Tennis Elbow, also known as lateral epicondylitis, is most commonly caused by repetitive stress and or weakness of the extensor carpi radialis brevis muscle. Pain or tenderness is local to the outside of the elbow but can move down the forearm and into the hand.
Tennis elbow heals faster with deep tissue massage therapy and enough rest. Rubbing the tendons and applying the right amount of pressure will increase blood flow to your elbow and help the muscles to relax so that they can heal faster.
Yes, it is usually necessary to make an appointment for massage therapy. We operate on a schedule and appointment-based system, so booking in advance ensures you can get the date, time, and therapist that you prefer. It’s best to call or check online for scheduling and availability and to arrive on time for your appointment to ensure an entire session.
Some side effects can happen when you get a massage. Usually, people feel sore, bruised, or tired afterward. But sometimes people faint, feel dizzy or have pain where they were massaged. If any of these things happen during your massage, stop the massage and tell your massage therapist right away.
On arrival, one of our expert staff members will help assess your health and history. We work together with you to determine the best treatment schedule.
You should visit a physiotherapist if your pain is mechanical. Also, other reasons you may choose to attend a physical therapy session include when the pain is not going away, the pain has severely affected movement, or it prevents you from sporting activities. Any of these reasons show that it is time to see a physiotherapist.
In Alberta, physiotherapists are considered primary care providers, so you can see a private one without requiring your doctor’s referral.
However, your physician will likely refer you to a physiotherapist for post-surgery recovery or an extended medical issue needing specialized attention. It is common for physiotherapists to collaborate with other healthcare professionals such as a doctor, occupational therapists and massage therapists to develop an individualized treatment plan for you.
In addition, if your private health insurance covers physiotherapy, you may need to provide a doctor’s referral for the insurer to cover the cost of your treatment.
In Alberta, Physiotherapy is not generally covered by Alberta Healthcare. Some physiotherapy sessions may be approved after surgery or fracture in approved clinics- but it is most common for individuals to pay out of pocket for treatment. Unfortunately Human Integrated Performance cannot receive payment by Alberta Healthcare. Many employers offer health benefits that cover physiotherapy services, which Human Integrated Performance provides direct billing options for. Chat with our front desk to learn more about your coverage and billing options.