Monthly Archives: June 2015

Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis

Lateral epicondylitis, (tennis elbow) is an overuse injury caused by inflammation at the elbow, where the tendon of the forearm extensor muscles inserts into the humerus.

Repetitive movements such as gripping tools or sporting equipment can cause stress to be placed on the tendon, which may result in micro tears or a pulling on the tendon, thus causing the pain and inflammation.

Tennis ElbowElbow pain is not just restricted to tennis players and golfers.  It is often seen in people participating in weightlifting, hockey, wrestling, canoeing and other sports.  Tradespeople such as plumbers, bricklayers and house painters doing the same repetitive movements each day can also develop this condition.

Symptoms can include soreness around the elbow itself, experiencing pain when the arm is straighten or the fingers expanded and sometimes a dull ache when the arm is at rest. The inability to easily grasp and hold objects especially when the arm is stretched out can be a symptom.

We suggest you call 5244 5438 to make an appointment with our Myotherapist who can offer relief by using soft tissue techniques and the gentle stretching of the wrist extensor muscles.

ITB Friction Syndrome

Iliotibial band

ITB friction syndrome is caused by repetitive rubbing of the Iliotibial band (ITB) against the bone on the outer side of the knee. This causes pain and discomfort that is aggravated by exercise, especially running.

ITB Friction SyndromeITB friction syndrome often starts out with a slight pain on the outer side of the knee, but then develops into more intense and chronic pain as the athlete continues their exercise regime.

The myotherapy approach is to perform soft tissue techniques to reduce the strain off the ITB and helping to prevent the friction on the outside of the knee. Specific exercises which could help prevent this condition from reoccurring may be required.

If you think your condition could be helped by myotherapy call 5244 5438, or book online to come in and see our Myotherapist.

Plantar Fasciitis

Plantar Fasciitis

Every day your feet take a heavy pounding as you move through your daily activities. Pain and inflammation felt underneath the heel could indicate the Plantar Fasciitis condition, which is commonly caused by excessive strain on the plantar fascia of the foot.

Generally we see this in patients whose occupation requires standing, particularly on hard surfaces, for long periods of time, overweight or obese people and pregnant women. Pre-teen children and athletes especially runners and jumpers can also suffer with plantar fasciitis condition.  Wearing shoes with little or no arch support can be an aggravating factor.

Plantar FasciitisThe myotherapy approach is firstly to assess any muscle imbalances that could be present in the foot and the leg. Soft tissue massage can help alleviate the condition along with the recommendation of strengthening and stretching exercises.

It is recommended not to just ignore the pain under the heel and to make an appointment with our Myotherapist to discuss the condition. Book online or call 5244 5438.

Shin Splints

Shin Splints

Commonly called “Shin Splints” the pain and tenderness down the front/inside edge of the lower leg can be excruciating for both adults and young children.  If the muscles along the shin bone became tight, they pull on the sheath (Periosteum), a thin layer of tissue surrounding the bone, which can result in inflammation.

calf-painAvid sportspeople are especially prone to this because of the impact of running on asphalt and hard, unforgiving surfaces such as netball and squash courts.  Abrupt, repetitive changing directions on hard surfaces within training programs and extensive exercising can translate into overuse resulting in shin splints. The risk of shin splints is increased if the person is flat footed and also if there is an inadequate period of rest between sports activities/training.

Shin splints are common with pre-teens children and teenagers active in organized sports which can be linked with intense, initial training without appropriate conditioning and incorrect footwear that does not give the support needed for young, developing bodies.

Following assessment, our Myotherapist’s approach will generally be to perform soft tissue massage to the muscles of the lower and upper muscles of the leg.

It is recommended not to just try to ignore the pain but to make an appointment with our Myotherapist by calling 5244 5438 or booking online.