The answer to preventing summer injuries!


Help for elbow painThe warm summer months are finally here in Chicago, woohooo! Are you glad to do the things you look forward to all winter long. Like gardening, picnics, the beach and playing tennis. 

These activities can also bring with them injuries that can stop you on your tracks from enjoying the summer fun. You’re achy in the knees, bottom of your feet, legs, wrist, shoulders and even your back.

One reason this could be happening is muscular imbalances and there compensating patterns. Ask yourself this, are my muscles ready and able?

If you have constant or chronic neck/shoulder tension a stiff neck these can lead to faulty mechanics throughout the year and don’t just go away with the summer. When you bring in new activities you strain those muscles even more. If they go untreated they cause excessive wear to the skeletal system, muscles, and tendons and ligaments.

I recently had a client come in after playing her first round of tennis for the summer and during the session was surprised at being sore and stiff after playing one time. During her assessment we found her shoulders stiff and tender from serving. She also was experiencing pain to the touch on the outside of her elbow. After treatment she felt significant better with no symptoms. More and more people are discovering what Neuromuscular Therapy can do catching it early is the key. 

What to look for; the signs and symptoms of tennis elbow
•Pain about 1-2 cm down from bony area at the outside of the elbow
•Weakness in the wrist with difficulty doing simple tasks such as opening a door handle or shaking hands with someone.
•Pain on the outside of the elbow when the hand is bent back (extended) at the wrist against resistance.
•Pain on the outside of the elbow when trying to straighten the fingers against resistance.
•Pain when pressing  just below the outside of the elbow..

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“Elite Care Leads To Effective Muscle Recovery”
Mara Nicandro NMT, Nctmb
www.mara.iwantamassage.com
My practice is located in the Wicker Park Neighborhood of Chicago

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