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More Muscle Injury Facts:

One common cause of muscle aches and pain is fibromyalgia, a condition that includes tenderness in your muscles and surrounding soft tissue, sleep difficulties, fatigue, and headaches


Muscle pain may also be caused by certain drugs, including ACE inhibitors and statins. ACE inhibitors are widely used for lowering blood pressure and statins for lowering cholesterol


Incomplete healing and re-injury can lead to a build up of scar tissue in the muscle causing further injury. The T•Shellz Wrap® is a very effective home treatment you can use to aid in scar tissue breakdown of muscle tissue.


To heal as fast as possible:

  • Rest
  • Use cold therapy to reduce pain, swelling.
  • Use Deep Tissue Therapy treatments to accelerate the body's natural healing cycle.
  • Avoid overuse of pain killers
  • Once swelling is reduced and healing has begun, start stretching the injured joint after warming up with a T•Shellz Wrap®. (stretching=good, straining=bad)


Typical characteristics of a muscle injury are bruising, weakness, muscle tightness and the inability to stretch the area

 

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Upper Back Strain (Trapezius Muscle Strain)


Related Term: Trapezius Myalgia

Trapezius myalgia is a medical term that means chronic (long term) pain of the trapezius muscle.

An Overview of Trapezius Muscle Strain

The trapezius muscle is one of the largest muscles in the body, extending down from the neck to the middle of the upper back and stretching across the shoulder blades.

trapezius back muscle strain

The main job of the trapezius muscle is to stabilize and move the shoulder blades (scapula). We put our trapezius muscle into action with regular simple activities lifting, pulling or rotating the neck, moving your arms, throwing a ball, push our arms in an overhead press, shrug you shoulders and help us breath.

The trapezius is subdivided into three sections - the upper, middle and lower. The muscle starts off from the back of the head, and runs down the spine, and across to the shoulder region, (clavicle, acromion and scapula). The nerves controlling the trapezius are supplied by nerves in the upper spine and a cranial nerve called the "accessory" nerve. If there is some nerve damage or pinching in the upper neck, you may find the trapezius is one of the muscles that go into spasm. Learn more about muscle spasms here.

The shoulder and neck joints are some of the most frequently used parts of the body. When abused through either overuse, over-straining or chronic mispositioning - the impact may present itself in multiple ways.


Symptoms of Trapezius Strain

  • You are getting frequent headaches - more-so than normal.
    trapezius muscle pain pattern


    "Trapezius hypertonicity and spasm is a common cause of tension headaches among the general population. Due to the path of the accessory nerve and occipital nerve, they can become entrapped, causing the classic ram's horn distribution of a tension headache. This headache is bilateral, throbbing, traveling from the occipital region, and wrapping around to the top of the head and forehead region." (Ourieff, J. and Agarwal, A. Ourieff, Jared, and Amit Agarwal. "Anatomy, Back, Trapezius." StatPearls Publishing (2018):. Web. 17 Feb. 2019.)
  • You are experiencing neck pain. This can get VERY uncomfortable as the back of the neck is a very busy area in terms of nerves and soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons). Neck pain can be sharp or dull, and may expand into the base of the skull or radiate outward into the shoulder and even down the arm to the hand and fingers.
  • You are experiencing tingling or numbness down the arm and possibly into the hand and fingers. Pressure on nerves can be caused by inflammation/swelling of the muscle - this pressure is often manifested through numbness and/or tingling (pins and needles).
  • You are experiencing weakness in the shoulder. Weakness in tendons and muscles can develop as the pain worsens and inflammation in the area spreads.
  • You have jaw pain.
  • You are experiencing pain in the shoulder and arm.
  • You have eye strain. Tension in muscles of the neck and upper back may restrict blood flow to the eyes, facilitating eye strain.
  • You have a stiff neck.

If one or more of those statements are true, you might be suffering from a strained or spasming trapezius muscle in your upper back and shoulder. Some of these symptoms can be applicable to a multitude of injuries - some of them quite serious. This is why it is important to consult a physician for a proper diagnosis when such symptoms appear - you need to know what you are dealing with!


What Causes Upper Back Strain in the Trapezius?

Activities of daily life can easily result in overuse of your neck, upper back and shoulders. Chronic overuse or stress on these areas will lead to a strain or other form of injury. Common causes of strain on the upper back, shoulders and neck are:

  • bending over a desk for long periods between breaks
    According to Science Daily (Jan.2008): "Sitting at a desk and working on a computer for an extended period of time with protracted shoulders and/or viewing a monitor which is not at eye level height may cause stress and tension in the trapezius muscles, thus leading to headaches."
  • emotional stress - this often can manifest in a tightening of muscles in the neck and shoulder blades (upper trapezius) areas
  • overextending or over-working the upper back and/or shoulders during exercise
  • carrying heavy objects on your shoulder - especially when the load is non-uniformly distributed across both shoulders. Backpacks and purses worn over one shoulder are great examples here as they put added tension on the trapezius. When bearing significant loads, it is recommended to distribute the loads across both shoulders by alternating shoulders, carrying grocery bags in both hands, etc.
  • maintaining poor posture while standing, reading, watching TV, driving.
    "'When your posture is tall and erect, the muscles of your back can easily support the weight of your head and neck -- as much as 12 pounds... but when your head juts forward at a 45 degree angle, your neck acts like a fulcrum, like a long lever lifting a heavy object. Now the muscle weight of your head and neck is the equivalent of about 45 pounds. It is not surprising people get stiff necks and shoulder and back pain.... ' So if you suffer from headaches or neck and backaches from computer work, check your posture and make sure your head is aligned on top of your neck, as if held by an invisible thread from the ceiling."
    ("Computers Can Be A Real Pain In The Neck". 2019. Sciencedaily. Accessed February 17 2019. https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2019/01/190104131233.htm)
  • having a keyboard, mouse and/or computer monitor positioned improperly (screen too high/low)
  • sleeping in a wrong or uncomfortable position
  • keeping your head down while using a cellphone
  • a sudden twist or jar to the neck (ie. whiplash)
    Whiplash injuries are typically caused by car accidents, physical abuse or contact sports. Posture at the time of the injury can and does influence how the trapezius muscle is affected, and with good posture, the severity of the injury will likely be lower.
  • a fall or accident that has injured the spine or blood vessels (ie. whiplash)
  • incorrect cane height
symptom list of a pulled trapezius muscle and shoulder pain

Many other conditions can also affect neck and shoulder pain. Some, but not all of these conditions are fibromyalgia, cervical arthritis or spondylosis, ruptured disk, small fractures from osteoporosis, narrowing of the spine canal (spinal stenosis), infection in the spine and cancer that involves the spine.

Signs and symptoms of upper back pain (trapezius muscle) strain or tear to the muscle include you may feel stiffness, soreness or achy, burning pain in the muscle from the base of our skull to between your shoulder blades, sharp pain when you move your neck, shoulder and/or arm. In extreme cases your unable move you head side to side and have upper back chronic pain (myalgia).



How Do I Diagnose a Trapezius Strain/Tear?

When you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms listed above and suspect you have this condition, the best way to diagnose it is with a quick visit to your doctor for a physical examination of your shoulders, neck and back. Getting a proper diagnosis is important so you can treat your condition correctly. Untreated chronic strain in the upper back will lead to a worsening of symptoms and will continue to freeze up the range of motion in your neck and shoulders.

A doctor visit is always recommended.

To begin with, your doctor will gather a medical history about you and your current condition and symptoms. He/she will ask about the amount pain you are having with your shoulders, neck back and possibly even eyes. Questions related to the duration of symptoms and range of motion loss should be expected. Further details about what you suspect initiated the issue, when it started, and whether or not you have ever had treatments for this or a similar condition in the past are very helpful in assessing your injury. Your doctor may also consider any previous back, shoulder and neck injuries or joint stiffness that you may have had in the past. This will help the doctor to determine if you have a more complex injury in the area and rule out any other injuries that may have once been symptomatic.

Range of motion movements / tests will be done to see how much movement has been lost in your shoulder and neck. You may experience minor temporary pain from the doctor poking and prodding the area, but by doing this your physician will better understand the source of your pain, the level of tenderness in the area and how well you can move with this condition.

mri shoulder image

If a soft tissue injury is suspected, an MRI may be undertaken to view where and how extensive the damage is. An x-ray may be recommended to rule out other possible causes of your symptoms. Possible causes of pain that an x-ray can identify include instability, abnormal bone shapes (bone spurs or bone cysts), wear and tear on the joints, avulsion fractures (when a fragment of bone tears away from the main bone along with the muscle, tendon, or ligament as a result of trauma), dislocations, arthritis, calcium deposits in the muscle or joint, and/or other problems.



Chronic Upper Back Strain Does Not Have to Persist For Years Or Longer. Here is Why It Does For Many

Recovery from trapezius muscle strain can take a long time, especially when adequate rest is not taken and some of the less effective, traditional treatment methods are utilized. This is simply because many treatments either focus on masking of pain or are too inconsistent to provide sustainable improvement.

1: Cortisone Injections Can Cause More Harm Than Good

The issue some of our clients find with cortisone injections is that people get a false sense that their injury is healed because they are not experiencing the pain they once did. Often, these clients engage in activities their doctor specifically told them not to do because they "no longer feel pain". Once the effects of the cortisone wear off in a few days or a week, people often find they have done more damage to their muscle. This of course, results in a prolonged recovery.

cortisone can be harmful

Merely masking the pain is not a solution; it is just a temporary fix. Cortisone does not provide a permanent contribution to any stage of healing.

2: Physical Therapy Helps (We Always Recommend It), But It Can Be Costly And Inconvenient

While we tout the benefits of physical therapy and believe it to be an integral recovery tool for most sufferers of soft tissue injuries, the problem is that people only attend sessions a few times a week.

To truly provide a long term solution to your tendon or muscle injury, you need to be receiving multiple treatments on a daily basis. Not just any type of treatments, but ones that focus on generation of new healthy tissue - along with proper synthesis of that tissue as well.

Treatments for soft tissue injuries (such as muscle strains and tears) are cumulative in nature...meaning the more the treatments are administered, the faster the benefits can be experienced.

Who these days has time to visit a therapist on a daily basis? Not only is your time limited, but the cost of daily physical therapy sessions is out of reach for most people.

Therefore, the focus needs to be on adding treatment options that can be done frequently, from the comfort of your own home (and even the workplace if the opportunity presents itself). We will discuss these options later on down the page.

3: People Tend To Focus Too Much On Cold Therapy Treatments

This is the third and final reason for extended soft tissue injury causes. We see it all the time - people for weeks and even months only focus on using cold therapy.

Doing too much cold therapy will actually inhibit the recovery because you are starving the injured tissues of the blood flow they need to repair and rebuild the collagen. Cold restricts the vessels - reducing the blood flow to the tissues that truly need it most.

The focus on cold therapy treatments should be in the earliest stages of an injury. In the mid and latter stages of a soft tissue injury, cold therapy is used intermittently to deal with flareups of swelling and inflammation.

The truth is, there will always some mild inflammation associated with tissue injuries. However, that inflammation will always remain UNTIL you begin to focus on healing the tissue. Once the tissues begin to heal, the inflammation will then subside more permanently - not just temporarily (as is often the case with cold therapy treatments on chronic soft tissue injuries).

As an analogy, think of a home with a leaky roof. You can place a bucket on the floor of the attic whenever it rains - and this will help temporarily, but does it truly address the situation? Obviously the answer is no. Not until you focus on repairing the structural issues with the roof - will the problem be actually solved.

The same concept applies to injured soft tissue - you need to focus on rebuilding and repairing them. To do this, you need more blood flow reaching them, not less.



Treatment for Trapezius Strain

You should rest as much as possible and limit your daily activities to reduce inflammation and avoid aggravating your upper back muscles (trapezius). This will help you avoid further exacerbating the injury. Take a close look at the causes of trapezius strain and ensure that your are taking adequate precautions - especially if you are continuing to work at a desk or using a laptop/tablet or mobile phone.

For years, doctors, trainers, and other medical professionals have recommended RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) to treat the pain and swelling of fresh injuries, chronic pain, and after any re-injury.

Strains of the upper back, neck and shoulder are best treated using conservative home therapies on a frequent basis.



Okay, So I Have a Painful Trapezius Strain... What Should I Do Now?

Stage 1: If the injury is very recent - use a good quality cold pack and Arnica Pain Relief Cream.

Note: If you are suffering from a tendinosis injury that has been going on for awhile, then skip the cold treatment as inflammation will be minimal. Anytime you are experiencing significant pain, you may find our Arnica Infusion Pain Relief Cream to be quite helpful.

If you are experiencing pain and swelling in the very early stages of the injury (first 48 to 72 hours), the first step in a conservative treatment protocol would be to focus on reducing the discomfort by applying a quality cold pack to the injured muscle along with a high quality pain relief cream such as our Arnica Infusion Cream.

Not only will you use your cold pack for the first 48 to 72 hours after the injury, but you should also use it during other stages of the healing process. Some examples include...

  • after any activity that stresses the back, neck or shoulders in a moderate way. It is wise to quickly apply cold therapy to not only reduce the pain, but to also minimize tissue damage that may have occurred during the prior event.
  • If you have a job that requires you to place some demands on your injured shoulder and back. If that is the case, use cold therapy immediately following work and if the opportunity allows - use it for 15 to 20 minutes during lunch or another break time.
  • If you are in a post-operative situation where cold compression therapy would be utilized heavily for at least the first few weeks following the procedure. Similarly, if you are scheduled for upcoming surgery, then you will need a high quality cold therapy device to use.

Having a Cold Compress or Ice Pack available at home to use if and when the need arises is helpful. Many of you already do so.

However, too many people over-focus on cold therapy while ignoring the most critical aspect to healing - nourishing the injured tissues with a healthy supply of blood flow needed to repair and rebuild the injured tissues.

This leads to the most important recommendation...

Stage 2: Focus on Increasing Blood Flow To The Injured Tissue - As This is The ONLY Way It Will Heal For the Long-Term

Even though the concept is simple, improving blood flow to injured tissues can be difficult. Traditional methods require your muscle to move to promote blood flow (exercise), but that same motion that promotes blood flow can at times lead to making your pain and condition worse.

  • Have you re-injured your back by returning to work too quickly?
  • How many times in the past have you aggravated your back or shoulder just trying to perform basic tasks around the home?
  • Is your debilitated arm preventing you from work or activities you love to do?

Most people we deal with tell us these scenarios have happened to them many times in the past. Perhaps it has already happened to you.

Promoting blood flow within a muscle or soft tissue injury to help the body heal itself is a concept that has been utilized for centuries. This is where the focus has to be if you are seeking long-term improvement.

Oxygen and nutrients, carried within the blood, are critical for the body to heal itself. Without proper blood flow, recovering from an injury or condition will be delayed...sometimes for a very long period of time.

The real challenge is how do you promote blood flow to muscles and tendons in the shoulder, neck and upper back without causing further injury? This goal is further complicated by the fact that your arms are involved in lot of strenuous and/or repetitive movements performed each day.

When people think blood flow beyond exercise, they instantly think "heating pad". Unfortunately, many individuals make the mistake in believing that a simple heating pad or microwavable gel packs will provide the blood flow needed to heal injured tissues. Nothing could be further from the truth.

how electromagnetic energy heats deep tissue

To begin with, heating pads and warmed gel packs work on conduction. The heat they generate has to be forced through multiple layers of skin and fatty tissues. With each layer of skin the heat passes through, there is a corresponding energy loss because that heat is absorbing into each layer it passes through- the skin is an excellent insulator! Your body responds to this heat by increasing the blood flow near your skins surface (not in your injured tissue) to dissipate the heat and it does so quite effectively.

By the time what little heat reaches below the skin, sub-dermal layer and fat layer into the targeted area (the dense, injured tissues), very little energy remains and this does not effectively enhance blood flow. With little blood flow reaching these injured tissues - healing just doesn't happen.

The heating pad may feel comforting when on the body, but that is because the warmth is absorbing into the skin. Moist heat has been believed to be more effective at warming internal tissues versus dry heat, because it is believed that water transfers heat more quickly than through air. Clinical studies do not support that popular belief.

When you are using a heating pad, all that you are really accomplishing is warming of the skin. The unintended consequence is that you draw blood flow AWAY from the targeted tissues (the injured ones deeper in the body) and direct the blood flow to the surface of the body.

Warming the skin will not significantly contribute to healing of deep tissue (muscles, tendons, ligaments, cartilage).

 

So If A Heating Pad Is Not The Answer, What Is?

In order to effectively stimulate blood flow to the dense tissue deep within the body, an energy based on an electromagnetic principal (diathermy) is needed. In essence, this is a conversion energy vs a conductive heat (like the heating pad example above - that is conductive heat).

Electromagnetic energy waves are not conductive heat waves - they are a much longer wavelength and hence, penetrate deep into the body. They are very safe and very effective as research over decades has shown. The F.D.A recognizes this as fact.

When these energy waves are emitted,they penetrate right through your skin and fat layers until they are absorbed by tissue high in protein. This means ligaments, muscles, cartilage, tendons and bone. Once they reach the targeted areas, they are absorbed and quickly converted into thermal energy... right at the location of the injury.

This results in relaxation of the vessel walls. The vessels then gently expand, allowing for more nutrient rich blood flow along with extra oxygen and antibodies to reach the damaged tissues. Plus, the enhanced blood flow helps in flushing cell waste and fluid build-up from the injury site - further enhancing the ability of the body to heal.

electromagnetic energy deep tissue repair tshellz

As mentioned above, standard heating pads and heated gel packs accomplish the exact opposite of your goals. They direct blood flow to the skin, not to the injured muscles and soft tissues you are trying to heal.

Electromagnetic energy is a form of energy will easily penetrate through clothing, skin, and fatty tissues... directly into your injured muscles and soft tissues within the shoulder and back. After the energy absorbs into soft tissue around the area (tendons,muscles,ligaments), the metabolic response then kick starts the repair and rebuilding process.

More blood now begins to flow effectively to the injured tissues deep within the body. The injured tissue needs the extra blood flow to heal as it is through the blood the body carries the oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies needed for proper and long-term healing.

While the concept of electromagnetic energy is slowly catching on in North America, the truth is, it is a technology that has been utilized in other societies for decades. Over the past 30 years, researchers in Japan and China have completed extensive studies on the use of the modality and their findings have been impressive. In addition, success has been reported in studies from countries such as Sweden and Germany.

Research is continuing and soon, much of North America will know what the Far East and Europe has known for a long time; electromagnetic energy provides a wide range of health benefits for those not only suffering from strains or tendinitis injuries, but for many other ailments (plantar fasciitis, bursitis, tenosynovitis, frozen shoulder, rotator cuff damage, etc.) as well.

Now, on to recommendation number two in the journey to heal your strained trapezius...

The Back T•Shellz Wrap® - Heal Your Trapezius Muscle Strain For The Long Term

The best option we came across in our research to accomplish true healing of back and shoulder injuries through home conservative treatment is the T•Shellz Wrap®. Use of this device results in a dramatic increase in blood flow to the injured soft tissue located deep within the body - all in a non-invasive manner.

Using a T•Shellz Wrap® will not expose you to the risk of causing further harm to soft tissue like you can when using rigorous exercise. The T•Shellz Wrap® accomplishes the goal of enhanced blood flow without the need for intensive exercise and as such reduces your risk of re-injury.

T•Shellz Wrap® = Accelerated Healing Power for Your Injury

electromagnetic trapezius deep tissue repair

The T•Shellz Wrap® is based on the scientifically validated principal of Electromagnetic energy as we discussed previously. This form of treatment is safe and effective as shown in numerous studies which can be referenced through the National Library of Medicine. Professional athletes and those in the medical field have been users of the technology for decades - it really hasn't been until recently that companies like ours introduced the treatment devices to the home user.

The healing energy from the T•Shellz Wrap® does not absorb into the skin - it absorbs directly into the damaged muscle and soft tissue (as a result, you will not feel the same level of heat on the skin versus a heating pad). The longer wavelength provides the electromagnetic energy wrap with the capability of penetrating deep into the body (well over two and a half inches).

EM energy emitted from the T•Shellz Wrap® is absorbed by high protein tissue (muscle, tendon, ligament, cartilage) and is converted into Kinetic energy - much of this energy being released as heat. Overall, EM energy will warm soft tissues, improve blood circulation, and boost metabolism and enzyme activity. In stimulating localized blood flow to damaged soft tissue, you provide needed oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies to regenerate new, healthy collagen. In addition, you will experience a clearing of toxins and excess fluid build up from the injury site. Over the intermediate term, this helps to reduce incidents of swelling as trapped fluids will be whisked away - reducing pressure on blood vessels.

Using the T•Shellz Wrap® is truly a unique experience. Within moments of applying a treatment to your injured arm, you can feel the healing sensation due to the increase in blood flow deep within the area. During a treatment, and for quite some time after you finish, the treated area will feel relaxed and less painful. It's a very soothing sensation and extremely effective.

Should I Use the Back T•Shellz Wrap® or the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap®?

The wrap you choose should depend on exactly where the strain is - when it comes to the trapezius, the best option we have is for the Back-Hip T•Shellz Wrap® as this wrap is extremely versatile and can most effectively target areas in the trapezius.

If you are experiencing more pain in the shoulder area, then I'd recommend the Shoulder T•Shellz Wrap® as this wrap will work on EITHER shoulder and is designed to conform around the top of the shoulder joint.


Who Should Use the T•Shellz Wrap®

We recommend the use of a T•Shellz Wrap®:

  • If you have injured tendons, muscle or any soft tissue in your back, shoulder or neck, then the T•Shellz Wrap® will accelerate your healing.
  • If you are dealing with conditions affecting your range of motion such as tendinosis, tenosynovitis, or even arthritis.
  • If you have a chronic muscle condition that has lasted for years- this device will help start the rebuilding process and help strengthen the surrounding and supporting tissues. Many of our past clients had suffered for years, then were completely amazed at the results only after a few months of treatments.
  • If you are still working with an injured trapezius muscle, the T•Shellz Wrap® will help relax injured soft tissue prior to work and after a day at the job.
  • If you are still trying to enjoy your favorite activities such as gardening, tennis, golf, etc - use the T•Shellz Wrap® prior to activity to help reduce chances of re-injuring or re-aggravating those targeted tissues.
  • If you are suffering from bursitis and want to treat the major source of it (secondary damage to the muscle and tendon surrounding the bursa sac). Through overuse or degenerative changes in the shoulder, muscle and tendons surrounding bursa sacs will tighten and constrict. When they do, they place pressure on the bursa, causing it to become irritated. Applying a soothing and deep penetrating energy to the shoulder relaxes the tissues and takes the pressure off the bursa.
  • If you have had stem cell, PRP or prolotherapy treatments and your physician told you to get a radiant energy wrap, then this is exactly what you need.
  • If you have injured your shoulder or back and need surgery, then this is exactly what you need after your surgery to help the surgically repaired tissues rebuild for long-term health.(once the surgery wound has healed)
  • If you are experiencing atrophy in your shoulder or neck (usually due to immobility) and want to reduce the chance of re-injury while stretching - this is a perfect treatment to use every time before you stretch.

Increased Blood Circulation = Increased Healing Rate

 

T•Shellz Wraps contain a Carbon Fiber Energy Pad which is flexible and will shape to conform to your body. This Energy Pad emits a uniform wave of perfectly safe electromagnetic energy over its entire surface. This energy travels deep inside to the soft tissue in your trapezius , stimulating blood flow your own body needs to heal your injury. It is the electromagnetic energy that is crucial to the healing process.


Best of all...

The T•Shellz Wraps are FDA Registered Medical Devices and are suitable for use in therapeutic clinics and FROM HOME. It is completely safe for people and patients to use for themselves.

As mentioned earlier, the use of electromagnetic energy is becoming much more commonplace in North America for everyday people. The technology has been used for decades in the worlds of professional and amateur - a contributing factor as to why athletes seem to recover from injuries so quickly.

Have you ever wondered by an athlete can return to activity after 3 or 4 weeks following a significant muscle strain - while your average person takes much longer to return back to normal? The secret isn't really that much of a secret - it involves consistent treatments (meaning multiple times a day) using a diathermy treatment like the T•Shellz Wrap® to stimulate blood flow to the injured tissues. Most athletes have the luxury of using in-house therapy facilities many times per day.

How many us can afford the time and money to visit a therapy clinic multiple times a day? Very few indeed. This is how you can gain the same advantage that athletes enjoy in healing their own injuries - by using a device like the T•Shellz Wrap® two or three times a day on a consistent basis.

Consistent Treatments = Consistent And Long Term Improvement

 

What Else Makes the T•Shellz Wrap® So Special?

We believe the T•Shellz Wrap® to be one of the most effective treatments to stimulate blood flow to dense, injured tissues such as muscles, tendons, ligaments, and other similar tissues.

We can promise that you will receive a product that is designed to be safe and does what it is supposed to do...quickly relieve pain and aid in the recovery from tendon, muscle and other soft tissue injuries.

The unit plugs into a standard wall outlet to get its power. The nice thing about the power supply is that the same unit can be used in North America and overseas as well. It has the capability to operate between 110v and 230v.

It has a special signal controller that can be set for 3 different power levels of application (3=High, 2=Medium, 1=Low). The cord is long so you can sit or lie comfortably and watch TV, read or surf the net while you're using it.

Treatments are max 30 minutes in duration and the device can be worn over clothing. This allows you to use the device at work, at home, or really anywhere you have access to an electrical outlet.

...A Quick Recap of Benefits That Can Be Achieved Via the T•Shellz Wrap®..

  • We have T•Shellz Wraps that can fit on the back, hip, leg, arm, shoulder, knee, wrist and ankle
  • Targeted treatment of soft tissue injuries
  • It can be used before exercise to warm up the problematic joint to reduce the risk of injury (heat elongates soft tissue and makes it more flexible)
  • Increases temporary flexibility and length of tissues (reducing the re-injury factor)
  • Carbon fiber Energy Pad is strong, lightweight, and flexible - contours very easily
  • It provides deep heat, which the body responds to by increasing blood flow. Increased blood flow enhances the healing rate - saving time and money when associated with extended doctor or physical therapist visits
  • it is an outstanding tool for post-surgery rehabilitation, getting you back to work faster
  • FDA Registered medical device for use in home or clinics - high quality, 1 year warranty, 60 day trial period

When Should I Use My TShellz Wrap During the Day?

The most common question we receive from individuals prior to purchasing is - how many times a day should I be using my wrap(s) and when should I be using them? While treatment plans will differ for each individual and their specific injury, there are general guidelines that should be adhered to.

  • Use a Cold Compress or Ice Pack when you are experiencing inflammation (usually after exertion or movement of the injury area).

The T•Shellz Wrap® would then be used:

  • Right after rising from bed in the morning (as this is when it is most stiff)
  • Prior to going to bed at night (to relax the shoulder, neck and/or back, allowing for better sleep)
  • Before you know you will be using your injured joint (going to work, driving, typing, etc).

Stage 3 - In Between Treatments With T•Shellz Wrap®, Apply Our New Fast Acting Pain Relief Cream Called ARNICA INFUSION

Dealing with aches and pains affecting the foot, ankle, leg, knee, hamstring, hip, back, arm, shoulder, elbow, wrist, or hand? If so, then applying the Arnica Infusion to any of these targeted areas will bring about fast relief from the pain and sore tissues. Simply apply a small amount of cream to the body and moments later, you will experience a soothing and comforting sensation over the area.

Arnica Infusion is specially designed to relieve pain due to sore muscles and joints associated with arthritis, backaches, sprains, strains, and bruises. No matter if you are dealing with an acute injury, chronic pain, or a general "flare-up" - you will experience fast relief from pain and inflammation.

mendmeshop arnica pain relief cream

This is a product that many of our current MendMeShop customers asked us to develop. So we focused our time and resources over the past few years and came up, with we believe, will be one of more effective, fast acting, topical pain relief creams on the market.

You are likely familiar with some of the standard topical agents on the market as most of our customers use them. The are mass marketed and even found in most department stores now.

Well, we are here to say that Arnica Infusion goes many steps beyond what they offer.

Made in the USA at an FDA registered manufacturing facility, you can be assured that Arnica Infusion is both safe and effective. We only source top grade ingredients while implementing strict quality control checks during every step of the production process. Expect the same high quality that MendMeShop customers have been accustomed to since we started the company in 2005.

The "Cool Blue" formula is the perfect balance between the smooth application of a cream and the effective absorbing factor of a gel. It is not too thick and not too thin - just the right texture. Best of all, it feels very nice on the skin!

Each application of Arnica Infusion feels so comforting and soothing, we are certain it will become an item you will not want to live without.

Arnica Infusion Ingredients

The Arnica Infusion formula is based on a combination of scientific research and the use of high quality ingredients. The properties within the formula were chosen for their pain relief, anti-inflammatory, and soothing qualities.

The acting ingredients within the formula include ones many of us are familiar with; along with ones that have not received a lot of publicity (only in research circles). Extensive testing resulted in a blending of ingredients that provides the most synergistic of benefits.

The notable ingredients in the Arnica Infusion formula include:

  • Arnica - powerful anti-inflammatory, speeds recovery, enhances circulation
  • Menthol - provides deep penetrating pain relief with a nice cooling sensation
  • Vitamin B6 - promotes normal nerve function
  • MSM - supports healthy connective tissues, anti-inflammatory
  • Ilex Leaf Extract - increases circulation, skin conditioner
  • Vitamin E - anti-inflammatory, enhances circulation, hydrates the skin
  • Aloe - anti-inflammatory properties, soothes the skin
  • Tea Tree - enhances penetration of ingredients

Extensive quality control procedures during the manufacturing process ensure the ingredients and final product are both safe and effective. We would not stake our reputation on anything but the best.

When Do I Apply the Arnica Infusion?

While At Work

Apply Arnica Infusion at work to help reduce acute discomfort associated with overuse of muscles and joints. No matter if you are in a physical demanding job or work within an office environment, you will be placing stress on different parts of the body and aches and pains will result.

Before Or After Work, Sports, & Activity

If you suffer from a sprained ligament, pulled muscle, strained tendon, or even bruising - apply Arnica Infusion for quick relief of the pain.

Chronic Pain Suffering

Application of Arnica Infusion can be done up to a maximum of 4 times per day on a consistent basis to help bring about relief from various pains and aches.

In-between Treatments With the T•Shellz Wraps

Follow up your T•Shellz and Cold treatments with an application of Arnica Infusion. Combine the pain relieving benefits of Arnica Infusion along with the healing benefits of the wraps to make your recovery go much more smoothly.

Do not apply Arnica Infusion within a 2 hour timespan before a T•Shellz Wrap® treatment.

Whether you decide to use the Arnica Infusion in conjunction with the T-Shell and other treatments - or if you decide to use the cream as a stand-alone product - you will not be disappointed with the results. We guarantee it.



Exercise and stretching

Adding stretches to your daily route will help reduce pain and prevent re-injury to your upper back (trapezius muscles). Gentle and slow range of motion exercises include;

  • rolling the shoulder back and pinch your shoulder blades together (scapular pinches)
  • shoulder shrugs - move your shoulder up and down toward your ears then back down again
  • bending the neck side to side, title one ear toward the shoulder and hold for a short time
  • turning your head side to side to look over the shoulder for a short pause

Once your pain is reduced focus on strengthening the muscles of the upper back/neck to improve your posture by exercising the upper body (slowly and gradually).



A Note On OverCompensation

The longer your injury endures, the greater the risk of running into serious overcompensation injuries.

To Stop Re-Injury & Reduce the Risk of a More Serious Overcompensation Injury, You Need to Heal Quickly & Completely!

Anyone in need of rapid recovery and complete healing must consider a comprehensive treatment plan that includes an effective means to minimize swelling and inflammation yet also stimulate healing and tissue elasticity. We have found no better set of tools that can be used at home than this:

What You Definitely Need to Successfully Treat
& Heal Your Trapezius Strain at Home:

  • A TShellz Wrap to increase Blood-flow to the injured upper back (Deep Tissue Therapy Therapy).
  • MendMeShop Arnica Pain Cream for temporary relief of pain due to sore muscles and joints.
  • An Exercise & Stretching Plan to prevent muscle atrophy and shortened tendons. A proper plan will increase elasticity and strengthen the muscles of the upper arm, shoulder, neck and back.

Conservative treatment tools just like these have been used successfully by thousands of tendinosis injury sufferers - just like you.


We believe the use of T•Shellz Wraps for effective treatment of soft tissue injuries is one of the most under-utilized home treatment options available on the market today. We have thousands of customers that have tried many options out there and have been amazed at how effective and fast the TShellz Wrap treatment can heal soft tissue injuries.

With regular use of the TShellz Wrap:

  • Your pain will be reduced.
  • Your injury will heal at an accelerated rate with reduced potential for re-injury.
  • Your shoulder and upper back will have a larger range of motion and increased extensibility of collagen tissue. (Chapter 9 of "Therapeutic Heat and Cold", 4th edition. (amazon.com link - Ed. Justus F. Lehmann, M.D., Williams, and Wilkin)



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Our Devices Are Not Only Used To Help Heal Active Injuries - They Can Also Be Used Post-Operative to Accelerate Healing

Doctors and Surgeons are always improving the techniques used in surgery, and results from surgery now are much more positive than they were in the past. However, all surgeries introduce scar tissue, and recovery from back or shoulder surgery can be less than ideal and take longer than anticipated.

If you do wind up getting surgery, know that rehabilitation at-home while attending regular physical therapy or doctor appointments is vital for your overall recovery.

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Consistent exercise and conservative treatment on a daily basis during your rehabilitation while working with your doctor or physical therapist is key. This is why you should seriously consider maximizing your recovery by using the T•Shellz Wrap® at home once you are approved for physical therapy.

The more consistent you work at enhancing blood flow to surgically repaired soft tissue, the more consistent the healing process will be. Nourishing the tissues will more oxygen and nutrients (which are carried through the blood stream) will give the body a better ability to produce new, healthy collagen. In effect, you will help the body produce stronger tissues while potentially reducing the number of setbacks that can occur following surgical procedures.

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The Treatment Advantages just keep coming...

According to the trusted medical knowledge of Justus F. Lehmann, M.D. (well-known rehabilitation medicine specialist-amazon.com link), increasing the temperature of soft tissue through the application of a warming therapy will also provide these 7 Truly Amazing Benefits:

1. Increase The Flexibility of Tissue

Warming up tissue before stretching (exercise at home or in a physical therapy clinic) can provide on-going flexibility in your tissue that will continue after the stretch is done. Experiments conducted by medical professionals have shown that applying warm temperature treatments (like the T•Shellz Wrap®) before stretching & range-of-motion exercises can provide lingering flexibility that is beneficial when stretching any of the soft tissue in your upper back.

2. Decrease Joint Stiffness

Medical studies have shown a decrease in joint stiffness after the temperature of injured tissue is increased with a warming temperature therapy compared to the stiffness experienced at a much lower, normal, body temperature.

3. Relieve Muscle Spasms

Tissue and muscles that have been over-strained or injured can suffer from continuous squeezing in the muscle fibers... This is also known as a muscle spasm or trigger point pain. On-going muscle spasms will decrease blood flow and increase your nerves' sensitivity to pain.

It has been believed for a long time by many medical professionals that a deep tissue warming treatment can reduce the incidence of muscle spasms. It is generally accepted by the medical community that the body's response of increased blood circulation due to the introduction of deep heat will help alleviate spasming muscles.

4. Control and Reduce Pain

There are a lot of reasons why you may feel pain in your back... You could be feeling pain from muscle spasms, lack of blood flow to your soft tissue, and even stress placed on your nerves due to overall stiffness in your neck. Significant pain relief can be felt from introducing deep heat treatments. Increasing the temperature of deep muscle tissue in your upper back can reduce pain sensation experienced in the base of the neck and upper back.

5. Increased Blood Flow

Using a deep tissue warming treatment will trigger the body to send increased blood flow in an attempt to "cool down" the area. This can produce an increased level of blood flow similar to the amount of blood flow achieved through regular exercise.

6. Relieve On-going Inflammation

Increased blood flow can take away any remaining built up fluid (edema) and lingering inflammation. This will help to decrease your pain and speed up the healing process.

7. Treat a Variety of Back, Neck & Shoulder Injuries

Warming temperature therapies like T•Shellz treatments are now becoming a leading edge home medical care solution for soft tissue injuries to promote both relief in chronic injuries (tendinitis, tendinosis, bursitis, or arthritis) and speed up the overall healing process for newer (acute) back and shoulder soft tissue injuries.


The Key Point To Keep in Mind When Treating Your Injury

Make Sure That Complete Healing is Your #1 Goal

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We all know that if the injury was healed, the pain would go away but what about the opposite situation? If the pain is gone, does that mean the injury is better? Unfortunately, this is not always true.

Too many people only focus on suppressing pain symptoms while providing less attention to the true healing aspects of the body. Experiencing less pain, while obviously a good short-term goal, never equates to underlying healing. Scar tissue can remain for months after one gets to a point of being relatively pain-free. However, as long the weak and brittle scar tissue remains, you are susceptible to re-injury or re-aggravation. Certain motions or movements can cause the weaker tissue to easily tear - resulting in some reversal of the recovery up until that point.

This is why we recommend for people to continue with their doctor or therapist recommended exercises and to continue with mild treatments of the T•Shellz Wrap® for a period of time - to better ensure complete healing.

Ongoing treatments to enhance circulation will soothe, relax and promote healing of your damaged muscles and tendons. T•Shellz treatments will also allow your soft tissue to extend further due to the increased heat generated in this same soft tissue. The more extensible your tissues are, the less likely they are to strain or sprain.

The Back T•Shellz Wrap® is a highly effective therapy tool for people suffering from upper, mid and lower back injuries - such as trapezius muscle tears, tendon tears, strains, tendonitis, tendinopathy, tendinosis, impingements, bursitis, and any pain associated with trigger points, scar tissue, and arthritis in the back, neck, groin or hip.


Are you still unsure about placing an order? let me address some questions that may causing some hesitation...

What is the success rate of the T•Shellz Wraps? Do they really work?

The short answer is - yes, the T•Shellz Wraps are highly effective at conservative home treatment devices. We try and keep in touch with a large percentage of our customers, and we encourage them to do the same. In doing so, we have received a lot of feedback as we have sold Electromagnetic Devices since 2008.

We can say that the return rate on our products is only around 5% any given month. That is exceptional by anyone's standards and shows that the overwhelming majority of people who purchase from us do achieve benefits with our products.

What is the difference between the T•Shellz Wrap® and a standard heating pad?

The differences between the T•Shellz Wrap® and heating pads, moist gel packs, etc - is a night and day comparison. Nothing like this compares to the power of "deep heat" that T•Shellz technology provides.

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To begin with, heating pads and the like work on conduction. The heat has to be forced through multiple layers of skin and fatty tissues. With each layer of skin the heat passes through, there is a corresponding energy loss because that heat is absorbing into each layer it passes through. By the time the heat reaches the targeted area, very little energy is remaining and this does not effectively enhance blood flow. Without the enhanced blood flow effect to the injured tissues - healing just won't happen.

The heating pad may feel good when on the body, but that is because you are merely heating the skin. Moist heat has been believed to be more effective at warming internal tissues versus dry heat, because it is believed that water transfers heat more quickly than through air. Clinical studies do not support the popular belief.

In comparison... The T•Shellz Wrap® is based on the scientifically validated principal of Electromagnetic energy. This form of treatment is safe and effective as shown in numerous studies which can be referenced through the National Library of Medicine.

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The energy from the T•Shellz Wrap® ultimately will gently warm deep tissue, improve blood circulation, and boost metabolism and enzyme activity. This is why it works so well - because the body responds very well to this form energy. In stimulating blood flow to the damaged tissue, you provide the tissue with the oxygen, nutrients, and antibodies it needs to regenerate new, healthy collagen. In addition, you will experience a clearing of toxins and excess fluid build up from the injury site. Over the intermediate term, this helps to reduce incidents of swelling as trapped fluids will be whisked away - reducing pressure on vessels.

How much time do I need to dedicate for treatments? Are the products easy to use?

The T•Shellz Wraps are very easy devices to use. After one or two uses, you will engage in the treatments with ease. Very detailed instructions are included and you are always welcome to contact us by phone or email if the need for help arises.

In regards to the T•Shellz Wrap®, it is ideal to use the device two or three times a day on average. Recommended treatment times are 15 to 20 minutes in duration; the device will turn off after 30 as a safety measure. Typically, people use the T•Shellz Wrap® before bed, upon awakening (or not long after) and one other time during the day when the opportunity presents itself. For people in an office setting, many will use the device at work (as it can be worn over clothing). For others, they will use the device an our or two after work.

A Cold Compress or Ice Pack is primarily used following activity that stresses the injured tissues (following work, after a sports activity, or just suffering a general re-injury). This is done to reduce inflammation and to minimize tissue damage. Recommended treatment length is approximately 15 to 20 minutes in duration.

How long has MendMeShop been in business

We established our firm in December of 2005. Our track record in this field continues to grow and we plan on being around for many decades to come.

What is your return policy? Is it the standard 30 days?

We go above and beyond what other companies offer - we offer a full 60 day money back guarantee with no restocking fees.

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We strongly believe that we can help you, and we have thousands of happy clients to back this claim. You are welcome to try our products for a 60 day period.. If you are committed to following the treatments outlined in the product instructions we are very confident that our TShellz Wraps will aid you immensely. If you do not receive the benefits that countless of our other customers have experienced from our products, call us, mail the product back to us and we will provide you with a full product refund.


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If any question or concern arises, call us or simply send us an email at any time (we check our emails constantly all throughout the day and night.. even on holidays!). We will respond as soon as possible.

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During your recovery, you will probably have to modify and/or eliminate any activities that cause pain or discomfort at the location of your soft tissue injury until the pain and inflammation settle. Always consult your doctor and/or Physical Therapist before using any of our outstanding products, to make sure they are right for you and your condition. The more diligent you are with your treatment and rehabilitation, the faster you will see successful results!


What can a T•Shellz Wrap® Treat?


A T•Shellz Wrap® promotes healing and/or treats on-going pain and stiffness for:


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  • back pain
  • back muscle strain, spasm or cramps
  • lumbar pain
  • pain caused by whiplash
  • muscle overuse
  • neck strain due to heavy computer/cellphone use
  • chronic back conditions
  • strained trapezius or lat muscles
  • post-operative recovery
  • tendonitis, tendinosis, tenosynovitis
  • bursitis
  • other soft tissue injuries and chronic conditions located in the upper back, shoulders and base of neck


Our customers love the quick, natural pain relief and you will too.


Call for your personal treatment plan

Find out more about the T•Shellz Wrap® by calling our Customer Advisers toll free within Continental North America at 1-866-237-9608, +1-705-445-3505 internationally, or email service@mendmeshop.com

Our T•Shellz Wrap® will assist you in recovering from your injury faster and reduce the chance of degenerative conditions introducing deep heat where it is needed most to reduce swelling and inflammation induced pain. You will be very surprised at the results you can achieve in a very short time, just by using this device at home every day as directed.

Continuing the healing process by getting lots of rest and avoid overuse of your back and shoulders. Limit movements that may be aggravate your muscles, leading to re-injury. Muscle related injuries can easily turn from a grade 1 deltoid muscle strain into a grade 2 or a grade 2 into a grade 3 shoulder injury.


Our online shop accepts Visa & Mastercard as well as a Paypal Payment option.
We also encourage your to Call Our Office at 1-866-237-9608 (toll free continental NA) where we can answer any questions you have and/or take your order via phone.

Product specialists are available 9:00 am to 10:00 pm Eastern Standard Time Monday, Tuesday and between 9:00 am and 5:00pm on Wednesday to Friday.

If any question or concern arises, call us or simply send us an email at any time (we check our emails constantly all throughout the day and night.. even on holidays!). We will respond as soon as possible.

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Living with pain is never easy and we encourage you to call us with any questions you have related to your hamstring injury. We will do our best to help.

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Muscle Injury Facts:

There are approximately 639 muscles in the human body


Muscle aches and pains are common and can involve more than one muscle


Muscle pain also can involve ligaments, tendons, and fascia, the soft tissues that connect muscles, bones, and organs


Oral medications can mask the pain but do not aid in the healing of a muscle injury. Anti-inflammatories and pain killers can cause muscle related injuries to worsen


Muscle pain also can be a sign of conditions affecting your whole body, like some infections and disorders that affect connective tissues throughout the body


Most common cause of muscle aches & pains:

  • Injury or trauma including sprains and strains
  • Overuse: using a muscle too much, too soon, too often
  • Tension or stress

 

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