Sadly our bodies are not infallible and we all are more prone to the odd ache and pain with older tissues in our body. In the second part of a this series, we focus on an age old nuisance.
Similar to the Achilles, our tendon can change in quality over time. Imagine the difference between a soft tender piece of fresh steak or an over-cooked piece of old goat! Both are meat but the quality of the tissue is quite different. Tissue changes can lead to irritation of where the tendon joins the elbow bone. This is commonly called tennis elbow and is typically triggered by lots of gripping, lifting and carrying activity.
There’s no need to be stuck with it! Specific graded strengthening exercises have been shown to make a long term difference to these symptoms. Other treatments such as acupuncture can also help. Stretches for these muscles are also good to do. One of the keys to avoiding this problem is that spring comes and suddenly we spend hours on end in the garden transforming our little piece of paradise for the year.
So take it easy. Build up slowly and gradually. And hopefully you’ll avoid the tissues complaining of the sudden changes in demands put upon them.
May your retirement be active, healthy and well. Look after your body and it will serve you for years to come.