Dear MendMeShop,

I purchased the Inferno wrap and Freezie wrap to treat a chronic Achilles tendonosis (MICROSCOPIC TEARS OF THE TENDON AT THE INSERTION). During the later part of 2008 I was experiencing a lot of tight muscle and tendons and usually working out (running) tired and not properly warmed up and limber. I started the new year with good intention and determined to work on stretching that included following a home yoga program. I am familiar with yoga but admit that I was too aggressive with the stretching that comes from the 'downward dog' position. I believe this aggravated an already existing condition in the Achilles insertion area, this combined with the stress of a late January 5KM road race caused enough pain in the Achilles tendon to force me to discontinue running. I sought medical attention from my family physician who referred me to physiotherapy. Through the early stage of therapy I continued to do regular bike workouts. Unfortunately the pain increased to the point that I had to stop both running and cycling. I attended physiotherapy for just over two months going once a week receiving massage to the injured area, ultrasound, cortisone by patch and ice. I was religious in following the gentle stretching and strengthening routine at home between physio visits. After these two months with little improvement they released me with the instruction to continue with the stretching, strength exercises and ice. I was still in pain and could not run or cycle without causing further damage, walking was painful. I search for other solutions and found the information on the MendMeShop web site. Although skeptical, I purchased the wraps out of desperation, received the product, read all the literature for use and started into a daily routine. Within 7 days I started to experience a reduction in the constant pain. Within 9 days I was walking without a constant reminder of the injury. I tried doing a ride and although the short 13 mile ride was enjoyable I started to feel the injury flair up again. The injury is not completely healed but the progress I am experiencing gives me hope that with a continued discipline of home treatment using the products, gentle stretching and the use of wearing a brace on my foot while sleeping to prevent the tendon from retracting, will in time bring about the full healthy healing of the injured area. I have found that you really have to be in tune with what you are feeling during the gentle stretching and often back off the stretch so as not to cause repetitive injury to the already weakened area of the Achilles insertion.

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John Carey

 

Upper Back Pain Exercises

The upper back is also called the middle or thoracic back, and is located on the bottom of the neck, reaching all the way to the top of the lumbar spine. The upper spine consists of 12 vertebrae that attach to the ribs, forming a protective barrier to the internal organs such as the heart, liver, and lungs. Upper back pain can occur for a number of reasons including muscular irritation from overuse, poor conditioning, and trauma.

Strengthening exercises are essential for relieving the pain from upper back distress. This may include a combination of weight lifting and stretches to strengthen the upper body for proper posturing. It's important to follow the instructions of your back specialist to avoid further injury or damage to painful muscle tissue.

Which your therapist may prescribe include:

thoracic extension
  • thoracic extension - sit on a chair. Clasp both arms behind your head, gently arching backwards and look up. Do this ten times. This is a exercise has many benefits and can be done several times a day.
  • scapular squeezes - in a sitting position your arms are at your sides, gently squeeze your shoulder blades together, hold this for five seconds.
  • arm slides - stand against a wall, place your elbows and wrists against the wall. Slowly slide your arms up as high as you can. Try and keep your both elbow and wrists against the wall. Repeat three sets of ten.
  • pectoralis stretch - stand in a corner or doorway, place both arms on the wall slightly above your head. Slowly lean forward, until you feel a stretch in the front of your shoulders and hold for 15 to 30 seconds. Do this three times.
  • thoracic stretch
  • thoracic stretch -
    1. In a seated position on the floor, feet straight in front of you. Hold your mid-thighs with your hands. Slowly move your head/neck as to curl toward your belly button. Hold for 15 seconds. Repeat three times.
    2. Point your right elbow and shoulder forward while twisting your upper body to the left, will stretch your right upper back. Hold for 15 seconds. To stretch your left side point your left elbow and repeat as mentioned.
  • Mid-trap exercise
  • mid-trap exercise - you'll need a flat firm surface and a pillow for this exercise. Lie on your stomach, place the pillow (folded in half) underneath your chest. Your arms should be straight out at your sides, thumbs pointing to the ceiling. Raise your arms towards the ceiling and squeeze your shoulder blades...lower slowly. Repeat three sets of 15. Once your strength increases add a can of soup or small weight to yours hands.

Other exercises to strengthen the upper back include push-ups. Push-ups can be modified to fit your beginning fitness level. The key to successful upper body strengthening with push-ups is to avoid arching the back, or allowing the back to sag. This can cause pain to the lower back. Shift the burden of weight to the core of your body by contracting the midsection.

In addition to strengthening exercises, many physical therapists recommend ultrasound therapy to enhance the blood flow to the deep muscle tissue.

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Dear MendMeShop,

Dear Mendmeshop, My husband and I are thrilled with the results he's getting from using the Plantar Inferno wrap. He has suffered from an unusually large bone spur in his foot for the last 13 years, which understandably has severely limited his ability to walk comfortably. He was told by several podiatrists that shoe inserts or surgery were his only option. The shoe fittings helped minimally at best and he was pondering foot surgery until he recently tried your foot wrap. Even after the first treatment he noticed his foot felt better. He has been using it daily now for over a week and he can't believe how wonderful his foot feels. Thank you for making a product that is really helping him.

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Diana Scoccia

 

pain relief and injury treatment with ultrasound therapy

Blood Flow Stimulation Therapy with an Inferno Back wrap for the ultimate in sore back healing

Freeze Wrap Back - reduce back pain and swelling in sore, strained or overused muscles, especially in the lower back and trapezius muscles

Inferno Wrap Shoulder - an advanced treatment for shoulder injury and rotator cuff injury

Freezie Wrap Shoulder - efficient relief of swelling and pain from an active sprain, shoulder strain, whiplash, or tight upper back muscles

This universal leg wrap can increase healing rate of a shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Freezie Leg wrap for cold compression of the shin, calf, groin, thigh, or hamstring

Contact one of our Mendmeshop Customer Service Advisors for any questions help with ordering and recommended treatment directions