal it quickly and completely. Minimizing the healing time should be an obvious goal, as a chronic tendon injury will limit your ability to go about your daily routine for a long period of time.
A seemingly small, nagging tendon or muscle injury that's not properly treated can lead to a chronic painful degenerative joint injury that can persist for months or even years if not properly treated.
What You Need to Treat Your
- A Professional Cold Compression ColdCure Wrap® to reduce inflammation (as soon as possible).
- A Deep Tissue Therapeutic BFST Wrap® to increase Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™to the injured soft tissue (BFST®).
These tools are what you need for rapid healing. These are the tools that top professional athletes use to treat their injuries every single day. And just like these athletes, you can treat yourself at home.
If you are suffering from any form of tendinopathy or you're recovering from soft tissue surgery, you can heal quickly if you treat your injury correctly. That means using the right therapies every single day.
Here's how it all works...
When There is Pain and Swelling - Reduce It With a ColdCure Wrap®
For conservative treatment of pain and swelling in soft tissue - even after surgery, get the swelling down to "open up" the area for more blood flow. Anyone in the health-care business knows that your blood supplies the oxygen and much needed nutrients required for your body to heal naturally after surgery. This is why doctors and surgeons recommend cold compression therapy within the first 72 hours of an soft tissue injury and/or following surgery.
Cold compression therapy is recommended to reduce pain, swelling and tissue damage. Many doctors, surgeons and physical therapists consider cold compression therapy to be the gold standard for treatment of inflammation and pain. On-going cold compression treatments can reduce, or even eliminate, the need for NSAIDs or other medications that can be harmful to your body.
Cold compression therapy is known and trusted by most medical professionals. This is why for years doctors, trainers and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, after any re-injury, and especially after surgery.
Although RICE can help to treat these symptoms, ice and inferior gel packs reach temperatures so low they can cause cryoburn, an ice burn on your skin. The problem is, up until now there hasn't been any other option to treat painful conditions and injuries with effective cold compression, so ice and blue gel packs (full of antifreeze and chemicals) have been the only choice up until now.
Fortunately you no longer have to settle for these ice cold methods that are uncomfortably cold against your skin, provide short term relief, cause ice burns, and numb your skin and underlying tissue beyond feeling so you don't even notice the ice burn until it's too late. You can also get rid of those cold packs that warm up soon after you pull them out of the freezer and gel that pools around your injury putting the short-term cold everywhere except for where you need it most - on your tendon injury!
The ColdCure Wrap® is the cold compression tool you need for your post-surgical recovery to treat yourself in an effective and convenient way.
When used on a rotator cuff injury, our ColdCure Wraps® provide:
- The highest-level of cold compression to quickly decrease pain, swelling, inflammation and draw the heat out of your injury area.
- A tailored neoprene wrap that conforms perfectly around your body.
- Effective cold compression that's unlike any other cold compression wrap out there.
- Cold temperatures that stay right over your injury for the entire length of your treatment.
- A home-based solution with consistent (daily) cold treatments that reduces swelling fast, decreases tissue damage after injury or surgery, and opens up the vessels in and around your tendon injury to receive the blood flow circulation needed to heal quickly and naturally.
- Heavier, more substantial gel packs containing a special formulation of gel - called RigiGel®.
RigiGel® is our trademarked name for a unique gel formula that's made out of food-grade, non-toxic material which holds the cold for an extended period of time. This specially formulated gel also features non-migrating gel technology that makes our ColdCure Wraps® truly different from any other wrap available on the market.
RigiGel® is a patented formula that gives you:
- More cooling power per pound of gel than standard cold compression wraps.
- More gel than other wraps, meaning every time you put one on it will keep your treatment area cold for a longer period; pain relief is enhanced and swelling is better controlled.
Our special RigiGel® packs can be chilled in the fridge or freezer to tailor the amount of cold that you need for your injury. It doesn't matter how you cool it down, because our gel packs are chock full of gel that's designed to cool down into millions of tiny snowflakes. This method of cooling means our gel packs aren't icy-cold, just perfectly cold enough to give you the most effective cold compression available.
The cushioned gel will wrap around you and it won't budge for the entire treatment period. You'll no longer have to deal with annoying pooling of ice water or have to hold a hard block of ice on your injury!
Effective Cold Compression Therapy slows nerve and cell function - reducing the swelling that blocks blood vessels from doing their job.
This is important because once blood vessels are blocked or damaged, they can no longer carry oxygenated blood through the tissue and tissue cells begin to break-down. Without cold compression therapy cellular break-down and tissue damage continues as the cells don't get the oxygen they need to survive. By limiting the amount of damage done to your soft tissue, you also limit the amount of healing that needs to occur. This is a very important step to heal your tendon and muscle injuries faster and with less pain! This is why you need to treat your injury as soon as possible, when you notice pain / swelling / inflammation, directly after a re-injury or surgery. Applying a ColdCure Wrap® right away will stop the damage immediately and unblock your blood vessels to let your body's natural blood flow in to start healing the tissue.
The ColdCure Wrap® = Effective Cold Compression Therapy
It'll seem weird for you to read this, but there are a LOT of people out there that don't understand how fast cold compression with a ColdCure Wrap® can get the swelling / inflammation under control! After you get rid of the swelling for good you can start actually dealing with starting to heal your underlying injury.
Use a Cold Compression ColdCure Wrap®:
- 24 to 72 hours after your initial injury or when you first notice pain and swelling to stop cellular damage, relieve pain, and decrease swelling.
- After exercise, workouts or activity of any kind to prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery during rehabilitation to control pre and post-surgery pain and swelling.
- Anytime your shoulder feels tender, painful or you're having a flare-up of an old muscle or tendon injury.
- Anytime you have swelling, sharp throbbing pain or inflammation.
- Any other situation where you need to draw the pain and inflammation out of your injury site.
Boost Your Healing Rate: - Improve Circulation, Soften Scar Tissue & Prevent Re-Injury with Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™
There are a lot of people that think their tendonitis is gone after swelling and inflammation is gone and they start feeling better. They also make the mistake of returning to regular activities too soon without proper time for healing. The truth is that healing takes time and after the swelling is gone your tendon or muscle injury isn't fully healed.
After inflammation has been reduced, providing extra blood flow and strengthening the tissue in your soft tissue injury is recommended. Believe it or not, the best time for you to focus on avoiding re-injury and strengthening the weakened tissue is when the swelling is gone. It's vital that you don't go back to activities too soon because chance of re-injury is high while your soft tissues are still weak. It is a common problem for tendonitis sufferers.
- Have you recently re-injured your tendon by returning to your normal daily activities too quickly?
- How many times in the past have you aggravated your tendon injury just trying to perform basic tasks around your house?
- Is your tendonitis preventing you from work or activities you love to do?
If this sounds like you - You're not alone...
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. The real challenge is how to promote blood flow to your injury without causing further damage. This goal is even more complicated by the fact that you have to use your arm for almost everything in everyday life.
What Can You Do To Actually Start Healing Your Tendonitis?
The answer is simple. Your body can heal itself and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen. Your blood is how everything that's good inside of you is transported directly to your injured rotator cuff. Your blood carries oxygen, nutrients, water and antibodies right to the source of your injury and pain. Bringing proper blood flow to your soft tissue injury is essential for healing.
Promoting blood flow around injured tissue to help the body heal itself is a concept that's been used for centuries. Oxygen and nutrients, carried in your own blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from your injury or tissue tear will be delayed... Sometimes for a very long period of time.
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to the tendons and ligaments in your shoulder can be difficult. Traditional methods require you to move your injured joint in order to promote blood flow. This same motion that promotes blood flow can also make your pain and injury much worse (especially if you need to immobilize the area during surgery recovery). Relying on movement alone to increase blood flow puts you in serious danger of re-injury.
So what do you do when you need to increase blood flow, but you can't move the limb without re-injuring your tissue?
This is where the BFST Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®) come in!
Using Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ (BFST®), will help with your recovery and heal your soft tissue more completely. BFST® increases the amount of blood that flows naturally to your soft tissue to nourish the area, improving elasticity and speeding the healing process. This increased Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™ to your damaged muscles and tendons is greatly needed to complete your healing and avoid re-injury once and for all.
The only way to get BFST® is through use of a BFST Wrap®.
The BFST Wrap® is the only treatment method that improves blood flow and circulation on a deep tissue level. Other methods of warming / heating tissue (hot water bottles, hot baths, etc) will only ever increase blood flow on a surface / skin level. These methods are not very effective in heating up deep tissue - your skin and sub-dermal layers insulate very effectively against temperature extremes, and this is why we recommend the use of electromagnetic energy waves. These waves go right through the insulating skin layers and are absorbed by high-protein tissue - this means dense tissue like tendons, ligaments and muscles. We feel it is simply the most effective way for heating deep tissue.
The best source of heat treatment is from a product where you don't even feel that much heat. When you don't feel the heat, it means the therapy is working in your deep soft tissue which is really where you need it. It's kind of like how your heart works in your body. You can't "feel" your heart pumping blood all around your body to your arms and legs. You can't even hear your own heartbeat without listening very closely. This is exactly how deep tissue BFST® works too!
You're not supposed to "feel" a lot of heat because the heat isn't treating your skin, it's treating your ligaments, tendons and muscles, increasing the blood flow right where your injury is!
- When treating a soft tissue tear or any soft tissue injury, an effective therapy will increase blood flow to the injury while your treatment area is immobile.
- This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
- The BFST Wrap® is the most highly effective blood flow stimulation device that you'll find on the market that is approved by the FDA for use in the home or hospital.
Regular treatments with a BFST Wrap® can reduce pain and stiffness from scar tissue and increase overall flexibility in your arm. Increased blood flow will whisk away damaged tissue, toxins, and any bacteria in or around your soft tissue injury to promote more effective healing. Getting rid of toxins will allow all of the positive healing processes to work more quickly. Increasing blood flow will also increase the amount of oxygen that's being sent to your injured tissue AND boost your tissue's ability to absorb oxygen. (reference: 1)
How Does the BFST Wrap® Promote BFST®?
Every BFST Wrap® contains a patented Energy Web® that's flexible and shaped to conform around your shoulder. The Energy Web® provides a uniform wave of healing electromagnetic energy over the entire treatment area. This energy travels deep inside your soft tissue to stimulate blood flow on the deep tissue level where it's needed to heal your injury. It's the electromagnetic energy provided provided by our BFST Wraps® that's crucial to the healing process.
Electromagnetic energy is the only way to get your blood flow moving on a deep tissue level for these reasons:
- Electromagnetic energy waves are not heat waves.
- When emitted from the BFST Wrap®, electromagnetic energy waves penetrate right through your skin and fat layers until they get to your damaged tissue.
- Once these energy waves reach your tissue injury, they're absorbed and quickly converted into heat energy right at the location of your injury.
- The idea of electromagnetic energy waves is slowly catching on in North American, but the truth is, it's a technology that's been used for decades.
Many people just don't know that over the past 30 years, researchers in Japan and China have completed extensive studies on the use of electromagnetic energy for healing and their findings have been impressive. Success has been reported in studies from countries like Sweden and Germany. Research is continuing and soon, much of North American will know what the Far East and Europe has known for a long time...
Electromagnetic energy provides a wide range of health benefits for those not only suffering from tendonitis, but for many other soft tissue injuries as well.
Regular treatment with the electromagnetic energy in our BFST Wraps® will ensure:
- Your pain will be reduced.
- Your tendon tear/strain will heal at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury.
- Your shoulder will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue in your joint. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
Electromagnetic Energy = Increased Blood Flow = More Oxygen, More Nutrients and Less Toxins = Faster Healing
Our BFST Wraps® are uniquely patented designs that are better than other alternatives out there for more than just the electromagnetic energy they provide! Our wraps are made from medical-grade material - this should be as important to you as it is to us. Other products that are sold in stores are considered "consumer goods" meaning the material only needs to be as good as a sweater that you wear. Clothing articles like this don't need to meet high standards of production or materials and may include materials that irritate your skin.
Since our wraps are medical-grade products registered with the FDA, they are of a higher quality and need to meet way more standards for manufacturing (ISO 10993 - bio-compatibility testing). This makes our wraps the safest product to increase blood flow circulation.
Our manufacturer has spent years perfecting the wrap design to make sure you get the treatment you deserve!
Use A BFST Wrap®:
- After swelling and inflammation have been reduced with cold compression.
- Before exercise or workouts to warm up the area and prevent re-injury.
- Before and after surgery (make sure to consult with your surgeon), during rehabilitation, to warm up before physical therapy exercising or stretching.
- Anytime you feel the injured area has stiffened up, is tight and your mobility is reduced causing you more pain.
- Anytime you have sore or aching tissue.
- Any other situation where you need to increase blood flow to relax your soft tissue, relieve pain, prevent re-injury and enhance flexibility of your tissue.
The only solution to truly repair a chronic injury for good is to break up scar tissue and avoid re-injury.
This can be achieved with regular use of the BFST Wrap®. This device provides the blood flow needed to soften your scar tissue and encourage this tissue to convert into health.
It may seem hard to believe, but our ColdCure Wraps® and BFST Wraps® will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce your amount of suffering from degenerative conditions (like arthritis) by maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and reducing swelling / inflammation induced pain.
Prevention and Promotion of Lifelong Health
If you want to avoid re-injury, or manage pain and increase circulation for lifelong health benefits a ColdCure Wrap® and BFST Wrap® will provide the results you are looking for.
Why spend time in pain, off from work, and missing out on your active lifestyle when you can be proactive about your injury and the health of your body? Talk to your doctor about incorporating a regular routine of using a ColdCure Wrap® and Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy™.
Call one of our AidYourTendon Advisers at no cost or obligation to address any lingering questions you have about using heat or cold for your tendonitis - toll free 1-866-237-9608.
Learn More About SUPERIOR Tendon Injury Recovery Treatments
Learn more about how the ColdCure Wrap® is designed to be the most effective cold compression wrap on the market today.
Learn more about how the BFST Wrap® can greatly increase your odds of recovering successfully and permanently from a tendon injury.
We have tools that will help you to prevent and treat the symptoms of both acute and chronic tendon injuries (even thickened tendons that often contribute to nerve impingement). When it comes to your tendon injury, it's best to start effective long term healing right away. Our Advisers are highly trained individuals and will help find the long term healing goal that's right for YOU. Why wait?
Call today and get on the road to recovery faster than ever before!
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