Medial epicondylitis, more commonly known as golfer’s elbow, is a form of tendinitis that affects the tendons connecting the muscles in your forearm to your elbow. It is similar to tennis elbow, but occurs on the bony bump on the inside of the elbow, rather than the outside. While the condition is quite common in golfers, it can occur in anyone who regularly twists their wrists or clenches their fingers.
When we think about pain, we tend to think of signals being sent from one part of our body to the brain, to alert it of a problem. What many people fail to realise is that this is a two-way system, and there are also signals that travel from the brain and down the spinal cord. These signals determine our levels of sensitivity, and therefore determine “how much” pain we feel. In simple English, pain is not just a result of the problem, it also comes from how sensitive we are in general.
Summer is officially over and we are now firmly in autumn territory. September in particular tends to bring about noticeable changes in our schedules, as children go back to school, tourist numbers start to decline, and colleagues return from their trips abroad. All of these little changes, combined with worsening weather and shorter days can wreak havoc on our workout routines. But it is important to stay focused and motivated during this time, or you run the risk of falling into some bad habits. Here, we look at a few different ways you can stay fit and motivated throughout autumn.
Muscle cramp is a term used to describe the involuntary contraction of a muscle, which does not immediately relax afterwards. If relaxation of the muscle does occur straight after, it is a spasm. Any muscle in the body is capable of cramping, although the muscles in the legs are far more susceptible to cramps than any other. A muscle that cramps will often become tangibly, and sometimes visibly, stiffer.
We recently looked at why injuries seem to take longer to heal as we age. Theories include that our cellular pathways become overloaded with information, which prevents our cells from dividing efficiently; that our inflammatory responses change, and that we either get too much or not enough inflammation; or that certain chemical changes, such as to our level of hormones, could impede our ability to heal.
A migraine is a chronic neurological disorder where a person will suffer head pain on one side of their head. Migraines are usually described as a throbbing sensation, and are rarely classified as mild. Many people experiencing migraines will also experience nausea, and sensitivity to light or noise. For most people, a migraine attack will mean total disruption to their normal daily routine, and can last anywhere from a few hours to a few days.
Suffering from back pain can be a frustrating experience, as even the slightest pain can be persistent and throw our days into chaos. Almost every activity we do, whether it is working, exercising, watching TV, or even sleeping suddenly becomes a struggle to get comfortable and stay focused. How to deal with this pain depends heavily on what the cause of it is, so in this blog, we’re going to look at what different pains in parts of your back can mean.
The calf is one of the most frequently injured body parts, especially if you are a particularly active person. As well as the three major muscles, the soleus, the medial gastrocnemius, and the lateral gastrocnemius, the calf also contains the smaller plantaris muscles, the tibia, the fibula, and a number of tendons and ligaments. Calf pain can arise from any one of these areas, so in this blog, we will look at some of the most common causes of calf pain, and how to treat them.
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Gymnastics is a sport that requires both power and poise. Not only can the moves involved be extremely complex, but they often require the gymnast to use the majority of their body parts at once, and can place joints in particular under extreme strain. While injuries are common in any sport, they are exceedingly common in gymnastics, so in this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most common gymnastic injuries.
There are lots of great reasons to take part in a triathlon. For some, it’s an interesting new challenge, for others, it’s a great form of cross-training to overcome injuries, and some people just feel that they’re good enough at running, swimming, and cycling to give all three a go at once. Whatever your reasons for entering may be, here are our tips on getting ready for a triathlon.
After the summer we’ve had this year, running from shade to shade is about as much exercise as some of us have gotten. Whatever your sport of choice may be, it’s okay, even advisable, to take a break for a few weeks. But with September drawing ever closer, people all across the country are beginning to prepare themselves for the next season. If you have been spending your days at the beach and your evenings at barbecues, then it shouldn’t be a huge surprise if you have a little extra work to do. But if you start early, you can get back into shape, improve your game, and minimise your risk of injury.
Piriformis syndrome is a neuromuscular condition that occurs when the piriformis muscle compresses the sciatic nerve. As both the piriformis muscle and the sciatic nerve are located at least in part in the buttocks, the first symptoms of the condition are tingling or numbness in that area. As the condition progresses, this can turn into a pain that radiates about halfway down the leg, and possibly slightly up into the back as well. Because of the pain associated with piriformis syndrome, sufferers can find that they have a reduced range of motion in the hip.
Glauber Barduzzi, one of our Chartered Physiotherapists, spent some time in Riga, Latvia this month with the Northern Ireland women's soccer team as part of the UEFA Women's Football Development Programme.
Anyone who has been practicing pilates for a while will be familiar with the vast physical and mental benefits it can have, but those who are just considering taking it up may not realise how beneficial it can be. Whether it’s keeping us limber or helping our brains stay young, there are a lot of reasons to seriously consider taking up pilates. In this blog, we’re going to look at some of the most positive effects it can have.
For many people, the only reason to give the glutes a workout is for the aesthetic benefit. But as great as it would be if we could all look like Kim Kardashian, there are actually many health benefits to keeping your glutes in shape. They are the largest muscle group in the body, consisting of the Gluteus Minimus, Gluteus Medius, and the well-known Gluteus Maximus. These muscles play a vital role in how we walk, run, stand, sit… basically they are always doing something important. For this reason, having healthy glutes is important in maintaining good health in other areas of your body, the most important of which we will look at below.
Osteoporosis, which literally means “porous bone”, is a condition where the body loses more bone than it makes. The result is that instead of having strong, dense bones, they can become brittle and weak, making them very susceptible to fractures and breaks.
The history of massage therapy can be traced back thousands of years, with the earliest written records discovered to date being “The Yellow Emperor’s Classic Book of Internal Medicine”, which was written around the year 2700 BC. The Ancient Egyptians were using massage as a form of medicine as far back as 2500 BC, while India has written records of massage dating back to 1500 BC. The practice of massage was first introduced to the Western world in the early 19th Century by Dr. Per Henril Ling, before being improved upon by Johan Georg Mezger. The result was what we now call the Swedish massage, and it is the most popular massage in the west.
Muscle knots are areas where tense muscle fibres stick to each other, eventually beginning to tear and form scar tissue. Also known as myofascial trigger points, muscle knots can be either active, where they cause pain without any pressure, or latent, where they only hurt when pressure is applied to them.