Hi, I'm Doctor Jo, a licensed Physical Therapist and Doctor of Physical Therapy. I hope you enjoy my video demos of stretches & exercises for common injuries and syndromes. If you have a question, just ask! Be safe. Have fun. And I hope you feel better soon.

Elbow Pain Relief, Featuring Nick from NoWayAsWay

Elbow pain often comes from repetitive movements and can come in many forms like tennis elbow, golfers elbow, or like my friend Nic, card thrower's elbow! Nick has a YouTube channel called NoWayAsWay, and he's a card thrower and does some pretty crazy card tricks. He often gets pain in his elbow and wrists. 

Here are some stretches and exercises to help with elbow and wrist pain.

Starting with stretching, put your arm straight out in front of you. With your palm down, bend your wrist down with overpressure from your other hand. If this is not enough of a stretch, curl your fingers into a fist and do the same stretch. Now with your palm down and making a fist, bend your wrist up with overpressure from your other hand. If this is not enough of a stretch, open up your fingers pointing them in the air and do the same stretch. Hold these for 30 seconds, and do three of them each way. You can alternate back and forth with these.

Now grab a hammer or something that is top heavy to give you an extra stretch with overpressure. You will do your supination and pronation now with the hammer. Do ten of these.

Next you will use a resistive band for some strengthening exercises. You can prop your arm on a table and let your wrist hand off or you can hold it up in the air. Make a fist with your hand with your palm down holding onto the band that is anchored at your foot. At your wrist, bend your wrist up to work the muscles in extension, and then bend it down to stretch the muscles in flexion. Then you will turn your hand over with your palm up. Slowly pull the band upward only moving your wrist, and then come back down. Now hold the resistive band in your hands with your thumbs inwards facing each other, and put some tension on the band. Turn your wrist outward away from the other hand and slowly come back in. Start with ten of each of these.

Roll up a towel, use a foam roll, or ball and squeeze in your hands. Hold the squeeze for 3-5 seconds and do ten of these. Then take a rubber band and put it around all of your fingers. Open up your hand moving all of your fingers outwards, and slowly come back in. Start with 10 and then work your way up.

The last ones will be soft tissue mobilization of the painful area. You can use a massage cream or lotion, but you don’t have to. Start off by pushing very lightly and make small circles directly over the scar. Then you can go up and down and side to side. Once you have done that about a minute, you can start pushing harder. 

Finally, you can do an ice massage to the area. You do not want to do an ice massage for more than 6-8 minutes so the ice doesn't irritate the skin. You will start off with a circular motion gently around the area. It will sting, burn, and then go numb. Once the area goes numb, you can push a little harder and massage the area. This can be done several times a day.

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Tennis Elbow Stretches & Exercises

Golfer's Elbow Stretches & Exercises

Using Far Infrared Heat for Pain Relief

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The Thermotex Platinum is a highly versatile far infrared therapeutic device. It has 3 heat inserts, to easily mold and adapt to almost any body part including the upper and lower back, shoulder, hamstrings, abdomen, arms, legs, and feet.

It's also great for providing relief from:

  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Joint pain associated with arthritis
  • Muscle spasms
  • Sprains & strains
  • Inflammation

After just 20 minutes of use, the Thermotex Platinum's infrared wavelengths penetrate up to 2.36 inches into the applied area. This results in an increase in blood flow, which can help enhance healing and pain relief.

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5 Ways to Relieve Peripheral Neuropathy Foot Pain & Other Foot Ailments

5 Ways to Relieve Wrist Pain

Cush Cushion Review

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The Cush cushion by Cush Comfort is a really nice memory foam cushion that can help with general bum comfort, coccyx pain, back pain, and proper posture. It has a cut out in the back for maximum comfort.

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The Cush Cushion is available in two sizes: the standard and the extended. Both offer the same ergonomic shape that easily adapts to your own bum for maximum support and comfort.

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It's made of a high-quality memory foam that is just the right combination of firm and soft.

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Cush Comfort Standing Mat Review

Herniated Disc Exercises & Stretches

Tandem Stance Head Movement Side to Side

Looking for a great way to help work on balance? Try the Tandem stance with head movements side to side. Just make sure you stand next to something sturdy in case you need to steady yourself.

To perform the Tandem stance head movement side to side:

  1. Stand next to something sturdy for balance.

  2. Place one foot directly in front of the other like you are standing on a tight rope. While balancing, move your head from side to side, and then switch feet.

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Swiss Ball - Prayer Core Plank

Looking for a great way to help strengthen your core? Try a prayer core plank on a swiss ball.

To perform the prayer core plank on a swiss ball:

  1. Kneel down in front of the ball and place your elbows on the ball in a prayer position.

  2. Roll the ball out with your elbows where your body is at an angle tucking in your bottom, and hold it.

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