Bicep Tendonitis, there is a powerful ally to full recovery!

The Biceps muscle is a strong muscle in the front of the arm that contracts to bend the elbow.

Do you feel pain when you move your arm and shoulder, especially when you move your arm forward raise it to shoulder height? Does the pain occur when you touch the front of your shoulder?

The Bicep muscle is a strong muscle in the front of the arm that contracts to bend the elbow. The biceps work mostly at the elbow to cause flexion of the elbow, which occurs when you do a curl as in weight-lifting or when you lift anything upward toward your face.

Why are you feeling this pain? It could mean it’s bicep tendonitis also known as bicipital tendonitis.  This inflammation causes pain in the front part of the shoulder or upper arm and is diagnosed after a doctor examines your arm and shoulder for tenderness along the bicep muscle and bicep tendons.

It occurs from overuse of the arm and shoulder or from an injury to the bicep tendon. Treatment may include placing ice packs on your shoulder for 20 to 30 minutes every 3 to  4 hours for 2 or 3 days or until the pain goes away. If it continues more than 3 to 4 days it has now become chronic pain.

If it continues, your doctor may prescribe anti-inflammatory medication and depending on severity suggest corticosteroid medication to reduce the inflammation and pain. They also may prescribe physical therapy for rehabilitative exercises. Also avoidance of repetitive reaching and lifting may allow the tendon inflammation to improve.  Is that it? Is that enough, that isn’t the whole story to healing your pain!

It’s up to your body to respond to healing, if you are doing everything that has been recommended ice, resting and you go without fail to the prescribe therapies but your strength and mobility are not improving,  what do you do then? There is a whole other side to the story that although well-intentioned your doctor is may not have the time to explain. 

“Unfortunately, we’re led to believe that the physical damage is the most pressing, perhaps even the ONLY issue – Whether it’s our muscles, tendons or joints that are hurt.

The really tricky thing is that your nervous system damaged by your injury often isn’t helped by the rehab efforts directed mainly at the physical part of your injury.” A. Willete, NMT

You don’t have to feel like giving up or accepting you will always feel pain. There is a different approach, a scientific approach to your massage.

The clinical application of Neuromuscular therapy is here to help. It’s like uncrossing those wires that are sending the wrong signals to your brain.

Let me explain,

You have injured yourself to the point that your brain adapts, this is not just me saying this it’s a proven physiological law called the law of facilitation. The result is a pattern of weakness, tension and compensation that develops and gets stuck.  It often doesn’t recognize that the muscle that was damaged has started to recover. It’s like the image of rain on a dirt hill or a record that gets stuck in a groove. Each time it rains, the pathway becomes more entrenched, larger, and more intricate spreading out to nearby pathways. What Neuromuscular therapy does is re-train the brain out of these patterns that are not working well for you and make new ones, that starts you on the road.

You get stronger,
You move with less effort,
Without compensating! – (Using the RIGHT muscles)…
And most importantly, without the fatigue and PAIN and now your exercise should be easier so you can reinforce the new patterns!

The goal is to return you to your sport or activity as soon as is safely possible. If you return too soon you may worsen your injury, which could lead to permanent damage. Everyone recovers from injury at a different rate. Returning to your activity will be determined by how soon your shoulder recovers not by how many days or weeks it has been since your injury occurred. In general, the longer you have symptoms before you start treatment, the longer it will take to get better.

Prevention is key, you can best prevent biceps tendonitis by doing a proper warm-up and stretching exercises for your arm and shoulder before your activity.

Now for the golden question, don’t you deserve a full recovery of your injury? Why not try a powerful ally in the clinical application of Neuromuscular Therapy to end your pain and gain your strength back!  Visit and if you found this article informative feel free to rate it or leave a comment, tell me your story!

References: Clinical Application of Neuromuscular Therapy by Leon Chaitow, Body in Balance A. Willete


6 thoughts on “Bicep Tendonitis, there is a powerful ally to full recovery!

  1. Hi there,

    Very interesting article, I have been suffering from inflmammation of the bicep tendon in my shoulder as a result of a lifesaving injury. It has been over a year now, been to chiro, orthro, physio and recently had a sports massage in which i have seen the most gains. my muscles have definately compensated and I have alot of knots and scar tissue that has now formed. But I am getting there….slowly!!! Been an extremely frustrating time for me!!!

    I have often wondered how much of this muscle tightness and slight pain is physcologoical….it could be.

    Any other advice would be appreciated.



  2. Hi mara,

    Haven’t had a MRI hey, I am without medical and an MRI here in South Africa is Extremely expensive, R5000 rand a pop! Thats about $500 dollars or so? How much is it in the US, if you are from US, sorry I’m just assuming.

    I hope its not a degenerative issue. My problem was I continued to train through the pain, which was a bad idea! I’m paying for it now!

    Its gotten better weekly, for example I couldnt the shoulder dislocate exercise before without a pinch at the top of the movement, this week I established I can, pain free, also I am able to swim again, pain free.

    Thanks for reply.


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