I had the pleasure of catching up with Thomas from HordoN HEALTH to pick his brain a bit about tendinitis which something I’ve been hearing a lot about amongst athletes lately. I learned a lot about what it is, how it can be treated if you already have it, and how it can be prevented. Thomas did an excellent job putting it into terms I could understand so I wanted to share with all of you! If you’re in the Boston area, stop into their place in the North End and see what they can do for you!
Who are you and what does HordoN HEALTH do?
My name is Thomas Morris. I’m head Musculosystematic™ Engineer (MsE™) at HordoN HEALTH in Boston’s North End. I’m also head performance coach with the Boston Sports Institutes, our sport-specific player development company which includes the Boston Institute of Jump, volleyball specific training, the Boston Institute of Snow, ski and snowboard specific training, and the Boston Institutes of Football, Baseball, Soccer, and more.
HordoN HEALTH is home to Musculosystematics™ which helps all people, athletes, exercisers, anybody, move with greater safety (fewer injuries) and effect (more strength, power, speed, etc.). MsE™s identify dysfunctions that are already causing, or could potentially cause injury or impede performance, then systematically remove the dysfunction through increased neuromuscular communication and muscular involvement. In other words, we help your brain communicate with your muscles so that every movement is supported by more muscle, and therefore, less reliant on tendons and other fascial tissue. This methodology has been used at the highest levels of sport across the globe, and in the most particular rehabilitative efforts as well.
What exactly is tendinitis?
Layman’s terms? It’s the medical way to say “sore tendon”. Any time you see “itis”, that means; inflamed to the point where it has become irritated or sore. Pretty simple.
How does tendinitis develop?
The overwhelmingly most common way I have observed tendinitis to develop is through overuse, which is a misuse, of a tendon, associated with a movement pattern dysfunction. Basically what ends up happening in this type of dysfunction, is; one or more of the muscles assigned a role in a particular movement are dormant, under-developed, uninvolved, or under/over-performing which ends up transferring extra stress and responsibility onto the tendon, not allowing it to repair or recover, causing it to become inflamed.
Many people believe tendinitis can only be treated with some combination of rest, ice and NSAIDs (Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs)…do you agree?
I don’t agree, entirely. Tendinitis isn’t the problem, but rather a symptom of a dysfunctional pattern causing the tendon to become overloaded. Most often after an NSAID regimen, the pain inevitably relocates or comes back unless the dysfunctional system is fixed. With MsE™ therapy, we can almost instantaneously remove the pain from tendinitis with MsE™ massage (NodroH Technique) and then re-engineer your neuromuscular system to include a more complex use of individual muscles, while increasing the number of synergistic or supporting muscles. This allows us to address the system roughly ten times more efficiently than typical rehabilitative therapies. When the movement pattern and any associated neuromuscular communication issues are addressed by a practitioner of MsE™, there is an outstanding chance of full recovery from even severe cases of tendinitis. We oversee the elimination of tendinitis frequently.
Can tendinitis be prevented?
It’s tough to say “yes” due to the broad definition of tendinitis, since tendinitis just means “a sore tendon”. All tendons, after extensive use, become inflamed, sometimes to the point of soreness. The question for me as a coach becomes; can we avoid a chronic overuse so the tendon, even though we are putting it under strain with our daily movements, exercise, and sport, never becomes misused or overused to a point of soreness? To that question, I would say, “yes, we can absolutely prevent that situation”. With an advanced MsE™ injury prevention effort, the tendons, even though they are under stress, never become so inflamed so as to become chronic or injured. In MsE™, we make sure our clients are engaged muscularly so that any stress is dispersed through a tremendous system of muscles, making sure no single muscle, tendon, or simple system is overused.
In general, what would you recommend for someone who suffers from tendinitis?
The only way I know of to guarantee tendinitis’ permanent eradication is to reset the system and re-engineer the dysfunction that caused the inflammation. In all cases, a re-engineering of movement patterns and corresponding neuromuscular communications surrounding the “itis”, through our proprietary injury massage and re-engineering techniques, the soreness will be immediately and permanently removed. If your movement patterning doesn’t change, even if the NSAID regimen removes the soreness, it is inevitable for the soreness to return or relocate. My mentor, and developer of MsE™, Marc Hordon, has said to me, from his experience working with Olympic and professional athletes; “it is simply impossible to totally eliminate tendinitis without a complete professionally supported redesign of the dysfunctional movement pattern causing the overload”. If you suffer from tendinitis, and it pains me to say this, you have two choices: either get used to a chronic relationship with ice bags and your couch (not recommended) or you can redesign your movement pattern.
Thank you for having me Karen. I hope I have shed some light on tendinitis for your athletes, and I would love to help all of your athletes eliminate or prevent tendinitis! They can email me at ThomasMorris@HordoNHEALTH.com, or call HordoN HEALTH at 617-367-0035 to set up a complimentary assessment where, as a team, we can put together a prescription for the athlete’s success.