Tennis Elbow

1809, 2016

Tennis elbow

By |September 18th, 2016|testimonials|Comments Off on Tennis elbow

Painful tennis Elbow (elbow tendinitis) has been a painful part of my life for almost 11 years,
although not a tennis player the repetitive motions whilst decorating 100’s of cakes left me often
in tremendous pain.

I tried everything from braces, cortisone injections, Chinese massages and every over the counter
product available.

It became chronic and felt like an enormous bruise from my hand to  the right side of my body –
and then remarkably after only ONE session with Dr Guy Ashburner – it just disappeared.

To be pain free is so life changing. Thanks so much.

Mari-Louis Guy

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Tennis Injuries

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Tennis is a complex physical sport requiring hand-eye coordination and full body participation to run, position, swing and hit. Most Tennis Injuries can be minimised or prevented entirely with osteopathic treatment, which will improve body position and function therefore aiding recovery and preventing re-injury. Sports osteopathic management can further equip the individual tennis player with advice on how to improve flexibility and muscle condition, as well as advice on appropriate equipment.

The most common injuries associated with tennis are shoulder injuries (rotator cuff), tennis elbow (extensor tendinopathy), back pain, knee pain, calf /tendon injuries and ankle strains. Osteopathy is ideal for treating these types of injuries.

Rotator cuff injuries (shoulder) The rotator cuff muscles stabilize and decelerate the shoulder movements, to prevent the arm following the ball in a throw or swing of the arm. Injuries can occur with overuse and poor technique, ie hitting too soon on the serve before the shoulder mechanics are ready.

Tennis elbow (extensor tendinopathy/lateral epicondylitis) Overloading of the forearm muscles due to over gripping of the tennis racket and poor backhand technique can lead to small tears and consequent inflammation to the outside (lateral) forearm muscles. Proper racket selection and grip size a significant role in preventing tennis elbow. The two-handed backhand relieves stress on these outside forearm muscles (that attach to the lateral epicondyle).

Back pain Back pain seems to be related to an increased extension (leaning back), or swaybacked posture for power production during service strokes. This extension position stresses the small joints and soft tissues of the spine. Older tennis players have the most back pain due to progressive stiffness and normal age related wear and tear of joints.

Knee pain (Patella tendinopathy/patella-femoral syndrome) Front (Anterior) knee pain is common in […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Tennis Elbow

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Tennis Elbow – Water Bucket Elbow

Tennis elbow is a pain or ache that is felt on the outside of the elbow due to an injury to the muscles that extend the wrist and fingers. Most people experience a gradual onset of pain that is intermittent at first then gradually becomes present more of the time. In some instances the pain may come on suddenly. The pain is usually around the outside of the elbow although you may feel some stiffness along the top of the forearm too. Repetitive strain or trauma leads to micro tears in the extensor carpi radialis brevis tendon (ECRB) close to where it inserts on to the bone (called the lateral epicondyle of the humerus) this initiates an inflammatory process causing pain and discomfort.

Often the condition is present long before the person actually starts to feel the pain, and usually only pain to touch, or when bumping into door frames. People may experience symptoms which range from pain while gripping objects (shaking hands, picking up a kettle, carrying a briefcase, brushing teeth) or resisted wrist/finger extension or when the muscles are stretched but also to a constant and unremitting ache that disturbs sleep.

It can often be linked to an increase in a specific repetitive activity or a new type of activity with repeated extension of the wrist against resistance (onset of tennis season, DIY, typing, bricklaying, sewing, knitting, excessive computer use, hairdressing, playing the violin, gardening, picking up buckets of water) or incorrect technique or overuse of weights, dropping a heavy weight without control (i.e. kettlebell swings) and excessive gripping. Through accumulation or excessive movement, the forearm muscles develop muscle contractures and fascial adhesions which make them tight, weak and […]