Physical Therapy Exercises For Tennis Elbow-mkdv-02

Physical Therapies for Tennis Elbow When dealing with tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) there are a number of options when it .es to what types of physical therapy are available.  Some of the exercises and therapies can be performed by your self and others are performed by professional therapists. Therapy and exercises basically .e in two separate sections but when .bined they provide for a synergistic result which often means that the injured site will heal much faster with greater mobility and flexibility achieved. Some of the different physical therapies include the use of machines to help to alleviate pain and dis.fort these include: Ultrasound Ultrasound treatment – produces deep heat from the scanner to the injured area and increases the blood flow to the injured tissues resulting in greater flexibility, faster removal of the built up toxins in the elbow joint and a decrease in pain and muscle spasm. Transcutaneous Electrical Nervous Stimulation Electrical stimulation – TENS machines- are known to be very effective in helping pain.  If applied early enough they provide an effective natural pain management technique for women in labour.  These machines work by passing a mild continuous electrical current through electrodes placed at nerve trigger points.  This current stimulates the receptors to send signals to the brain to block it sending back messages to the pain receptors. Massage Massage reduces the formation of scar tissue, helps new blood vessels grow in damaged tissues, improves the blood circulation to the area and improves the lymph flow to and from the damaged tissues.  Massaging can be done by yourself or you can pay to have a therapeutic massage, such as an aromatherapy massage.  An aromatherapy massage also has the added benefits of using oils that will ease pain, reduced inflammation and regenerate cell tissues. Manual Therapy Manual therapies are done by the therapist using slow careful movements to twist, pull and push joints and bones back into their correct positions to increase the mobility of the joint and ease pain. Reflexology or other Alternative Therapies Alternative therapies are wonderful.  I can say that with .plete confidence from two personal stand points – one as a professional therapists and one from a sufferer of severe joint pain.  There are many wonderful alternative therapies to choose from – many though can only be performed by a therapist e.g. reiki, acupuncture, the Bowen Technique etc but reflexology can easily be administered by the sufferer through working on corresponding reflex points located on the ears, hands & feet.  This type of therapy allows for instant treatment any time, anywhere.  It is the one that I use the most often and it is the treatment that I advise my clients to use between visits to empower them over their condition. .bining Treatments All the physical therapies that I have mentioned above can be used to greater advantage when they are .bined with exercises to heal your tennis elbow.  This is particularly useful for restoring flexibility and strength to the elbow after undergoing surgery.  The exercises best suited to a tennis elbow injury include a 3 phase plan for rehabilitation Stage 1             Decrease inflammation and pain             Promote tissue healing             Slow down the rate of muscular atrophy The above objectives are reached by using the RICE method – rest, ice, .pression & elevation.  It is also useful to use a fresh root ginger .press or to massage the area with jojoba, St John’s Wort, Sweet Almond or Tamanu oil and a pain relieving essential oil such as lavender, tea tree etc. Resting from activities that cause aggravation to the injury but make sure that you maintain a high level of activity to avoid additional stiffness and muscle atrophy. Stage 2             Improve flexibility             Increase strength & endurance             Increase functional activities The objectives to this phase are achieved through gentle stretching exercises that include wrist flexion, extension and rotation.  All of these exercises need to be carried out with the elbow extended, held for around 20 – 30 seconds, repeated for 5 times and performed at least twice a day.  Once increased flexibility in the joint is achieved and the pain has gone then you can then go to the second part of phase 2. Strengthening exercises Making  sure that the elbow is bent and the wrist is supported you can then begin to build up the muscle strength by performing wrist extension, flexion, wrists twists, finger extension (using a rubber band) for resistance and ball squeezes.  Start with 5 to 10 repetitions of each exercise and gradually build them up.  If you feel pain at anytime then STOP and go back to the stretching exercises. Finally when you have received full function in your arm then use the following guide to start playing tennis again.  Remember if you have poor technique then talk to a professional coach about how you can improve. Plan to getting back to playing tennis 15 mins            forearm only 30 mins            forearm only 30 mins            forearm and 2 handed backhand 45 mins            forearm and backhand 45 mins            all strokes full play .petitive play About the Author: I am a .plementary health practitoner with experience working in many fields including media and law enforcement agencies. I am the author of five ebooks on health and fitness issues, including the best selling series Pain Relief at Your Fingertips ‘Ease Tennis Elbow Pain in Minutes’ and ‘Continued Wellbeing’. – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: