This includes conditions such as frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis), tennis or golfer elbow (lateral or medial epicondylitis), shoulder or ACJ impingement, rotator cuff strains, tendonitis, repetitive strain injury and carpal tunnel syndrome.
A lot of these conditions originate from our ‘western’ lifestyle and posture, plus lack of movement.
Assessing and diagnosing the correct problem is key to directing the techniques to key areas. For example, understanding that usually lateral and medial epicondylitis occur because of our pectoral (chest) muscles being tight from poor posture means that we will work holistically to improve not only the tissues causing pain at the elbow, but also the shoulder biomechanics as well as the neck and upper back.
The combination of poor posture, lack of strength in our bodies and repetitive over strain from using a mouse or keyboard, or a sport which you are not conditioned for can lead to development of these problems.
Advice would be given to help improve posture and to help reduce inflammation at the elbow such as a cold compress and stretches which may help improve healing of the tissues.
Whilst osteopathy will help you with diagnosis of your upper limb conditions, massage is often very helpful to work on tight tissues which mean breaking out of bad postural habits is easier. Muscular tension due to poor posture such as sitting all day at your desk is very common and often a precursor to other musculoskeletal conditions.