Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow

TIP: If you read joint pain article first, you will better understand tennis/golfer’s elbow health condition.

This condition is widespread among avid tennis players and golfers, but, it is not limited to the players alone; anyone who overuses their hands and arms may suffer from it. The tendon that attaches to the inner or outer elbow bone, has been over-pulled by the forearm muscles. It causes inflammation at the tendon attachment.

Imagine that you are holding one end of a 1m long rubber band. Its other end is attached to the door handle. If you keep pulling the rubber band towards you, the rubber band attached to the door handle overstretches and becomes weaker. Eventually, it will start to tear away.

The best way to mend this problem is not treating the rubber band (tendon) that is attached to the door handle (bone), but the person (muscle) who is pulling it. The moment your hand lets the rubber band, we can preserve it from tearing.

Most doctors and practitioners tend to overlook muscle-related problems because they are never picked up by MRI, CT scan, X-ray and Ultrasound. Even though you suffer from elbow pain, and must forget your favourite hobby for a while, they cannot make it better. You end up taking medications.

Chiropractic spinal manipulation on a relevant spinal level might improve nerve supply to the elbow area, and with DTMT it might be very effective on forearm muscle treatment.

Neck and Shoulder Pain

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Neck pains tell us a lot about ourselves: how we sit, stand, sleep and how we keep our head position while at work. Many people suffer from the so-called forward head carriage. It causes tightening of the neck and the shoulder muscles, followed shortly by pain. The culprit to this wrong muscle memory is our modern lifestyle and work habits: too many screens in front of us, too long driving hours, poor posture.

To illustrate how this works, imagine you put a baseball bat on the floor to stand vertically, then put an orange on its top. If you slightly lean the orange and the bat forward, they will fall forward. To to keep the construction in the vertical position without falling, a string is needed to attach the orange to the bat, and bat to the ground.

The bat represents your spine, and the string that connects orange to the bat is your neck and shoulder muscles around it. The string that connects bat to the ground, are the upper- and lower-back muscles.

When you sit straight and bend your head forward to do something, spinal muscles will pull your head backwards from the pelvic, all the way along the spine to the base of the skull, so you can suspend your head at any position without falling forward. 


The same problem occurs in an upright, standing position; if you bend forward to perform a task, the back part of legs and pelvic muscles must pull your upper body to maintain this position. The more you bend forward, or lift heavier weights, your hip and leg muscles will strain more.

Most doctors and practitioners tend to overlook muscle-related problems because they are never picked up by MRI, CT scan, X-ray and Ultrasound. Even though you undoubtedly suffer from neck and shoulder pain, you end up taking medications.

Occupations at risk are many: dentists, artists, cyclists, computer operators, accountants, musicians, fast-growing teenagers, any manual labourer. Some sports are also at increased risk.

Regular chiropractic adjustments with DTMT might reduce wrong muscle memory in your shoulder and neck, then increase the flexibility of joints. Both will reduce pain and expedite healing.

Leg Pain and Knee Pain

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If you suffer from leg pain, frequent leg cramp (sometimes all of a sudden), weakness when walking and also experience knee pain, ask yourself: how often you have been stretching your leg muscles?

Some people think leg pain, or leg weakness, comes from the weak leg muscles, and that the exercise will strengthen them. That is not true however. It is muscle tightness in your leg that produces muscle weakness. It causes cramps and knee pain by compressing the nerves, which also radiate pain to the knee and ankle joint.

Picture this: you climb up the mountain, or walk very long distances for the first time after a long time of inactivity. The next day you find your leg muscles hurting, and yourself weak due to a sudden overuse of your leg muscles.
Most of us tend to think “I never go to mountains, never walk long distances so I never overuse my muscle”, forgetting you have been walking and standing every single day after you were born.

Whenever you walk, your muscle exercises, and continuous stress on the muscle leads to muscle tightness which accumulates. After a while, you develop muscle cramps and pain in joints grows. Worst thing to think in that moment is that you do not exercise enough, simply because in your mind you separate dedicated exercise from daily operation of your body with is also exercise.

Of course you can always moderately exercise. Stretching before and after then exercise is good for you; without stretching (or warming up), you will harm your body more. For instance, if you regularly play golf or tennis, what will happen to your joint? Your joint will go through continuous wear and tear, and very quickly, because you are using them more than people who do not play that sport. That is why you need to do stretching, yet unfortunately, stretching of your muscle on your own reaps limited results because you are able to stretch only the superficial layer of longer muscles.

 

Trigger Finger (Locked Finger)

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This condition generally gives you a trigger feeling — stiffness and pain when you open your hand, but it often does not give you much problem on closing hand. Condition can be very common in population which uses (some of the) fingers in repetitive movements for many years. For example: hair dressers, masseurs, cleaners, musicians, also sports players.

Back Pain or Sciatic Pain

No amount of pain-killers will remedy those. If you are seriously suffering from back or sciatic pains, then you should stop any exercise for the time being, stop consuming pain-killers, and you should try to see your chiropractor and ask for an advice.

It is imperative that you start treatments as soon as possible. Back pain can be muscular with joint fixation. But can it be disc related condition. The latter can lead to tingling sensations, then numbness, weakness and pain.

In my experience as a chiropractor, I found many sciatic and back pains come from muscle spasm of hip and leg. Thus get it fixed before these suffering muscles cause you more severe problems.

Chiropractic treatment of the spine (where needed) and deep tissue treatment will help by remedying muscle and joint tension very effectively.