Relief of Bursitis

The symptoms of bursitis can be treated in various ways. Some relieve the pressure on a bursa temporarily while others help reduce the inflammation caused by the joint imbalance. In my experience, none of these treatments remove the primary cause as PMBT treatments do, but they are helpful to varying degrees.

Exercise to strengthen certain muscles can sometimes create a counter pull against the tight, damaged muscle. This can help realign the joint in some cases, thereby relieving some of the stress on the inflamed bursa. However, if not done properly it could cause increased pressure on the bursa instead. Unfortunately, since most joint imbalances vary, a generic exercise program can’t be designed for bursitis conditions. Specific exercises would be designed for someone who received some PMBT treatments but could not stay long enough to get their joint totally realigned. Those who get their joints realigned totally would be taught exercises to keep their muscles strong and more resistant to over-stress. This helps prevent the problem from returning once the muscles have healed from the treatments.

Stretching can also be helpful. It is most effective when the tight damaged muscles causing the misalignments are stretched. However, stretching the muscles will only help relieve the pressure temporarily. If done once or more every day this could help quite a bit. Again, specific stretches would be designed for a patient who could not receive enough treatments to get their damaged muscles restored to normal length. A balanced stretching program would be taught to those who were able to get enough treatments to restore their joints back into total alignment. Stretching also helps prevent more muscle damage from accumulating.

A lot of bursitis therapies use heat in some form. Applying heat to short, damaged muscles causes them to lengthen temporarily, thereby relieving some of the pressure on the bursa. This provides some relief, however heat also increases inflammation and makes the problem worse. Using heat to treat bursitis is a two-edged sword. It helps a little in one way but hurts in another. Whatever you do, never apply dry heat to your muscles. Since muscles are around 70 percent water, the dry heat dehydrates them causing them to become shorter. This creates a greater imbalance in the joint making your problem worse. I believe that massaging and stretching your tight muscles will relieve the pressure and pain as much as moist heat without the negative effect of increasing the inflammation.

Nutrition doesn’t remove the cause of bursitis, but can be very helpful at treating the inflammation and pain. It is one important part of treating any inflammatory condition.

A great deal has been written about treating inflammatory conditions with nutrition so I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here. The best foundation is to increase your intake of fruits and vegetables and decrease your intake of fats, grain products and meats. Since most fruits and vegetables leave an alkaline ash after being digested they have an anti-inflammatory effect. They also help reduce excess body fat so you should also become leaner and therefore place less stress on any weight-bearing joint affected with bursitis. There are also many other health benefits from eating more fruits and vegetables, so explore and enjoy the many varieties available.  This detailed much more extensively in victory over fat.

A number of nutritional supplements have an anti-inflammatory effect. Bromelain, an enzyme from pineapples, and curcumin herb are both good natural anti-inflammatories but must be taken between meals instead of with meals as usually stated on the label. These should be safe for anyone to use 2-3 times a day. Consult a good herb book or nutritionist for other good natural products that decrease inflammation. Even though herbs are natural products and can be used quite a bit without any side effects, I feel it is best to cycle their use. In other words, get three or four products and use one on Monday, another on Tuesday, the next on Wednesday, and the last one on Thursday. Then begin again with the first one on Friday. This should prevent any negative effects that may occur using herbs to excess. Some herbs are quite powerful and should only be used long enough to re-establish balance when an imbalanced situation is present. Always consult a physician knowledgeable in nutrition before starting any supplementation program. This is especially important if you are taking any medication.

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5 comments on “Relief of Bursitis
  1. KrisBelucci says:

    Hi, good post. I have been wondering about this issue,so thanks for posting.

  2. John Davis says:

    I agree… Bursitis is rarely touched upon… most doctors focus on tendonitis, or tonsilitis, or any other form of itis… I really appreciate the comprehensive post on Bursitis.

  3. ricalexander says:

    Thanks to the both of you for the comments. Bursitis is something I treat almost every day at the Institute so I am glad to reach people outside of the office for once. Many more interesting posts are soon to come so stay tuned!

  4. Heather Guhl says:

    I have tons of bursitis’ throughout my hips and pelvis – yet no where else! I also have fibromyalgia that is very painful from my low back to my knees. I am receiving specialized care to get my c1 back in proper location and I do have some improvements even in my SI joints. (I recently had both C4-5 and L 4-5 replaced this summer and I’m only 35 now!!) I wish things would improve faster!! I need pain control and serious help with fatigue! any suggestions?

  5. ROBERT WYSE says:

    I’ve been told that ice packs on the area will relieve the pain 20 minutes on 20 minutes off repeated several time a day?

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