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Can a massage help with extensor tendonitis?

Asked 3 years ago

Would massaging the top of my foot help me get rid of some pain that I am experiencing due to my extensor tendonitis?


Lamar Winters

Thursday, November 11, 2021

A self-massage technique known as "frictioning" or "deep friction massage" may help you heal faster. Simply rub the irritated tendon at the place of maximum tenderness back and forth. Strokes should be perpendicular to the tendon's fibres, similar to strumming a guitar string. Use the pads of your fingers or your thumb to apply gentle to moderate pressure.

You can also use a foam roller or another massage tool, such as a tennis ball, to perform self-massage.

Finish by cooling down the massage region with bare ice, if possible (for safety, ice only for a maximum of about two minutes, or until the spot is numb, whichever comes first).

Abel Austin

Sunday, April 03, 2022

Self-massage of the Achilles tendon and the calf muscle will have great benefits in reducing symptoms of pain in the area. By using the pads of the fingers, gently massage the Achilles tendon around the area of pain in a perpendicular fashion. This is called cross-frictioning and should not be applied to an acute injury of the tendon, as this may aggravate symptoms and delay healing. Massage should not aggravate symptoms. 

Massage and stretching of the calf muscle can also provide symptom relief by reducing tension applied to the Achilles tendon while carrying out daily activities. Using the thumb and index finger, apply gentle pressure to the achilles tendon and move your hand upwards towards the calf muscle, massaging the tissue and fluid upwards. 

Applying ice can reduce inflammation in the area and thus provide pain relief. Rest is the best option for relieving symptoms of Achilles tendonitis and will allow time for the body to heal itself. Gentle exercise can be resumed when symptoms are minimal or gone. Resume activities gradually thereafter. 

Jan Hodges

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

Yes, you'll benefit from an extensor tendonitis massage. Gentle massage causes pain relief and spurs healing by promoting circulation in the foot. The massage will relax the tendon and cause any inflammation of the tendon to subside, causing lesser pain and speeding up the healing process.

Babafemi Adebajo

Babafemi Adebajo

Friday, October 28, 2022

The question is not whether massage will help extensor tendonitis. There's evidence supporting the effectiveness of massage in treating extensor tendonitis. A deep frictional massage on the feet will relieve any tension, break any adhesions, and bring muscle relaxation and pain relief. It will also promote the healing of the tendon.

Adrian Mcintyre

Friday, January 19, 2024

Yes, a massage can be beneficial for managing extensor tendonitis. It helps reduce inflammation, break up scar tissue, promote healing, and enhance relaxation in the affected area. Various massage types, like deep tissue or sports massage, can be effective, but it's crucial to avoid aggressive techniques and consult a professional, especially if you have underlying conditions.

Also, rest, ice, compression, elevation (R.I.C.E.), and specific exercises can relieve foot pain.

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