Tennis elbow is a condition that is not usually anything to do with tennis, most sufferers of tennis elbow have probably not been near a tennis racket since school! Tennis elbow is in fact the term for a condition known clinically as lateral epicondylitis. Pain is felt around the outside of the elbow, around the outside of the upper forearm and is most keenly felt when lifting or bending the arm. People with tennis elbow may also have difficulty in gripping and twisting the forearm - such as holding pens or opening a jar or turning handles, they may also have having difficulty extending the forearm.
Marathon season is upon us once again, the roads and parks are full of people training hard for one of the longest races of their lives. Here in the South East we have the Brighton Marathon on 6th April 2014 and of course, the famous London Marathon on 13th April 2014. By now, competitors will be doing some long runs before they taper off their training in preparation for the big day.
‘Shin splints’ is often the generic term used for lower leg pain, but when accurately diagnosed, shin splints are known medically as medial tibial stress syndrome (MTSS). This condition refers to pain in the shins, the front part of the lower legs, and is an inflammation of the connective muscle tissue surrounding the front of the tibia. The pain is commonly brought on by strenuous activity, especially stop-start sports such as tennis and basketball, as well as running on hard or uneven surfaces. Dancers also commonly suffer with shin splints. It is never advisable to run or dance through the pain of shin splints as this can lead to stress fractures of the bone - shin pain is an indication that there is already damage to the muscle and/or bone therefore exercising further can cause more intense pain, longer recovery and more damage to the area. Shin splints are often seen with people who have ‘flat feet’, this overpronation involves excessive rolling inwards which can cause the tibia to twist or the lower muscles to over-stretch. Those people who lean forward, or back too much or those that run with their toes pointing inwards may also be prone to shin splints. Women also have an increased risk of complications from shin splints (stress fractures) especially if their bone density is less, which occurs in osteoporosis.
Welcome back to Timo’s blog! I hope you have all had a great break over the summer months.
The children are back at school, the summer is drawing to a close and most of us have probably taken our holidays. It’s back to work, the routine and the onset of winter to look forward to. With this in mind, some of you may have decided to start a new fitness programme, taken up a new hobby or decided to get stuck into work after the lull of the summer. So why should a regular massage be part of your weekly routine?
Based in the heart of theatreland, in Covent Garden London, many of my clients are dancers, singers and actors who often perform to gruelling timetables in some of the most prestigious venues in the world. It is therefore essential that their bodies and voices are in peak condition at every performance. As well as using deep tissue massage, sports massage and massage specifically for dancers to ensure their body is at its physical best, I can also offer voice massage therapy. I am the only trained Voice Massage Therapist in the country, able to provide this unique treatment.