...they simply decided to try our home treatment recommendations and committed themselves to a daily protocol.
Before you decide on a treatment path for your bursitis, an understanding of the three major stages of the healing process is critical. With the right knowledge and the right treatment options, you can accelerate your recovery without the fear of re-injury or setbacks (which unfortunately, happens a LOT with soft tissue injuries - we will explain why further down the page).
Regardless of what bursitis you may be suffering from (knee, hip, shoulder, elbow, ankle), the treatment stages are the same. The location of the treatment is wherever the inflamed bursa may be.
Inflammation is the body's natural response to a soft tissue injury and is a normal part of the healing process, helping to reduce tissue infection in the early stages of injury. Swelling, pain, heat sensation, redness, and loss of function are the main symptoms experienced and it is your body's way of telling you there is something wrong.
The combination of rest, topical pain relief cream and the use of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack (when there is swelling) is the gold standard in medicine for minimizing tissue damage and reducing inflammation after injury or activity. It serves as a critical starting point before continuing into the next phase of the healing process.
Bursae, tendons, and ligaments are considered soft tissue although they are also very dense. As a result, they naturally receive very little blood flow and this is precisely why injuries to these tissues take so long to heal. The challenge is - how do you effectively increase blood flow to tissue in these areas?
It is through the blood that the body carries oxygen, nutrients and water that injured soft tissue rely on to repair and rebuild. It is well known that increased blood flow dramatically helps your body accelerate the healing process.
When you have a bursa injury, there is reduced blood flow to the injury site - inflammation and reduced movement (lack of activity or on-going immobility) will reduce the flow of blood - and if you think about it, this makes sense. Moving the joint(s) where there is bursitis is very painful, so it is very common for bursitis sufferers to have significantly reduced mobility; over time, this leads to atrophy - a shortening of muscles, tendons and ligaments of the joint. As your bursa heals, you run a high risk of straining your muscles and tendons as they have become shortened due to lack of use - leading to more soft tissue injures and possibly putting you into a chronic soft tissue injury cycle.
This is why the T•Shellz Wrap®is such an important tool. The whole purpose of the wrap is to provide localized heat while also significantly increasing blood flow to tissue in the treatment area. The result of this is as follows:
With dedication, the right tools, and the right information - you will achieve your goal of a sustainable recovery. A combination approach of rest, cold compression, T•Shellz Wrap® treatments, and functional movements will make it happen much more quickly.
In our experience, soft tissue repair rates via conservative home treatment methods using a dedicated, comprehensive approach have surprised many of our clients, but will differ from person to person. In nearly all cases, however, it is very important to stop whatever you were doing that created the injury in the first place (ie. running, repetitive movements at work, etc).
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Most of you are reading this because you suspect you have a bursa injury, or perhaps you have already received a confirmed diagnosis. Either way, you are most likely interested in learning; what are the steps I need to take to properly heal bursitis?
We receive questions like this on a daily basis. The approach we take is based on years of experience and based on sound, scientific principles. We discuss these approaches in-depth further down the page and throughout the rest of the website. Before getting into that however, it is important to understand the characteristics of the bursa and the role it plays within the body.
A bursa is a closed, fluid-filled sac that functions as a cushion and provides a gliding surface to reduce friction between tissues of the body around joints. Essentially, a bursa provides a slick surface so that tendons and ligaments can "slide" across a bony prominence so they don't catch or rub against the bone.
The major bursae (bursae is plural for bursa) are located adjacent to tendons near large joints, such as in the shoulders, elbows, hips, and knees, though there are hundreds of them throughout the body. Bursae will typically develop as the body needs them, and it is not uncommon for some people to have bursae in an area where others do not. Once a bursa becomes inflamed, the condition is known as bursitis; if the bursa becomes infected, it is known as "septic bursitis". Septic bursitis is not something to take lightly, as an infected bursa can spread infection throughout the body and become life-threatening very quickly.
If you suspect you may have bursitis, go consult your physician. Only your physician can truly diagnose bursitis, and from this, determine a course of proper treatment.
After seeking medical advice, your physician may opt to aspirate the bursa, remove the bursa (known as a bursectomy), inject steroid into the bursa, or recommend conservative treatment options.
If you have pain and/or swelling within or around a joint, you may have bursitis. See your physician if symptoms do not go away within a few weeks. It can take several months to get rid of bursitis, though conservative treatments and/or medical treatment can speed up the process. It is important to deal with bursitis quickly - the longer bursitis continues, the greater the chance this injury will cause secondary injuries such as tendinitis or muscle strain due to decreased Range of Motion that will eventually occur.
If a bursectomy is undertaken, you will find we have effective solutions to reduce post-surgery recovery time. Reduction of inflammation reduces pain, enhances range of motion and minimizes scar tissue growth. You can read more about effective options for pre/post bursitis surgery here.
Once a bursa becomes irritated and inflamed, recovery time is lengthy, requiring a reduction in activity for a long period of time to allow the bursa to heal. This is why many bursitis sufferers start having muscle atrophy and tendonitis problems near the injured bursa. An inflamed bursa will often starting causing nearby tendon inflammation, and your immobile joint will begin to lose more flexibility as unused muscles shorten over time (atrophy). This is why it is important to heal your bursitis as quickly as possible - you need to avoid the vicious cycle of tendonitis and decreased Range of Motion that will occur with chronic (long term) bursitis.
Before we go further, it is important to understand that your body is capable of healing itself. This is why your physician will always try to opt for the conservative treatment first - usually, it works although it takes time to heal. Your blood flow carries oxygen and much needed nutrients to injured tissue in the body while also flushing away toxins and waste at the same time. When you have a bursitis injury, however, there is not much blood flow in the bursa, and since you are not moving the area much, blood flow in the area is further minimized. Joint movement where the bursitis is can increase the severity of the injury; if there has been some healing, you could re-injure yourself if your joint is not immobile. Blood Flow (the natural healing process in your body) needs assistance for such injuries because blood flow is greatly restricted when you are immobile. When treating bursitis, an effective treatment will increase blood flow to the injured area while the joint is immobile. The increased blood flow will maximize the body's own ability to heal tissue.
Recovery from bursitis can take a very long time, especially when some of the less effective, traditional methods are utilized. This is simply because typical treatments either focus on masking of pain or are too inconsistent to provide sustainable improvement.
It goes without saying that anyone suffering from bursitis should want to minimize their chance of worsening the injury, or re-injuring the bursa once it has started to get better. Obviously, a worsening injury will delay the healing process, but what's worse is that every re-injury and additional healing cycle increases the amount of time that your joint is immobilized. Time is not kind to an immobilized joint - you lose strength in the joint but worse than that, you lose the range of motion in your joint via atrophy (your flexible tendons, muscles and ligaments slowly shrink, decreasing joint elasticity). The more time that goes by with an immobile joint, the more likely you will wind up with a chronic joint problem (long term injury such as tendonitis or persistent bursitis pain). Basically it means that your joint will not perform as well as it once did and it becomes more prone to injury again later on.
If you have an inflamed bursa in one of your joints, it's very important to heal it quickly and completely. Minimizing the healing time of your bursitis should be an obvious goal, as bursitis typically limits your ability to go about your daily routine. As stated here (MedicineNet.com), if your long-term (chronic) bursitis is left untreated, calcium deposits can form within the bursae. These calcium deposits can lead to permanent stiffness in the affected joint.
While the benefits of PT are very real and we believe it to be integral for recovery from soft tissue injuries, the problem is that people only attend sessions a few times a week.
To truly provide a long term solution to combat bursitis induced soft tissue damage, you need to be receiving multiple treatments on a daily basis and get rid of your bursitis asap. Not just any type of treatments, but ones that focus on generation of new healthy tissue.
Treatments for soft tissue injuries are cumulative in nature...meaning the more the treatments are administered, the faster the benefits can be experienced.
Who these days has time to visit a clinic on a daily basis? Not only is your time limited, but the cost of daily PT sessions is out of reach for most people.
Therefore, the focus needs to be on adding treatment options that can be done frequently, from the comfort of your own home (and even the workplace if the opportunity presents itself). We will discuss these options later on down the page.
We see it all the time - people for weeks and even months only focus on using cold. Doing too much cold will actually inhibit the recovery because you are starving the injured tissues of the blood flow they need to repair and rebuild the collagen. Cold restricts the vessels - reducing the blood flow to the tissues that truly need it most.
The truth is, there will always some mild inflammation associated with tissue injuries. However, some of that inflammation will remain UNTIL you begin to focus on healing the soft tissue (muscle). Once this begins to heal, the inflammation will then subside more permanently - not just temporarily like with cold treatments.
As an analogy, think of a home with a leaky roof. You can place a bucket on the floor of the attic whenever it rains - and this will help temporarily, but does it truly address the situation? Obviously the answer is no. Not until you focus on repairing the structural issues with the roof - will the problem be actually solved.
The same concept applies to injured soft tissue - you need to focus on reinforcing growth of flexible, strong tissue. To do this, you need more blood flow reaching them, not less.
This can be VERY helpful in alleviating pain and when it comes to bursitis, pain relief alone can make a huge difference. However, some people get a false sense that their injury is healed because they are not experiencing the pain they once did. Some individuals even engage in activities they should not be doing because they "no longer feel pain". Once the effects wear off, people often find their bursitis persists . This of course, results in a prolonged recovery. Be very careful about your activity after the injection because there is little, if any, pain feedback to tell you that you're overdoing it.
Merely masking the pain can be very helpful temporarily, but it is not a solution; it is just a temporary fix.
If you've been living with the agony of bursitis for some time now, it's almost a sure thing that you're feeling discouraged, tired, and worn-out. Some bursitis sufferers we have spoken with have been confined to a wheelchair - just due to the pain of their bursitis! Seemingly simple chores are now impossible - like getting in and out of a car, cooking a meal, or just standing and walking for significant periods of time. The constant pain has no doubt interrupted your sleep, just adding to the long-term misery that this condition can bring on.
Inflamed bursae cause extreme pain and reduce your ability to move. It can be very challenging to keep a positive attitude and outlook when suffering from the pain and immobility that bursitis can bring.
If you choose not to deal with your bursitis, you may end up in a long term downward spiral. What ends up happening is that bursitis will often freeze you up over a long period, cause overcompensation injuries and decrease the range of motion in your affected joint (which can by itself cause secondary soft tissue injuries). This will definitely set back your recovery and in some cases, it can trigger a long term problem that never goes away (reduced joint mobility, tendonosis, permanent limp). In the case of one of our previous clients, he was confined to a wheelchair for over 2 years specifically due to a chronic bursitis problem - believe me in saying this - it is important to not ignore bursitis.
Every time we use our joint where there is painful bursitis, tendons and muscle tissue move; when they disturb an inflamed bursa, every movement hurts. With injured tissue, pain happens - sometimes a LOT of pain, so we try not to move it. So, when doing something we need to use our affected joint for (climbing stairs, getting up from the sofa, moving a car wheel, walking to the mailbox), we start to use the non-affected joints more. In the case of shoulder bursitis, we use our other shoulder instead even though it is inconvenient. In cases of hip bursitis, you may find you are using your knees and back more - and so forth.
A couple days later (after purposefully avoiding movement of affected joint), the pain has gone down (as well as the swelling) and this is where the trouble begins! The pain disappeared with the swelling but we still aren't fully healed! Not knowing this, we start using our joint again and then the injury swells up again like it did before - all because the injury wasn't fully healed in the first place.
Eventually, we use the other leg/shoulder/arm more and more, over a lengthy period of time. This is why the other joints start to hurt - they are being overused and taking the load that your affected joint once did. Soon, aches and pain can become commonplace elsewhere in the body - all as a result of the original bursitis injury and the body's instinctive nature to "protect" the original injury - all because the injury wasn't fully healed in the first place!
We continually re-injure ourselves through our daily activities and now we are dealing with long term chronic injuries due to atrophy and overcompensation.
Muscle imbalances result, placing tension on bone and softer tissues - leading to a misalignment within the body. The extra stress on the opposite side of the body will also result in weakness and fatigue of soft tissue - increasing the chances they can eventually be injured or gradually degenerate. This is a textbook example of how you get an overcompensation injury. In some cases, physical therapists (PTs) warn that overcompensation can be very dangerous as it will affect gait or alignment on a permanent basis.
An injury to one bursa can easily lead to straining in other areas, making an overall recovery hard to initiate. For example, a serious case of bursitis in the right knee can often lead to over-straining of the left knee and even hip. Most commonly, the injury occurs on the dominant side, so the risk of straining the other (weaker) side increases. The longer the injury (and corresponding pain) persists, the greater the chance that you will sustain more strain from overcompensation, eventually leading to issues in those areas as well. To minimize potential secondary injuries, know that it is important to deal with your bursitis injury quickly and completely.
Truly, bursitis pain can trigger a vicious overcompensation and re-injury cycle - which is why it is absolutely critical to focus on methods that improve and strengthen the injured bursa in a timely manner. The faster you truly heal, the less chance you have of sinking into a downward spiral of re-injury, scar tissue growth, atrophy and overcompensation injuries.
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If you suspect you may have bursitis, the first thing to do is consult your physician; only your physician can give you a proper diagnosis and from this, determine a course of proper treatment. After seeking medical advice, your physician will determine the degree of severity and whether or not it is infected (important!). An infected bursa is known as septic bursitis and can be life threatening - so get it checked out! In some cases of bursitis, your physician may recommend removal (known as a bursectomy) in which case a conservative treatment protocol would be recommended after your skin heals up from surgery.
In many cases, your physician will recommend conservative treatment options. A general outline of our conservative home treatment recommendations follow..
If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the very early stages of the injury (first 48 to 72 hours), the first step in a conservative treatment protocol would be to focus on reducing the discomfort by applying a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to the injured bursa along with a high quality pain relief cream such as our Arnica Infusion Cream.
Not only will you use your Cold Compress or Ice Pack for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, but you should also use it during other stages of the healing process. Some examples include...
Having a Cold Compress or Ice Pack available at home to use if and when the need arises is helpful. Many of you already do so.
However, too many people over-focus on cold in later stages while ignoring the most critical aspect to healing - nourishing the injured tissues with a healthy supply of blood flow needed to repair and rebuild the injured tissues.
This leads to the most important recommendation for Stage 2...
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to injured soft tissue (bursae, muscles, tendons) can be difficult. When talking about blood flow in the bursa, challenges are even greater as bursae receive very little blood flow. Traditional methods require your muscle to move to promote blood flow (exercise), but that same motion that promotes blood flow can at times lead to making your pain and condition worse.
Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. Perhaps it has already happened to you. Promoting blood flow within a soft tissue injury to help the body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. This is where the focus has to be if you are seeking long-term improvement.
Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from an injury or condition will be delayed...sometimes for a very long period of time.
The real challenge is how do you promote blood flow to your bursa and surrounding soft tissue without causing further injury?
This is why the T•Shellz Wrap®is such an important tool. The whole purpose of the wrap is to provide localized heat while also significantly increasing blood flow to tissue in the treatment area. The result of this is as follows:
Once energy from the T•Shellz Wrap® absorbs into the treatment area, the metabolic response then kick starts the process - more blood now begins to flow in and around the application area. Injured soft tissue needs the extra blood flow to heal as it is through the blood the body carries the oxygen, water and nutrients needed for proper and long-term healing.
Now, on to recommendation number two in the journey to heal your bursitis...
The best option we came across in our research to accomplish a safe, substantial boost in blood flow to tissue in the treatment area is the T•Shellz Wrap®. Use of this device will results in an increase of blood flow to the treatment area - all in a non-invasive manner.
Have you seen what happens when you add water to a flower wilted from drought? In essence, your bursitis injury is much like a "wilted" flower; your body wants to heal its injury, but needs lots of nutrients to do it. Blood brings life to your tissue by delivering healing nutrients and oxygen that are vital for their growth and survival. In addition, the blood carries away toxins and waste cleaning the area and healing it faster. Without a good supply of blood, your bursa simply won't heal properly.
Using a T•Shellz Wrap® will not expose you to the risk of causing further harm to soft tissue like you can when using rigorous exercise. The T•Shellz Wrap® accomplishes the goal of indirectly stimulating blood circulation without the need for intensive exercise and as such reduces your risk of re-injury.
The purpose of a T•Shellz Wrap® is to ease pain by dilating blood vessels, decrease stiffness by elongating soft tissue, improve blood circulation, and boost metabolism and enzyme activity. In stimulating localized blood flow to damaged soft tissue, you provide needed oxygen, water and nutrients to grow strong healthy collagen. In addition, you will experience a clearing of toxins and excess fluid build up from the injury site. Over the intermediate term, this helps to reduce incidents of swelling as trapped fluids will be whisked away - reducing pressure on blood vessels.
Using the T•Shellz Wrap® is truly a unique experience. Within moments of applying a treatment, you can feel the healing sensation due to the increase in blood flow within the area. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, the treated area will feel relaxed and less painful. It's a very soothing sensation and extremely effective.
We recommend the use of a T•Shellz Wrap®:
T•Shellz Wraps® contain a unique Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe energy over its entire surface. This energy is absorbed by soft tissue in the treatment area, opening blood vessels, resulting in an increase in blood flow. Increased blood circulation is what your body needs to accelerate the healing of soft tissue and this is why we recommend the T•Shellz Wrap®.
The T•Shellz Wrap® is an FDA Registered Medical Device and is suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.
The technology found in a T•Shellz Wrap® has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur sports - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.
Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a soft tissue injury - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to the injured tissues. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house facilities many times per day.
How many us can afford the time and money to visit a clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain some of the advantages that athletes enjoy in their injury recovery - by using a device like the T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.
We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective home treatments to increase localized blood flow in and around the treatment area.
We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do... reduce pain (as stated in "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin) temporarily increase length & flexibility of soft tissue (as stated in "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin) and aid your body in recovering from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries via enhanced blood flow.
The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.
The T•Shellz Wrap® has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long enough that you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.
Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.
The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my T•Shellz Wraps® and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.
The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:
We are an FDA Registered Company, and our TShellz Wrap, also know as a Circulatory Boost Wrap, is an FDA Registered Medical Device suitable for use in hospitals and therapeutic clinics. Since it is deemed safe for patients to use themselves, the TShellz Wrap can be used for home treatment.
Dealing with aches and pains affecting the foot, ankle, leg, knee, hamstring, hip, back, arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand? If so, then applying the Arnica Infusion to any of these targeted areas will bring about fast relief from the pain and sore tissues. Simply apply a small amount of cream to the body and moments later, you will experience a soothing and comforting sensation over the area.
Arnica Infusion is specially designed to relieve pain due to sore muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. No matter if you are dealing with an acute injury, chronic pain, or a general "flare-up" - you will experience fast relief from pain and inflammation.
This is a product that many of our current MendMeShop customers asked us to develop. So we focused our time and resources over the past few years and came up, with we believe, will be one of more effective, fast acting, topical pain relief creams on the market.
You are likely familiar with some of the standard topical agents on the market as most of our customers use them. The are mass marketed and even found in most department stores now.
Well, we are here to say that Arnica Infusion goes many steps beyond what they offer.
Made in the USA at an FDA registered manufacturing facility, you can be assured that Arnica Infusion is both safe and effective. We only source top grade ingredients while implementing strict quality control checks during every step of the production process. Expect the same high quality that MendMeShop customers have been accustomed to since we started the company in 2005.
The "Cool Blue" formula is the perfect balance between the smooth application of a cream and the effective absorbing factor of a gel. It is not too thick and not too thin - just the right texture. Best of all, it feels very nice on the skin!
Each application of Arnica Infusion feels so comforting and soothing, we are certain it will become an item you will not want to live without.
The Arnica Infusion formula is based on a combination of scientific research and the use of high quality ingredients. The properties within the formula were chosen for their pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and soothing qualities.
The acting ingredients within the formula include ones many of us are familiar with; along with ones that have not received a lot of publicity (only in research circles). Extensive testing resulted in a blending of ingredients that provides the most synergistic of benefits.
The notable ingredients in the Arnica Infusion formula include:
Extensive quality control procedures during the manufacturing process ensure the ingredients and final product are both safe and effective. We would not stake our reputation on anything but the best.
Apply Arnica Infusion at work to help reduce acute discomfort associated with overuse of muscles and joints. No matter if you are in a physical demanding job or work within an office environment, you will be placing stress on different parts of the body and aches and pains will result.
If you suffer from a sprained ligament, pulled muscle, strained tendon, or even bruising - apply Arnica Infusion for quick relief of the pain.
Application of Arnica Infusion can be done up to a maximum of 4 times per day on a consistent basis to help bring about relief from various pains and aches.
Follow up your T•Shellz and Cold treatments with an application of Arnica Infusion. Combine the pain relieving benefits of Arnica Infusion along with the therapeutic benefits of the wraps to make your recovery go much more smoothly.
Do not apply Arnica Infusion within a 2 hour timespan before a T•Shellz Wrap® treatment.
Whether you decide to use the Arnica Infusion in conjunction with the T-Shell and other treatments - or if you decide to use the cream as a stand-alone product - you will not be disappointed with the results. We guarantee it.
Since you are reading this, you probably know that serious bursitis does not just disappear. Over time, it will usually wreak havoc on you due to lack of movement and over-compensation. It will often cause secondary strains and tendon injuries on your other joints due to overcompensation. Recovery takes a longer time for such chronic (long term) injuries, but proper and complete healing is essential to regain strength and get you back to the activities you enjoy.
The longer your bursitis endures, the greater the risk of running into serious overcompensation injuries.
Anyone in need of rapid recovery and complete healing must consider a comprehensive treatment plan that includes an effective means to minimize swelling and inflammation yet also stimulate blood flow and tissue elasticity. We have found no better set of tools that can be used at home than this:
Conservative treatment tools just like these have been used successfully by thousands of soft tissue injury sufferers - just like you.
T•Shellz Wrap® = Enhanced Blood Flow in the Treatment Area
We believe the use of T•Shellz Wraps® for boosting blood flow to soft tissue in the area of application is one of the most under-utilized home treatment options available on the market today. We have client after client that have tried many options out there and have been amazed at how effective and fast the TShellz Wrap treatment can relieve pain and increase blood flow in the treatment area.
With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:
Would you know you injured yourself if there was no pain? Probably not! Pain and swelling perform a useful role in letting you know that you did, in fact, injure yourself. Pain and swelling are what get you to seek out medical attention in the hopes of finding a way to reduce the pain and heal your injury.
Inflamed bursae cause extreme pain and reduce your ability to move. We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain was gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, that is not always true. Just remember that an injury is not healed just because the swelling is gone - this is why you need to keep working on the bursa area consistently with your home conservative treatment regimen that includes a Cold Compress or Ice Pack, a T•Shellz Wrap® and a good exercise/stretch routine.
Most sufferers of bursitis or chronic bursa pain will recover more quickly if they treat their injury correctly. If you have a bad bursitis injury and/or tendonitis condition, you will benefit greatly by treating your injury correctly. That means using the right therapies every single day.
If surgical intervention is required, you will find we have effective solutions for before and after surgery. Key areas for pre surgery is reduction of inflammation, while post surgery the focus is on pain reduction, inflammation reduction, range of motion increases, and minimizing of scar tissue growth. You can read more about effective options for pre/post surgery here.
Doctors and Surgeons are always improving the techniques used in surgery, and results from surgery now are much more positive than they were in the past. However, all surgeries introduce scar tissue, and recovery from surgery can be disappointing and take longer than anticipated.
If you do wind up getting surgery, know that rehabilitation at-home while attending regular PT or doctor appointments is vital for your overall recovery.
Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation while working with your doctor or PT is key. This is why you should seriously consider talking with your doctor or surgeon about maximizing your recovery by using the T•Shellz Wrap® at home once you are approved for PT (this is typically a minimum of 6 weeks after a significant surgery).
The more consistent you work at enhancing blood flow to surgically repaired soft tissue, the more consistent the healing process will be. Nourishing the tissues will more oxygen and nutrients (which are carried through the blood stream) will give the body a better ability to produce new, healthy collagen. In effect, you will help the body produce stronger soft tissue while potentially reducing the number of setbacks that can occur following surgical procedures.
Promoting blood flow around an injured area to help the body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from an tendinitis injury or bursitis condition will be delayed...sometimes for a very long period of time.
Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow can be difficult. When the injury is bursitis related, the challenges are even greater. Traditional methods require your joint to move to promote blood flow, but that same motion that promotes blood flow can also lead to making your pain and condition worse.
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 the joint without causing further injury. This goal is further complicated by the fact that most bursitis injuries arise in our most commonly used joints.
Shortened muscles and tendons due to lack of use is a real problem during recovery. When you start to feel better and use the joint, the shortened muscles and tendons get over-strained, introducing small microtears. These microtears start the formation of scar tissue, which unlike muscle or tendon, is completely inflexible. Once there is scar tissue in there, the tears will continue; eventually you've got a serious problem with a joint that does not flex as much as it did before and this becomes a chronic condition. You'll know you have scar tissue when you get shooting pain if you stretch your joint too far... it is something that physical therapist's often deal with (ie. shoulder manipulation).
To prevent this, use the TShellz Wrap before undertaking any significant activity, as this type of treatment is known to increase flexibility and length of tissues in the area of application. This is actually why we advise plantar fasciitis sufferers to treat themselves with a Plantar TShellz Wrap first thing in the morning before walking (walking stresses the plantar ligament on the bottom of the foot). After treatment, tissue in the bottom of the foot will be more flexible - this means it will be able to handle higher walking stresses before it starts to micro-tear. The ability for soft tissue to stretch further before micro-tearing will allow you to gently stretch your recovering joint without re-injuring it yet again. This is a huge boon for recovery. We also highly advise the TShellz Wrap it for post surgery recovery, as surgery will always introduce scar tissue and TShellz Wrap treatments in post-op recovery will reduce scar tissue growth, increase joint flexibility and get you back on your feet faster.
We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain is gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, this is not always true.
Too many people only focus on suppressing pain symptoms while providing less attention to the true healing aspects of the body. Experiencing less pain, while obviously a good short-term goal, does not equate to underlying healing. Scar tissue can remain for months after one gets to a point of being relatively pain-free. However, as long the weak and brittle scar tissue remains, you are susceptible to re-injury or re-aggravation. Certain motions or movements can cause the weaker tissue to easily tear - resulting in some reversal of the recovery up until that point.
This is why we recommend for people to continue with their doctor or PT recommended exercises and to continue with mild treatments of the T•Shellz Wrap® for a period of time - to better ensure complete recovery.
Ongoing treatments to enhance circulation are intended to soothe, relax and stimulate the body's ability to heal damaged tissue. T•Shellz treatments also result in the ability of soft tissue to extend further due to the effect of heat on soft tissue. As your muscles and tendons become longer, the pressure they exert on your bursa will decrease - thus reducing the aggravation and friction on your bursa. Further to this, longer and more flexible muscles are less likely to strain or sprain - further reducing your risk of new, secondary injury complications due to bursitis.
People tell us all the time, "I was told that if I stay off my feet for a few weeks, my pain will disappear for good."
The truth is, bursitis will often arise due to a culmination of numerous factors such as alignment issues, poor posture, acute injuries and overcompensation issues resulting from other muscle and soft tissue ailments.
It may take weeks or months for these pain triggers to surface. When they , however, merely resting will solve the underlying issues. You need to utilize actions and options that actually treat the source of the pain and help reverse the damage that has been done.
Resting has a role to play, but it is only one small factor in a recovery plan.
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We will never claim our products will work for everyone. That is simply impossible to achieve. Everyone has a different capacity for recovery and different circumstances behind their injuries and/or conditions.
In addition, some people may have a hard time sticking with recommended protocol in order to achieve benefits from our devices. Quite simply, our clients that have had successful outcomes have made a small effort to invest 60 minutes a day into the program. If you do the same, chances are you will be very happy with the outcome. The fact that our very low return rate speaks volumes as to the confidence we have that our products will be effective for you! I mean with a full 60 day money back guarantee on our wraps, there really is no risk in trying.
Right after you place an order, email us and we will have a plan developed immediately so you will be able to get started upon arrival of your parcel. We can't promise you miraculous results, however, we do promise to do everything we can to help you with your condition.
However, words are meaningless unless a company stands strongly behind the products they sell. This is what sets us apart from others...we offer people a comprehensive, 60 day, full 100% money back guarantee. We take on all of the risk because we know our products work well for the overwhelming majority of people who purchase them.
You are never alone when making a purchase from us. When we say we stand behind our products, we truly mean it!
If any question or concern arises, simply send us an email at any time (we check our emails constantly all throughout the day and night - even on holidays!). We will respond as soon as possible.
Simply call toll free 1-866-237-9608 to place an order with one of our knowledgeable Product Advisers. They have the ability to answer all your questions...ensuring you only receive the products you need.
Product Advisors are available 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern Standard Time Monday to Friday.
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Overall, we are able to be cost effective and value oriented due to two major reasons:
Think about it – you can now have the ability to treat your pain from the comfort of your own home while saving money in the process. Best of all, you are fully protected when making a purchase from us as we offer a 60 day, full money back guarantee.
Living with pain is never easy as it affects your entire lifestyle. Nothing is more important than making the proper decision when it comes to treating your muscle injury. Most methods only mask the problems or provide temporary relief; they do not treat the pain at its source.
AidMyBursa stands out in this regard as our goal is to help you heal for the longer-term.
The bottom line is, you are welcome to try our products for a full 2 months. If you do not receive the benefits that others have experienced, call us to intiate a return and we will issue a prompt & full refund. There will be no hard feelings.
The fastest option you have to get our product into your hands as soon as possible is by placing your order online..
The fastest option you have to get our product into your hands as soon as possible is by placing your order online - at this very moment..
Or, Call Our Office. We are open Monday to Friday to allow you place an order over the phone. Simply call toll free 1-866-237-9608 to place an order with one of our knowledgeable Product Advisors. They have the ability to answer all your questions...ensuring you only receive the products you need.
North America Toll Free 1-866-237-9608
Outside North America +1-705-532-1671
If you choose to order through our online shop, know that we keep no credit card data on file. Once the transaction is completed, the credit information disappears from our internal systems.
As you can see, ordering from us is a very easy and safe process, no matter if choosing to order on-line or over the phone.
We try and keep in touch with a large percentage of our customers, and we encourage them to do the same. In doing so, we have received a lot of feedback as we have been in the business since 2008.
We can say that the return rate on our products is only around 5 to 10% any given month. That is exceptional by anyone's standards. Therefore, we can safely indicate that the overwhelming majority of people who purchase from us do achieve benefits with our products.
The T•Shellz Wraps® are very easy devices to use. After one or two uses, you will engage in the treatments with ease. Very detailed instructions are included and you are always welcome to contact us by phone or email if the need for help arises.
In regards to the T•Shellz Wrap®, it is ideal to use the device two or three times a day on average. Each treatment session is a maximum of 20 minutes in duration and the device will turn off automatically at that time. Typically, people use the T•Shellz Wrap® before bed, upon awakening (or not long after) and one other time during the day when the opportunity presents itself. For people in an office setting, many will use the device at work (as it can be worn over clothing). For others, they will use the device an our or two after work.
A Cold Compress or Ice Pack is primarily used following activity that stresses the injured tissues (following work, after a sports activity, or just suffering a general re-injury). This is done to reduce inflammation and to minimize tissue damage. Treatments are 15 to 20 minutes in duration.
We established our firm in December of 2005. Our track record in this field continues to grow and we plan on being around for many decades to come.
We go above and beyond what other companies offer - we offer a full 60 day money back guarantee with no restocking fees.
AidMyBursa advisors do not work on commission, so be assured you will only receive fair and objective information.
Living with pain is never easy and we encourage you to call us with any questions you have related to how our products can aid your bursa injury. We will do our best to help.
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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!
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