In This Month
Give Pain the Elbow – Wimbledon is upon us! Tips on avoiding ‘Tennis Elbow’
Avoid RSI: Repetetive Strain Injury: How you can prevent it.
New Arrival: Welcoming our first Summer baby to Lower Earley Osteopaths.
We are proud to welcome the first Summer baby called Eli Caleb Prince to proud parents Sam and Richard. I can’t believe after 9 months of kicking me through every treatment he’s finally here….would you believe he’s only 24 hours old, such a big boy.
Well done to Sam following her natural delivery even though he weighed a whopping 8lb4oz! We’re currently treating Eli to help him feed easier; he’ll be guzzling away in no time!
If you’d like more information about Osteopathic treatment for expecting mums or newborns please contact Emma.
Is currently teaching his son to drive….goodbye last few hair follicles!
Is a fully qualified, and insured, Medical Acupuncturist.
Our first star of the month goes to Lisa Millar; for her continual support of passing out our business cards and bringing friends, family and work colleagues through our door.
She will receive a free treatment in June.
Welcome to the first Newsletter from Lower Earley Osteopaths!!
As Wimbledon is upon us, with all the budding Federer’s out there, we’ve turned our attention to the commonly occurring Tennis Elbow!
Tennis Elbow: What is it?
Tennis Elbow is medically known as lateral epicondylitis, it is a condition where the outer surface of the elbow becomes sore, tender and sometimes swollen.
The name Tennis Elbow can be misleading, racquet sports are only thought to be the cause in 5 in a 100 cases (patient.co.uk) with 5 in 1,000 adults developing tennis elbow each year.
It occurs as an over use injury, it can be brought on by various activities including swimming, waiters, manual workers e.g. using a screwdriver and quite commonly desk based jobs,it frequently happens in your dominant arm.
Golfer’s elbow is the same principal but on the inside of the forearm from gripping the fingers tightly around the club.
Nicknames have been given to Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI), our favourite being ‘Mouse elbow’!
Why does it occur?
Data suggests in occurs as an over-exertion injury by performing repetitive motions for a number of years.It can also be brought on by trauma, such as blows to the elbow, a sudden pull when walking the dog on a lead or falling onto outstretched hands.
Repetitive strain, such as typing, mouse work or bringing the wrist back to hit a ball with a racket, cause the muscles to slowly become very tight and subsequently shorten. There are weak points in the attachment of the tendon in to the bone and can eventually cause small microtears to occur in the tendon.
This is because tendons are rope-like structures and can tear or strain similar to a rope fraying. We then work through the damage causing repetitive irritation and inflammation which can eventually lead to scar tissue and daily pain.
Signs and symptoms:
- Pain on inner or outer elbow
- Pain on gripping and movement of the wrist e.g typing, lifting and pouring the milk cartoon, turning door handles and opening jars.
- Stiffness in the morning upon waking.
- Radiating pain from the elbow to the forearm and wrist.
What can I do to help?
Get Elbow Friendly:
Ice the elbow:
What can Lower Earley Osteopaths do to help?
We mobilise the joints in arm and shoulder to improve the mechanics of the arm, stretch the over tight muscles and use low level laser therapy over the elbow to aid in tissue healing.
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