Tendonitis and Inflammation can't be separated.
If you have Tendonitis, your body has an active process of inflammation. Inflammation is one of several factors that are involved in the Tendonitis dynamic.
Eliminating tendonitis symptoms can't be accomplished just by knocking down the inflammation process....but as long as there's active inflammation (acute or chronic) there's going to be a Tendonitis dynamic.
Tendonitis and Inflammation
More or Less
In the context of pain and problem, the body moves within a spectrum.
On a spectrum, muscles are too loose on one end, and too tight on the other end.
On a spectrum, there is no inflammation on one end, and there is A LOT of inflammation on the other end.
On a spectrum, you feel no pain on one end of the spectrum, and you feel A LOT of pain on the other end.
On a spectrum, you have too little necessary nutrition on one end of the spectrum, and too much necessary nutrition on the other end.
More inflammation means more Pain Enhancing Chemical released into the tissue.
More Pain Enhancing Chemical released means more pain.
More pain means the nervous system turns up the inflammation response.
More inflammation means......repeat.
Inflammation makes things hurt more, and makes muscles tighter. Repeat.
So if you have, for instance, Wrist Tendonitis, and you're looking at your painful wrist/forearm/hand, imagine either a lot of inflammation, or a little bit, depending on how much you hurt.
The more you hurt, the more inflammation you have.
There are actions you can take to reduce inflammation. Learn How To Reduce Inflammation.
Make sure you understand how Tendonitis works. See: What Is Tendonitis?
The Process of Inflammation is just a mechanism. Stimulus response.
Gluten (wheat) is an inflammatory agent. Eat it, and it irritates the lining of the digestive tract. The body responds with an inflammation response.
Stub your toe, twist your ankle, break your arm, get stung by a bee, an inflammation response kicks in automatically.
Inflammation isn't good or bad, it just is. And it's a mechanism that is constantly at work in your body.
You can help your body dial down the inflammation response.
Specifically for Tendonitis and Inflammation in the feet, ankles, lower legs, hands, wrist, forearm and elbows, it's pretty easy to reduce inflammation with effective use of cold.
It's fast, and direct. It pushes waste product, irritant, and pain enhancing chemical out, and then the body pushes new blood and nutrition back in.
That's why Ice Dipping lowers pain levels.
Let's say that you Ice Dip enough and all the pain goes away.
Is the inflammation process done? Gone?
Absolutely not. Well, maybe, it depends on your specific situation.
But the pain is gone because the pain enhancing chemical is out, and muscles have new blood so they're no longer ischemic.
That's a GOOD thing.
But if you're in the process of getting rid of your Tendonitis, you must be aware of 'the spectrum'.
Just because the pain's gone, doesn't mean the inflammation process is gone.
When you Ice Dip as you'll learn to do on the How To Reduce Inflammation page, pain will go away (unless your pain is from nutritional deficiency).
Depending on your situation, the inflammation mechanism is either turned down or way down, or it' just as bad as it was and will be pumping out more Pain Enhancing Chemical.
Here's a great story/experience about how to combat the inflammation response: Thumb Ligament Injury
To effectively deal with Tendonitis and Inflammation, you have to keep an eye on things, and you have to reduce the pain from inflammation by forcing the body to dial down the inflammation response.
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