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I developed tendonitis in my elbow. Will rolfing or massage make it heal faster?

David Murphy (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Structural Integration (rolfing), can make a huge difference, but the best way to know is to go in for a session and see for yourself. You should have a better idea of whether it will help after 1-3 sessions. That said, in my experience the answer is most often yes. It can sometimes the be THE most helpful thing for tendonitis, especially when coupled with movement education.
Megan Dempsey (Denver, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, I have used massage, ice and epsom salt soaks with great results in the past!!
Christine Gross (Grand Rapids, MI) on Oct 10, 2014
Hello: Ice and rest is best though massage can help speed up the process as well as posture correction.
Jagdish Jindal (Houston, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Rest the elbow. Massage therapy should be all right, but concentrate on the area around the humerus bone.
Sue Moore (, ) on Oct 10, 2014
I am not sure Rolfing will make it heal faster. Compression massage definitely helps.Rest, ultrasound and heat therapy work as well. There are no quick fixes, so be patient.
Joseph DeBoo (Naperville, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
Massage therapy will help in the healing process. When there is an injury to the body or one of its extremities, the whole body has to adjust during the healing process. If the healing process is disrupted, the injury will not heal properly. Massage therapy speeds the healing process by aligning fibers, breaking down adhesions, flushing intracellular waste and increasing blood flow. Keep in mind that massage cannot eliminate the need for the healing process.
Jon Stange (Santa Monica, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Absolutely. Tendonitis is an inflammatory issue, caused when the tendons get too tight, due to either ove use or an imbalance between flexor muscles and extensor muscles. Scar tissue from micro-tears can also build up around the attachment site of the tendon, making the condition chronic. Massage and icing are a good first approach. Rofling will create better movement patterns to keep this problem from coming back.
Joseph McCoy (Muenster, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, it can help. Medical doctors are in the dark. Most muscular and skeletal pain dysfunctions can be cured with massage and manual therapies. Some useful techniques are sports massage, myoskeletal alignment technique and Rolfing, to name a few.
Bharat Kalra (Wheaton, IL) on Oct 10, 2014
A single session of massage can bring relief, as can cold laser treatment.
Heather Stevens (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 10, 2014
Rolfing/Structural Integration will give you a more permanent solution to the tendonitis.
Rosemary Rickard (Tampa, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Find out what caused the tendonitis and stop doing that activity. If it it causes from chronic repetitious movements, then you need to stop overworking the tendon. Your elbow is inflamed. Ice can help as well as something prescribed by your physician to decrease the inflammation. If an alignment issue is causing the tendonitis, then you may benefit from craniosacral therapy and some form of structural integration.
Lara Aitken (Orlando, FL) on Oct 10, 2014
Acupuncture works on a deeper level. Massage therapy will help with the circulation.
Brian Wah (Herndon, VA) on Oct 10, 2014
Of course!
Said Alla (Chadds Ford, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
if it is acute, first thing to do is rest it and ice it and then at subacute stage, massage it. but to prevent the injury, always get sometime to stretch the arms and massage consistently.
Carin Piacente (Putnam Valley, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes it will. Most tendonitis is caused by an overuse. I suggest finding a ART massage therapist.
Terri Hosfeld (Phoenix, AZ) on Oct 10, 2014
I have had luck in certain cases relieving tendinitis symptoms by working different muscles that have an effect on the elbow. Icing and resting are the only way to reduce the inflammation ("itis" suffix means inflammation) of the tendon. Massaging the muscles that pull on the area well help expedite the healing process by relaxing those muscles and increasing the circulation in the area increases the healing potential.
Anne Hoff (Seattle, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Rolfing Structural Integration will definitely help by balancing out the strain pattern all around the joint and its related muscles and fascia. Expect even better results if you find a Rolfer who is also trained in neural release methods for nerves.
Desirae Glasgow (Salt Lake City, UT) on Oct 10, 2014
Tendonitis is an over use injury, meaning it only flares up when you have been using it too much. The BEST thing for tendonitis, is ice and rest. It is not a good idea to receive massage on it when it is painful, as that will push more fluid to the tendon, causing it to become more inflamed. After it calms down, massage can help prevent it from flaring up in the future by keeping it relaxed and moveable.
Minki Kim (Astoria, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
Hi there, It is great to hear you are resting and icing your elbow since these are great methods to reduce pain and inflammation. Compression and elevating the inflamed area are usually a good rule of thumb as well. Rolfing would be an appropriate modality to explore for your tendonitis because it specifically manipulates connective tissue (tendons, ligaments, cartilage,etc) and the fascial matrix of the human body. Rolfing will most likely alleviate your tendonitis and prevent future pain, discomfort, and inflammation. Hope this helps! -Minki Kim
Kim Greenlee (El Paso, TX) on Oct 10, 2014
If it is truly tendinitis (inflammation of the tendon), then ice should help. However, sometimes it is tendinosis that is diagnosed as tendonitis. Heat, stretching and massage can help tendinosis and ice, stretching and massage can help tendinitis. Sometimes the problem is both tendinitis and tendinosis. In any case, ice and/or heat, specific types of massage, stretching and treating the scar tissue are key.
Jennie Mison (Philadelphia, PA) on Oct 10, 2014
The healing process cannot be significantly accelerated. Healing can, however, be enhanced and made more encompassing to the structures in and supporting the injury - rather than just the injured tissue itself - with adjunctive, supportive therapies. Massage will not only help the healing process be more effective, but it will also help prevent other problems because it will incorporate the entire area as part of the healing process and help the body find its natural balance again.
Debbie Clemans (Everett, WA) on Oct 10, 2014
Any condition that end with -itus indicates inflammation. Massage at the origins of the flexor and extensor muscles can help to reduce the inflammation. Ice and rest are also indicated to help with the inflammation.
Julie LaFrano (Breckenridge, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
It will help the healing process. Always ice first.
Jason DeFilippis (New York, NY) on Oct 10, 2014
HI, Rest is usually essential for tendonitis. Ice is good for the joints and ligaments. Rolfing will also help your physical organization.
Cherline Metelus (Atlanta, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
Tennis elbow occurs due to weakness in the tendon, which creates tightness in the muscles of the forearm. I would go with Rolfing, along with stretching exercises, for the treatment of tennis elbow.
Mark Carlson (Costa Mesa, CA) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, both will help. Both is better than one or the other.
Sally Cina (Saint Louis, MO) on Oct 10, 2014
Since I am a Rolf Structural Integrator, I will speak about that and not massage. A good Rolf practitioner can help you find better ways to use your elbow, and therefore for can help you heal faster and in a more permanent way. Tendonitis often develops as a result of repetitive strain. As you find ways to use your body in a more balanced and effective manner, you can reduce the impact repetitive tasks have on your body. If one is suffering from an acute and severe period of inflammation, it is important to rest it and allow things to settle down before receiving bodywork. After the acute phase has passed, Rolf Structural Integration can provide lasting ease in your elbows.
Dianna Kendrick (Martinez, GA) on Oct 10, 2014
It is tendonitis is only if it is inflamed and warm to the touch. So ice is a good idea. I am a certified Rossiter coach and can eliminate many types of pain. Massage increases blood flow and can be beneficial. You do need to rest and ice the area.
Deborah Gilmore (Golden, CO) on Oct 10, 2014
Yes, massage, especially neuromuscular massage, can help tendinitis.