Your body can heal itself! In fact, your body started healing itself the moment you injured your achilles and it's the blood in your body that makes it all happen.
Your blood is the transport mechanism for everything that's good inside you. It carries oxygen, nutrients and water.
Bringing proper blood flow to your achilles is essential for healing. Unfortunately, when you injure your achilles, you stop moving and the swelling sets in. That means your vital blood flow can be reduced to a trickle!
Swelling, inflammation and lack of joint movement reduce the flow of blood to your injury. If you are moving your injured muscle around you run a risk of increasing the severity of the injury via muscle or tendon strain. If there has been some healing, you could re-injure the muscle tissue all over again.
Swelling and inflammation is your body responding to an injury. A lot of pain will probably disappear as the swelling disappears, and many people make the wrong assumption that their achilles injury must be healing as most of the pain is gone. Once you have reduced the swelling with cold, your injury is still there.
If there is swelling in the area, you should be able to get it down over a couple days through use of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack - but know that this is a critical time! After the inflammation is gone it may feel like you can return to your regular sports, hobbies, exercise or other activities - but your achilles (and surrounding tissue) is in a weakened state, unstable, and still injured. Even the slightest movement in the wrong direction can worsen the injury and increase the swelling yet again. Most "weekend warriors" and amateur athletes will start going back to what they were doing before the injury flared up, and that's where they get it wrong. Medical professionals know that the injury is still there even if the pain is gone.
Blood Flow - the natural healing process in your body - needs assistance for such injuries because blood flow is greatly restricted when you are immobile. When treating an achilles injury or really any type of soft tissue injury (ie. calf strain, muscles spasms, overextension), an effective treatment will increase blood flow to the injury area while the joint is immobile. This increase in blood flow will accelerate the body's own ability to heal itself.
There are a LOT of people out there that do not understand how amazing a TShellz Wrap treatment really is. Once initial swelling has reduced by using a Cold Compress or Ice Pack - start short applications with a T•Shellz Wrap® on the low setting. After a couple treatments we believe you will be absolutely astonished at the results you can achieve.
Building strong healthy tissue is part of the healing process and needs to be dealt with asap to minimize your chance of re-injury or overcompensation injuries. You can help your lower calf muscle and achilles during this healing process by maximizing blood flow in the area via use of a T•Shellz Wrap®.
With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:
* Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)
No matter what has caused your achilles strain or achilles tendonitis, it's important to reduce pain, swelling and inflammation as soon as possible. Getting rid of your swelling is the 1st, most important, step in your recovery process. Getting rid of swelling will reduce the amount of tissue damage happening to your lower leg and heel, and open up the blood vessels so the soft tissue in your joint (bursae, tendons, muscles, ligaments) can receive more blood flow.
Increasing blood flow is then a priority to bring in all the essential elements needed for natural healing within your own body. An increased blood flow is crucial as this maximizes the bodys ability to self heal. An increase in blood flow accompanied with heat in soft tissue is known to help increase range of motion, and improve the flexibility of soft tissue - ensuring that the soft tissue recovery period does not last years.
As we have mentioned above, blood flow is the critical delivery system of oxygen and nutrients that your body requires, and this is especially true when it comes to healing. This becomes a problem when there is an injury, as blood flow is usually restricted significantly. It is important to recognize that recovery speed from a soft tissue injury (tendon,muscle,ligament) is dependent on blood flow circulation. If you want better blood circulation, get rid of the inflammation first then apply the T•Shellz Wrap® over the area as outlined in the instructions. We generally recommend 2 to 3 treatments per day.
Since the T•Shellz Wrap® devices are circulatory system enhancers, T•Shellz Wrap® treatments should not be applied until most of the inflammation from the injury has reduced. This is because you want to restrict blood vessels when you have pain and swelling and which is why we recommend usage of a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to get the pain and swelling down first (within the first 24 to 48 hours). Only then should the T•Shellz Wrap® be applied.
Health is general term, but most of you would say that athletes are more healthy than the average person. Why is this? Probably because an athlete undergoes much more physical activity and because of this, they have more healthy soft tissue. As you exercise muscles in your body, they increase in size and strength; they also require more bloodflow. The circulatory system is also "exercised" during physical activity, and it benefits from this as well by becoming stronger and delivering more bloodflow throughout the body. The more physical activity you undergo, the stronger your circulatory system becomes, delivering more oxygen and nutrients to your body in a more efficient manner.
You might also notice that athletes usually heal more quickly from soft tissue injuries than non-athletes. This is a prime example of how better blood flow circulation will have an impact on healing time. The circulation system of athletes bring a healing advantage that can be quite considerable. The TShellz Wrap is how you can literally gain that bloodflow advantage that only athletes usually have - just around the treatment area rather than through the whole body.
When you are physically active you probably notice that your blood is pumping harder. Your heart is increasing blood flow to deliver more oxygen to starved muscles, as well as take away waste materials (metabolic byproducts such as lactic acid) so they don't start collecting in your soft tissue. If your blood flow cannot keep up with your activity, your muscles tire and waste materials will build up, causing temporary weakness and soreness in the overused muscle groups. It is a very practical example of why blood flow is important; the best athletes generally have the best and most efficient circulatory system. They can keep going (ie. riding a bicycle up a mountain in the Tour De France) when others simply cannot.
The increased flow of blood from a TShellz Wrap treatment is much the same as would be gained from physical activity, only it occurs in the localized treatment area rather than the whole body. Energy from the TShellz Wrap is applied at the injury area, inducing blood flow exactly where you need it most.
You were playing football with some friends over the weekend and wound up pushing too hard forward on the ball of your foot. You felt a sharp pain in the back of your leg and now there is a lump where your calf muscle was.
It is highly probable that you have ruptured your achilles tendon. In any case, you have suffered a serious injury and should see a physician immediately for a proper diagnosis.
While waiting for a physician, it is advisable to treat the area with a Cold Compress or Ice Pack to reduce the swelling from this acute injury.
You had a achilles tendonitis a year ago but that injury has healed and you have no longer felt any pain from that injury for over a year.
You just went to a new fitness / aerobics class and notice your achilles feels stiff the day after your first class, and there is some light throbbing.
In this case, we would recommend a T•Shellz Wrap® on your achilles before your next work out to loosen up the area , increase elasticity and flexibility of your ankle tendons, muscles and ligaments. Continue treatments until this problem disappears. The T•Shellz Wrap® can be used multiple times per day if you notice residual stiffness. If stiffness remains, continue to use the T•Shellz Wrap® to make sure your old injury doesn't come back.
If swelling is present, calm down the swelling with a Cold Compress or Ice Pack after the workouts.. so basically, Circulatory Boost before activity, a Cold Compress or Ice Pack after the activity if it caused swelling.
If you want to heal quickly, you need to keep your blood moving and that's where Circulatory Boost comes in. What is Circulatory Boost? It's a substantial increase in the flow of blood to soft tissue without the need to exercise your weakened joint. This is what the T•Shellz Wrap® does... you can really feel it work!
Have you seen what happens when you add water to a flower wilted from drought? An injured achilles is much like a "wilted" flower; your body wants to heal the injury, but needs lots of nutrients to do it. Blood brings new life to your tissue by delivering healing nutrients and oxygen that are vital for the growth and repair of soft tissue. Furthermore, an increased blood flow is more effective at carrying away toxins and waste - this all adds up to increased capability of your body to heal soft tissue. Without a good supply of blood, your achilles and surrounding tissue simply won't heal properly.
In order to get maximum blood flow to your achilles and surrounding soft tissue, you need to help your body stimulate blood flow - you need BCBT. Circulatory Boost is the fast, easy and pain-free way to increase blood flow. It is a key part of a home conservative treatment plan.
A T•Shellz Wrap® is purely a Circulatory Boost workhorse! It is why we made them. They have been specifically designed for boosting blood flow, reducing inflammation and relieving pain from strained, spasming or damaged soft tissue (muscles, bursae, tendons, etc). Based on results from past clients, we are confident that they will be very beneficial for most of our future customers.
T•Shellz Wraps® contain an Energy Pad which is very pliable and will conform pretty much anywhere on the body. The Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of energy over the entire treatment area. This energy travels into soft tissue, stimulating blood flow that your body requires to help heal your injury. Blood flow is crucial to the healing process.
The unit plugs into a wall outlet to get its power. It has a special signal controller which can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long enough that you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.
During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, the treated area will experience increased blood flow even though your body is at rest. It's a soothing sensation and extremely effective. With a T•Shellz Wrap® application, injured soft tissue is constantly being fed with healing, nutritious, oxygen and energy filled blood. This is exactly the fuel that soft tissue needs to heal.
An Achilles T•Shellz Wrap® is intended to significantly increase bloodflow in your achilles - period. With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:
We field a lot of calls from our customers that want to know why our T•Shellz Wraps® don't come with a battery powered option. The simple answer is that our T•Shellz Wraps® use a lot of power. We tried looking at batteries, but we found that a high capacity (and high cost) lithium-ion battery would last barely long enough for an adequate treatment time - and then it would need to be recharged. The amount of power that our wrap uses over such a short span of time should really drive home the fact that our T•Shellz Wraps® are real, industrial strength treatment devices; currently, for us to provide a battery option for our wraps we would have to reduce the level of output (ie. treatment power) emitted from the wrap. The lower the energy output, the less effective the device will be which is why our TShellz Wrap units are plug-in units only.
When treating an achilles with hot and cold treatments there are a couple of points to consider. Take breaks between ice pack treatments to ensure you do not freeze your skin - this rarely happens but it is important to look out for. To heal fast we need the right temperature at the right time. Consistent treatment protocols using ice packs to minimize swelling (at onset of injury or during flare ups), T•Shellz Wrap® applications and an exercise/stretching routine (assigned by your PT) will help maximize your chance for a complete recovery.
Do you have an achilles tendon or muscle tear, bursitis in your heel, muscle strain, or any other soft tissue injury in the lower leg that's painful, sore and always seems to get re-injured? This could be a sign that you have scar tissue in the injury location. The growth of scar tissue is ultimately what causes stiffening in muscles and tendons in the achilles, restricting movement and flexibility in your joint.
During the healing process your body will fill in tears in your tendons, muscles or ligaments with dense, brittle tissue called "scar tissue". The human body will use scar tissue as a temporary solution and will try to build the scar tissue as fast as possible to heal a strain or tear in your achilles tissue.
Scar tissue is one of the MAIN reasons why your achilles injury just hasn't healed. Even when the inflammation is gone, scar tissue will still be there to wreak havoc on your ankle movement and range of motion. On-going issues with scar tissue can even result in a tear or full tendon rupture - basically a worsened injury that may require surgery.
Scar tissue will form fast to deal with a strain or tear to one of your tendons, or muscles in the achilles area, but working fast doesn't mean that the job's done right. When scar tissue forms it doesn't come together as neatly as regular (healthy) tissue would. Scar tissue fibers will lay down over top of your tear in a cluttered, messy and jumbled up way.
This is how scar tissue works. The scar tissue that forms to fix your tear will be unorganized and won't line up properly with the healthy tissue surrounding the injury site. This scar tissue will also attach to everything in that area, including the surrounding healthy tissue as well. This can result in a long-term fusing together of the soft tissue in your achilles that stiffens your joint reducing your mobility and making your injury even more painful (tenosynovitis)!
Scar tissue is a major problem especially when it comes to chronic, repetitive strain damage - causing your injury to take months or even YEARS to completely heal!
T•Shellz Wraps® are what we believe to be the most highly effective home medical devices out there - helping boost blood circulation, increase elasticity of soft tissue, reduce inflammation and minimize pain. It is a product we have developed specifically for this purpose. You can be certain it will do this, as we give full refunds if this is not the case.
The Energy Pad (a component of the T•Shellz Wrap® stimulates all the tissue beneath it evenly. The parts of your body that are healthy will rapidly respond with increased blood flow and there will be little sensation in that area. As your body continues to recover you'll also notice a decrease in pain and the range of motion in your hip will improve. So not only does pain and inflammation go away, but with every treatment you can feel the difference - you can tell your injury is getting better.
When applied before activity or work, the Achilles TShellz Wrap will also relax and lengthen your soft tissue to help improve your range of motion and prevent atrophy (wasting away) of the tendons and ligaments in your ankle.
Overall, continued treatment with the Achilles TShellz Wrap will maintain good health in your achilles and significantly reduce your risk of re-injury.
Like all our products, T•Shellz Wraps® are high quality wraps you will find nowhere else. We have them for every part of the body. And, of course, we guarantee our wraps with the MendMeShop 60 day, money back guarantee. If you have purchased our product(s) and used them as directed and are not satisfied with the outcome; you can send it back for a full product refund. We also provide a full year warranty on our T•Shellz Wrap® devices.
So, if you're really looking for an effective home treatment for soft tissue bursitis pain; if you're looking to reduce inflammation, treat scar tissue, boost blood circulation and strengthen soft tissue, the T•Shellz Wrap® is what we recommend. We feel it is an exceptional home based approach to maximizing your soft tissue injury recovery process.
AidMyAchilles is committed to bringing you quality products for helping you relieve pain and boost blood flow to maximize your home recovery. These products are quickly revolutionizing the way the therapeutic industry thinks about soft tissue treatments and come highly recommended by our customers. If you have injured soft tissue in your achilles or lower calf muscle that you want to heal quickly, harness the power of your own body to heal itself and use an Achilles T•Shellz Wrap® to boost blood flow to soft tissue in the treatment area. This brings more nutrients and oxygen to the injured soft tissue, accelerating the body's own healing bio-mechanism.
With a TShellz Wrap you help your body heal without medications - you heal your body organically.
For Post-Surgery Recovery, cold is recommended by doctors to treat your pain in a natural, non-addictive way and to reduce swelling.
After the incision site has healed and initial inflammation has reduced, use our TShellz Wraps to stimulate blood flow in the area. Using the TShellz Wrap as soon as pain & swelling has reduced following your surgery will help minimize scar tissue growth that forms as you heal. Treating scar tissue is arguably the most important step following surgery, especially in a joint as scar tissue growth will impact range of motion in the joint.
Leaving post-surgery scar tissue untreated can lead to stiffness, chronic pain, osteoarthritis or other chronic conditions. You're more likely to end up with another injury if you choose not to actively treat the scar tissue that develops in the area - this is why pretty much all post surgery recoveries involve visits to a PT clinic. Circulatory Boost encourages more oxygen and nutrients to flow to the area to help your body in its recovery process. An increase in blood flow should also help improve the strength of soft tissue in the area.
The Achilles T•Shellz Wrap® is designed to treat the back of the lower leg, the back of the ankle (achilles area) and the sides of the ankle . Our Achilles T•Shellz Wraps® are universal, meaning one "Achilles wrap" can be used to treat the left and/or the right leg.
Common soft tissue injuries in the achilles area are as follows:
After treating your soft tissue injury with TShellz Wraps, you will arrive at a point where there is no longer any pain and you find that you can get around much more easily without pain. This often happens after a couple days of treatments and some rest on the sofa. Be careful! This is often where trouble can start.
Since the pain is gone, you can mistakenly start thinking your injury is healed. Not knowing this, we start become active like we used to again and in so doing, interrupt the healing process and start to stress the partially injured achilles, often re-injuring it again. We continually re-injure the achilles injury through our daily activities and now this injury has become a chronic achilles injury (tendonosis).
Eventually, we use the other leg more and more - or even use our knee instead of our ankle for a lengthy period of time. This is why the other joints start to hurt, and then really hurt - they are being overused now. Soon, aches and pain can become commonplace in the lower body - all as a result of the original achilles injury and the body's instictive nature to "protect" the injured achilles.
With a chronic soft tissue injury, odds of surgery increase as do the odds of more soft tissue injuries due to overcompensation. What I'm saying is this: once you start feeling better and the pain has disappeared, your injury is still there. Depending on the type of injury and/or condition, it may take another 4 months to heal. Contine your home conservative treatments such as: TShellz Wraps at least twice per day to continue boosting blood flow in the area and reducing your risk of reinjury.
When applied before activity or work, the TShellz Wrap helps relax and lengthen soft tissue. This helps improve your temporary range of motion, reducing risk of increased atrophy in the achilles area. Continued treatment with a T•Shellz Wrap® will maintain good health in the soft tissue and significantly reduce risk of re=injury.
It's generally understood by doctors and surgeons that surgery will introduce more scar tissue. This added scar tissue will be problematic, requiring PT and conservative treatment options post-surgery. If not dealt with properly, your achilles could end up in worse condition than before the surgery! This is why surgery is only performed as a last resort.
There are some ankle/achilles conditions where surgery is really unavoidable. Often, such surgeries will be for repairing full tears or bone spur removal. When it comes to bone spurs, you may be interested to know that there are many people with bone spurs that are not even aware they have them. It is only when there is inflammation (usually tendonitis or an impingement) that the bone spur often becomes noticeable and irritating. This is why a physician will often tell you that bone spur removal is not necessary - if you can remove the inflammation around the bone spur, then there is no longer an issue with it. In cases where surgery happens, know that the Achilles TShellz Wraps are excellent home treatment tools for recovery from achilles/ankle/heel surgery. The wrap you use will depend on what and where the surgery occurred. Click here to learn more about it.
Most doctors, surgeons and orthopedic specialists will recommend conservative home treatment options for soft tissue injuries before even considering surgery.
Some of the most effective conservative treatment methods you will find are:
We are very confident our line of home use products and exercise ebooks will assist you in recovering from your injury by reducing your swelling and inflammation induced pain, maximizing blood flow where it's needed most and increasing the flexibility / range of motion of your achilles heel with consistent stretching.
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Once treatment is complete, you also have the option of tightening the straps to provide light compression support for your injured joint. You can also unplug the device from the power supply enabling you to move around the home, office or clinic freely and still use the wrap for support and comfort.
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