Tennis elbow is common condition we see in the clinic and is tendinopathy of the common extensor tendon in the elbow. This condition usually occurs when the tissue tolerance is exceeded or the point at which the tissue can cope. Example going from palyign tennis once a week to 3 times per week, the tissues can’t cope with the load and we see changes in the tendon. Like all pain conditions it is never that simple as pain is Emergent meaning there are many different contributors to why an area hurts.
Tennis elbow is a diverse group of pain conditions that can be triggered by tennis, gym or work. Like all pain conditions Tennis elbow are emergent in nature, meaning many different contributors into interacting together. At Tecoma Myotherapy we can explore lifestyle and daily habits that can bring you closer to having a headache like advice around better quality of sleep, exercise, coping strategies for stress, exercise and dietry advice. Treatment in the clinic can be helping you make sense of where why you hurt and while working on the lifestyle and contributing factors to your tennis elbow and we can desensitize the local area around the elbow to allow you to continue loading the area.
Keep loading, you say? I say this because we have to keep the capacity in you arm as high as we can without stirring it up because this will allow you to return to a more fucntional state more quickly. If you avoid using the arm you will loose strength, tolerance and the tissues will become unhealthly. Avoid the major contributors and aggravating factors then continue to load with guidence from Tecoma Myotherapy so we can get you back to what you love more quickly.
Bilby in the Bath
Adaption of Bilby in the Bath, Butler & Mosley, Noigroup Publications, 2015, Orginal illustrator David Blaiklock
In the clinic you will see a painting of the Bilby in the Bath, why you ask? I have this in the clinic to start shifitng my patients from a linear thinking of pain to a more emergent way: for example my arm is sore from using the mouse to one of exploring the stressors, lifestyle, strength and tolerance of tissues and anything in your world that is a threat or danger.
Lets explain the Bilby: lets imagine when this bathtub over flows protective outputs of the body like pain and headaches may be produced. Alot of the time we blame the last little thing for triggering off our heahache, but when we look in the bath we will see there are much larger and bigger dangers that are filling up the bath and brining closer to the edge of overflowing. So, when we undernstand pain we might start blaming that little bilby a littble bit less and started exploring these larger and greater dangers that are filling up the bath. This image is a copy is an adaption of image out of the Butler & Moseley, Protectometer: the Explain Pain Handbook, Noigroup Publications, 2015. Originall illustration David Blaiklock and adaption by Evie Pape with permission of Noigroup Publications.