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You don’t have to play at Wimbledon to get tennis elbow

Wondering how and why tennis elbow arises? The experts at are here to explain what can be done to ease the pain.

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As Wimbledon draws to a close, it’s time to talk about one of the common health problems that many enthusiastic tennis fans will have experienced – however it isn’t exclusive to tennis players alone. Health experts at Bridgeham Clinic explain:

Tennis elbow is when the muscle tendons in the forearm responsible for controlling the extension action of the wrist become irritated and inflamed.

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The inflammation usually occurs at the point where the tendons attach onto the outer part of the elbow.

Pain can also be present in the bone itself. That’s the dull ‘toothache’ pain that tends to be there all the time, worse at night, and the acutely disproportionate nauseating wave of pain that immediately kicks in as you accidently misjudge the door frame you just passed through!

Tennis elbow tends to arise as a result of over-use or repetitive strain activities or sports such as tennis, however, many times a tennis elbow sufferer has never played tennis! More often the onset of pain is after prolonged keyboard use or a change in normal activities.

At Bridgeham, the osteopath can assess the elbow joint and severity of inflammation and treat with a combination of articulation, soft tissue massage, ultrasound, manipulation and acupuncture if required.

The osteopath can also assess the rest of your posture including shoulder, neck & head positioning which often influences tennis elbow cause and recovery.

Tennis elbow symptoms vary between individuals and so recovery doesn’t always depend on severity of pain. However, with an average tendonitis (inflammation of the tendon) we would expect to see an improvement in symptoms within the first two to three treatments.

We often advise home exercises, use of supports and strategies to continue improvements between visits. There are times when tennis elbow can arise from repetitive movement habits, daily challenges or posture. If this is the case, we would continue the recovery journey with our Pilates team to increase your awareness and prevent reoccurrence of the symptoms.

“My tennis elbow started when I was about 17 years old from playing badminton and went on for about 2 years forcing me to consider giving it up. However, the osteopaths at Bridgeham have made it possible for me to continue playing and not suffer in pain for doing so!” – Miss W

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Neurokinex Gatwick wins national award

Neurokinex Gatwick – a leading provider of activity-based rehabilitation for spinal cord injury – has won the 2018 National Fitness Awards’ Best Rehabilitation Facility of the Year category.

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Four members of the 10-strong team were at the Award ceremony on Friday November 30th to receive the Award.

The Best Rehabilitation Facility category is open to gyms and sites who are dedicated purely to the rehabilitation market and/or who employ specially trained consultants to deal with GP referrals. Neurokinex was chosen as a finalist from 100s of entries and was up against four other finalists.

Neurokinex underwent a rigorous assessment process, which involved a site visit by a member of the awards’ team who toured the facility, chatted to clients and staff and examined all areas of the business. Detailed reports were then compiled and passed on to an expert judging panel which decided the winners.

Neurokinex Gatwick team receives National Fitness Award for Best Rehabilitation Facility

“I am very proud and happy that our Gatwick team has won this very important award,”

says Harvey Sihota, founder and director of Neurokinex.

“This achievement is testament to the hard work of the entire team. We know our ground-breaking protocols and activity-based rehabilitation therapies are redefining possibilities for adults and children with spinal cord injury. But to have this independent validation from industry experts that our work is of a national award-winning quality is an honour: I am delighted our work has been recognised this way.”

Neurokinex www.neurokinex.org is a charity and a not-for-profit organisation.

The Gatwick site, which opened in 2016, sets out to redefine possibilities for people with a spinal cord injury.

Its programmes stimulate and load the entire nervous and musculoskeletal systems through carefully crafted, task-specific exercises with the assistance of skilled therapists. Neurokinex clients take part in activities such as active standing, cycling, walking and rowing, tailored to their neurological impairment.

This offers people a multitude of benefits including improvements in neurological function, muscle bulk and quality, cardiovascular health, strength and stamina, balance and trunk control, skin and bone health, range of motion and psychological wellbeing.

“Neurokinex stood out to us as a life-changing facility which combines cutting edge tech with highly-skilled and compassionate trainers,” says Judith Halkerston, Event Director, National Fitness Awards.

“It is evident that Neurokinex is changing the lives of people with spinal cord injury. Its broad client base of adults and children as young as 18 months, plus international clients who are travelling to the facility for this treatment, proves that it is offering something very special indeed. They should be very proud of their achievement and I wish them continued success going forwards.”

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