Massage Therapy for Bursitis
Joints that repeat the same motion over and over are subject to
bursitis, an inflammation of the fluid-filled sac which cushions
the area where tendons or muscles meet bones or skin.
This "bursa" is meant to prevent friction, but when it gets
inflamed the result is bursitis - which can affect your shoulder,
elbow, hip, knee, heel or big toe. Bursitis may cause tenderness
and pain around the affected joint, a sense of stiffness when you
move, and redness, warmth and swelling in the area.
Avoiding repetitive motion might be one way to relieve bursitis,
but that isn't practical for people whose work or preferred
activity requires such motion. In addition, sometimes the condition
is caused by arthritis, infection, injury or other factors you
can't prevent. That's where massage comes in handy.
Myofascial release therapy applies pressure that releases or
loosens tightness in your fascia, the protective layer which
surrounds your bones, muscles and joints. Tell your professional
massage therapist that you're suffering from bursitis, and you'll
receive a massage customized for your particular situation.
Types of Massage
Depending on the amount of pressure required to provide the
relief you need, you might experience any of these treatments at Massage
- Swedish Relaxation Massage, which helps decrease muscle toxins
and stress hormones while promoting circulation, flexibility and
- Deep Tissue Massage, which addresses the deepest layers of
muscle tissue, fascia and tendons to release chronic muscle
- Hot Stone Envy™, which helps reduce muscle spasms, pain and
chronic tension while increasing the blood flow that nourishes