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Tennis Elbow Treatment
02 Dec

Tennis Elbow Treatment

Tennis Elbow Symptoms and Treatment

What is tennis elbow?

Tennis elbow is usually the result of every day activity, and you don’t have to play tennis to suffer from it. Tennis elbow or in medical terminology, Lateral Epicondylitis, is a tendinopathy, which means it affects the tendons of your forearm that extend your wrist and fingers. The cause of tennis elbow isn’t exactly known. Most experts believe it is due to small tears that develop in the wrist extensors tendons that can be caused from repetitive movements and overuse. A sudden movement or poor technique in a sport can also cause it, most commonly in racket sports

 

Tennis Elbow Facts

  • 1-3 people get tennis elbow in every 100 people
  • More common in ages 40-50
  • Most common in your dominant arm
  • It can last between 6 months to 2 years, depending on the severity and if left untreated
  • If you have had it once you are more likely to get it again later on in life.

Tennis Elbow Symptoms

  • Pain and tenderness on the outside of the elbow and down the muscles in the forearm
  • Pain worse when gripping objects or shaking someone’s hand
  • Pain when lifting objects or extending your wrist
  • Weak grip
  • Stiff & swollen elbow

How can Physiotherapy help tennis elbow?

Physiotherapy can help you in multiple ways to overcome this elbow pain that is interfering with your work or sport. Physiotherapists can help ease your mind by giving you the proper diagnosis and giving you some education on the pathology and advice on how you can get better.

Tennis Elbow PHYSIO Treatments

  • Soft/Deep tissue release to the wrist extensors
  • Acupuncture to these structures
  • Home exercise program focused on stretching and strengthening
  • Ultrasound therapy
  • Taping techniques for pain relief

Tennis Elbow Self-Help Advice

  • Rest, but not fully as you do not want your elbow to stiffen
  • Avoid repetitive movements that cause pain
  • If it is not possible to avoid a movement, take regular breaks
  • Avoid gripping and lifting objects

    • If not possible, lift with palm facing up
  • Hot and cold packs

    • Hot for stiffness
    • Cold for inflammation and pain
  • Give yourself a massage in the painful area
  • Keep moving
  • Take painkillers if necessary
  • Stretching and strengthening  exercises for your wrist extensors
How To Prevent Muscle And Joint Pain In The Winter
22 Nov

How To Prevent Muscle And Joint Pain In The Winter

We detail 13 ways to prevent muscle and joint pain in the winter when temperatures drop.

It is that time of year again where you just want to cozy up by the fireplace while sipping on some hot coco and spending some time with the family. However, for those of you who suffer from joint and muscle pain, this cold season can really be difficult and aggravate those aches while making you feel not so jolly.

If you are someone who suffers from arthritis you are not crazy to think it gets worse when the temperature drops. There is a real reason for why this happens. Besides the fact that it is harder to stay active and physically motivated during the cold periods there is a scientific reason for your worsening joint and muscle pain. According to a medical Professor from the University of Harvard, Robert Jamison, this can be explained not necessarily by the cold, rain or snow but a change in the barometric pressure.

What is the barometric pressure you are probably asking?

This is the atmospheric pressure. In other words, this is the force exerted onto a surface by the weight of the atmosphere. High barometric pressure pushes against the body externally, preventing internal tissues from expanding. This is what happens in warm temperatures. When the temperature drops the barometric pressure drops with it and the tissues tend to expand, which allows them to put pressure on our nerves that control our pain signals. This triggers the pain and makes these wintery days feel unbearable on our joints and muscles.

So here are 13 tips to keep your aches and pains from getting worse during the Holidays:

1. STAY WARM: especially head, hands and feet

2. Beat the winter blues and STAY active inside
a. Walk indoors
b. Swim indoors/Hydrotherapy
c. Pick up some weights

3. AVOID strenuous activity

4. Go to a Yoga or Pilates class or stretch while watching your favorite Christmas movie

5. Use the stairs instead of the elevator

6. Stay Hydrated

7. Try not to gain those extra holiday pounds and STICK to your DIET

8. Stock up on bubbles and enjoy a nice warm bath

9. Get yourself some Vitamin D supplements

10. Invest in a good pair of winter boots so you do not slip and fall during this icy period

11. Fish Oil tablets have been shown to reduce inflammation

12. Treat yourself to a nice massage

13. AND do not miss any of your physiotherapy appointments!!

Signs To Look Out For That You Should See a Physiotherapist
27 Jun

Signs To Look Out For That You Should See a Physiotherapist

Signs To See a Physiotherapist

Physiotherapy is not a treatment that is meant only for elite athletes, or people who are recovering from an injury. You can use the treatment to improve your health in numerous ways. Here are the signs to look out for that you should see a physiotherapist:

– Loss of Balance

Loss of balance may be caused by problems with your inner ear. Typically, the structures in your ear are a vital part of the balance system of your body (called the vestibular system). Any issues or conditions that affect your inner ear can end up leaving you feeling a wide range of symptoms like vertigo, dizziness plus balance disturbance, which are often difficult to live with.

If you have these symptoms, a physiotherapy treatment known as vestibular rehabilitation can overcome the above symptoms. After evaluating your specific need, your physiotherapist can design effective series of eye, neck and head exercises that will help retain your CNS (central nervous system) to recompense for the inner ear issues.

– You Cannot Move as Easily as Before

If you have noticed that you do not feel as flexible or your movement is not as easy as it normally is (for instance, you cannot touch your toes any more), you should see a physiotherapist. A physiotherapist can assess the issue and then provide you with a series of exercises for strengthening your supporting tissues and relaxing your muscles, which allows you to gradually increase your flexibility.

– Pain Lasting Longer than 7 Days

If you experience any soreness or back pain that lasts more than 7 days, you should see a physiotherapist, especially if it is aggravated by sneezing or coughing or restricting your movement.

Physiotherapists are capable of isolating any injuries and then prescribe a rehabilitation programme that will help you or refer you to the suitable specialist if they suspect your pain is a sign of something more sinister.

Treatments for pain include manipulation, massage and exercises for helping you support the damaged body part better plus prevent the injury from occurring again.

– You Have Started to Urinate Uncontrollably

UI (Urinary incontinence) also known as involuntary urination is a very common condition; approximately 3 to 6 million people are suffering from this distressing problem to some extent in the United Kingdom.

It’s more common in women than men, and the condition becomes more likely as people get older; however, that does not mean that people have to live with UI forever. There are generally two main types of UI: urge incontinence and stress incontinence. Stress incontinence occurs when the bladder is under pressure; for example, when you sneeze or cough. Urge incontinence happens when urine leaks as the patient feel a sudden strong urge of passing urine, or soon afterwards: most people suffer from both.

If you are looking for physio in Manchester, you should visit Total Restore. All our physiotherapists are chartered as well as registered with the HPC (Health Professions Council). Our focus is on restoring movement plus function to your body following dysfunction, operation, illness or injury.

What are the benefits of Sports Massage Physiotherapy?
26 Feb

What are the benefits of Sports Massage Physiotherapy?

Sports massage physiotherapy

Many people suffer from pains after having long periods of physical activities. The pains are a result of a few injuries that may affect the body parts as well as problematic reasons in the blood vessels. Such problems may affect not only those in athletics but also any other person who is physically active. Fortunately, getting sports massage physiotherapy can be a solution to evade such pains. Massaging can be done before or after sporting activity.

The following are benefits of massage physiotherapy:

Reduce Injury Occurrence and Boost Performance

For every athlete, injury issues are one of the leading factors that can deter their performance. In most cases, players under injury terms are sidelined for any sports activity until they heal, get fit and pronounced ready to resume. A pre-massage can be so helpful in the performance of any person. It gives you the flexibility to compete more efficiently. It can help to prompt the nerves cells, making your muscles more flexible. It also enhances proper blood flow in the body. In turn, it helps you to enjoy adequate inhalation of oxygen during the sporting action. In fact, such flexibility will enable you to evade injuries that may come due to collapsing, muscle pull and many other possible problems. Through massage, anxiety reduction and morale-boosting are achievable.

Pain Reduction, Muscle Retrieval and Immune System Boosting

The physical activity may overwork the muscles, limiting their working ability and potential. Massage physiotherapy plays a significant role in efficient relaxation. The massage improves the muscle activity as well as blood flow. It enables eased the process of metabolism by-products to move smoothly and fast from the muscles. The implication of the enhanced method makes you enjoy a quicker realisation of a relaxed feeling. Typically, without such massage, the body inactively conducts these activities. The blockage that may happen in blood vessels may also cause pain. However, such strains are controlled and eliminated by the proper massaging. It also enables the body to release the endorphin hormones that effectively aids in control of pain by interacting with receptors in your brain. Pain reduction allows you to enjoy sleep without anybody disruptions.

Prevention and Control of Muscle Related Problems

The Sports massage physiotherapy efficiently avoids the occurrence of muscle problems such as swelling. There are various ways that it is done depending on preference as well as the probability of swelling. For high probability cases of swelling, another more modified massage method can be used. The physiotherapist applies the techniques of vehicle graphics, which makes use of the vinyl film materials. The material is wrapped firmly on the muscle area to prevent the occurrence of swelling as well as controlling pressure in the muscles.

What to expect from your physiotherapy treatment
23 Nov

What to expect from your physiotherapy treatment

If you are thinking of taking physiotherapy lessons there are plenty of things that you may be seeking answers for, or you may be undecided whether the treatment is good or bad for you. Physiotherapy is a responsive kind of treatment which is very beneficial to patients if done in the right manner and the right schedule followed to the core. Read more »

Benefits of Sports Massage
26 Mar

Benefits of Sports Massage

The Restoration Blog

Benefits of Sports Massage. It’s that time of year again when the days start to get lighter and we get the spring back in our step. With plentiful opportunities coming up in the running calendar this year, many of us are getting off the couch, dusting off the trainers and getting stuck into a training regime. Read more »