Month: October 2018

De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis

Effective De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises and how to treat the condition

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is a painful condition that affects the tendons connecting the thumb to the wrist. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis can develop for many reasons and if left untreated, it can start to affect other areas of the arm, including your thumb and forearm. Powerball is a highly-effective rehabilitation and strengthening device that works to combat and treat De Quervain’s tenosynovitis at its source. Instantly relieve pain and soothe and repair inflammation caused by this condition simply by spinning Powerball. Kick start your healing process today by supplementing De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises with Powerball and get back to enjoying a healthy and pain-free lifestyle once more.

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What is De Quervain’s tenosynovitis?

De Quervain’s tenosynovitis occurs when the tendons running between the thumb and the wrist become irritated and inflamed. These inflamed tendons then rub against the narrow tunnel that surrounds them, causing pain where the thumb meets the wrist. The swollen tendons can also put pressure on surrounding nerves, which may further aggravate the pain. De Quervain’s tenosynovitis may occur suddenly or develop gradually. In either case, you may find it difficult or painful to move your thumb or wrist, particularly when you try to make a grasping or pinching movement.

Symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

The symptoms De Quervain’s tenosynovitis include:

  • Swelling or inflammation near the base of your thumb
  • Difficulty making a fist
  • Difficulty when making grasping/pinching movements
  • Pain where the thumb meets the wrist
  • Reduced grip strength
  • Hearing or feeling a ‘sticking’ or ‘creaking’ as your tendons move

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Causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Although the exact cause of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is still relatively unknown, any activity or repetitive wrist movements will likely make it worse. Constant overuse of the tendons in the wrist will cause them to become irritated and later, inflamed. Even simple movements, such as typing, using a computer mouse, gardening, driving or repetitive work tasks, when repeated day in, day out, are enough to bring on this condition. Hobbies that require a strong grip and lots of repetitive movements, such as racket sports, can also cause De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. The condition has even been nicknamed “Gamer’s Thumb”, due to the fact that it also affects many video game players. But it’s not just repetitive actions that can irritate your tendons, a sudden harsh impact caused by injury can also cause this painful condition.

While anyone can get De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, it is 8 to 10 times more likely to occur in women than men, particularly women with young children. This could be linked with the repeated pressure applied to your wrist and thumb as you lift up your child. It is important to treat this condition accurately and with care, and therefore it is recommended that you seek professional advice before trying out various De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises or other treatment methods.

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Treatment & De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises

The goal when treating De Quervain’s tenosynovitis is to cure any inflammation and pain in the wrist and prevent the condition from reoccurring again in the future. While surgery is an option for treating De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, it is only ever recommended as a last resort. Before it comes to that, there are a couple of other treatment options available to you:

Powerball for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis

Powerball is a revolutionary device for rehabilitation and is highly-effective in the treatment of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. At the size of a tennis ball, Powerball fits securely and comfortably in your hand. Very little grip strength is required to spin Powerball at slow speeds, so you can use this product even if you cannot fully grasp the ball due to pain in the wrist or thumb. What’s more, it takes very little effort to start Powerball. If you are a first-time user of Powerball, we recommend starting off with one of our Autostart models. To start Autostart Powerball, simply wind the rotor back a couple of turns and release. This is quite easy to do, however, if you are experiencing severe pain in your thumb/wrist, you can also roll Powerball across a flat table to get it started. See here for more information on how to start your Powerball or watch the video below.

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Boost circulation

As you spin Powerball, it generates a unique form of isometric resistance. This resistance runs along the entire kinetic chain of your arm, working deep into the tissue of sore muscles and tendons. The wrist movements required to spin Powerball, even at slow speeds massively increase circulation throughout the entire upper body.

This increase in circulation carries oxygen-rich nutrients to inflamed tendons in the wrist, where they immediately soothe pain and start to repair any damaged or swollen tissue. There is nothing (absolutely nothing) that will bring relief and recovery from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis faster than an increase in circulation will. Damaged and inflamed tendons of the thumb and wrist sit at the root of this debilitating condition and by boosting blood flow to this area, Powerball quickly and efficiently begins to relieve the symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis.

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Non-impact De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises

Isometric resistance is 100% non-impact, meaning it doesn’t place any strain on sore or inflamed tendons. Instead, spinning Powerball soothes and relieves pain from inflammation, rehabilitating and rejuvenating tendons fast and effectively for long-term treatment results.

Strengthen as you recover

At the start of your recovery, it is important to spin Powerball at slow and gentle spin speeds. A low level of resistance will act quickly to relieve pain, ease inflammation and repair tendon tissue. Spin Powerball for as little as 3 minutes a day and start to see the incredible results within only a short period of time. As you start to feel the symptoms of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis fade, you can gradually increase your Powerball spin speed. As you do, Powerball’s isometric resistance will begin to strengthen weak tendons as they rehabilitate. Continue to take your recovery one day at a time and steadily build your spin speed until you have fully recovered.

Even with a world-class rehabilitation device like Powerball in your hand, the recovery process will still take some time. While Powerball is proven to reduce rehabilitation times, it is important to take your treatment slow and never over-exert yourself. Spinning Powerball at higher speeds or doing any De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises before your body is ready, may slow down your recovery or worsen your condition.

Long term prevention with Powerball

We highly recommend that you continue to use Powerball even after the recovery period is over. By not maintaining tendon and muscle strength, you risk De Quervain’s tenosynovitis reoccurring, particularly if you continue to repeat the actions which may have caused it to develop in the first place. Regular strength training with Powerball will ensure that your muscles and tendons remain strong and supple long after you have recovered from your injury. Using Powerball for just 5 minutes each day maintains joint health and muscle shape, which will actively prevent the reoccurrence of injury. Get back to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle with Powerball.

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Other recommended treatment for De Quervain’s tenosynovitis
  • Medications – Over-the-counter pain killers, such as ibuprofen, can help to relieve the swelling.
  • De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises and stretches – Your physical therapist will most likely recommend certain exercises to help you regain strength in your wrist and thumb. Combine Powerball with De Quervain’s tenosynovitis exercises to strengthen while you rehabilitate and help speed recovery times.
  • Ice – Ice packs are great to help reduce inflammation. It is extremely important to rest the wrist with ice if swelling and extreme pain are present.
  • Wear a splint – Your physical therapist might recommend wearing a splint to help you avoid moving your wrist and thumb for a couple of weeks.
  • Take a break – Resting from the causes of De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, such as impact sports and repetitive movements (e.g. typing, using a computer mouse, driving, etc.) will speed up recovery times and reduce the risk of worsening the injury or allowing it to reoccur.
  • Steroid injections – Your doctor may recommend getting steroid injections or using a local anaesthetic to numb the pain. These injections can often be very beneficial if you are in the early stages of your condition.
  • Surgery – Your doctor may recommend surgery to help you to recover from De Quervain’s tenosynovitis. In most cases, it will take longer to recover from surgery and it should only ever be considered as a last resort and after you have tried other, less severe methods of rehabilitation.

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Post-surgery rehabilitation

Should you decide to undergo surgery in order to treat your De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, it is important to be aware of the rest and recovery time needed after your procedure. After surgery, the tendons and muscles in your wrist will be weak. Exercise with Powerball will help to strengthen your wrists from the beginning of your recovery period right up to the end and beyond. Start at slow spin speeds and as you gain your strength back, gradually increase the spin speed. Regular strength training with Powerball keeps your muscles and tendons in top shape, while also maintaining joint health, so you need not worry about your De Quervain’s tenosynovitis returning again.

What does the physical therapist recommend?

Colm Murphy is an IAPT physical therapist, lecturer in anatomy, and professional tennis coach. Colm is an expert in rehabilitation, musculoskeletal anatomy and analysis and works closely with elite level athletes. Colm designed our rehabilitation & strengthening programmes, which you can find on our videos page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhL9zvj4mZM

Videos

Powerball Gyroscope – How it works

With over 4 million sold worldwide, Powerball is the world’s number one gyroscope. Inside the shell of a Powerball is a rotor (green wheel), which spins on an axis. As the rotor spins, it creates resistance, which pushes against your efforts to spin Powerball. The faster you spin Powerball, the more resistance it creates and the harder it becomes to spin. This resistance is non-impact and 100% isometric, making it perfect for rehabilitation and strengthening.

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Cure and prevent De Quervain’s tenosynovitis today, simply by spinning Powerball. Check out our online store to see the range of models available and choose the right one for you.

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DE QUERVAINS TENOSYNIVITIS
CAUSING WEAKNESS & PAIN FOR YOUR DRUMMING?
PROBLEM SOLVED.

“I’m a drummer who was suffering with De Quervains Tenosynivitis. Since I started using Powerball®, I have found that my symptoms have dramatically improved. Not only has it been a huge help to me when playing the drums, but in every day situations at work, I notice a huge difference in the way my wrists feel.

While drumming before I started using Powerball® my wrists would feel tired and give me a numb/pins & needles sensation from my wrist to the end of my thumb, leading me to believe I might drop my drumsticks. Since I started warming up with Powerball® before I practice, however, all tiredness and tingling have disappeared. I’m so happy I purchased this product.”

Emily Jacklin, Lincolnshire, UK

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Improve Drumstick Grip & Build Drum Endurance with Powerball

An Interview with Professional Drummer, Peter Precious

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Whether beginner or pro, every drummer knows that playing the drums is about more than just making music – it’s an active workout for the entire body. From your feet all the way up to your shoulders, almost all of your limbs are engaged when you play the drums. Using your fingers to roll on the snare, flicking your wrist to hit the toms or raising your arm to smash a cymbal – drumming can be an intense and tiring workout for players of all levels.

But as every serious drummer knows, keeping your muscles and joints in top shape is the key to any great performance. Flexible and healthy joints allow for increased mobility around the kit, while strong muscles and a powerful drumstick grip increase drum endurance – meaning you can play better for longer.

Play harder, play better, play longer with Powerball

Powerball is a revolutionary device for strengthening and a must-have product for all drummers. Spin Powerball at high speeds and feel its incredible effects take action almost immediately.

Powerball generates isometric resistance as you spin it. The faster you spin Powerball, the more isometric resistance it creates. This resistance works its way along the entire kinetic chain of your arm, actively strengthening your muscles and joints to leave them feeling rejuvenated and strong. Isometric exercise engages a higher percentage of muscle fibres than traditional strength training and as a result, using Powerball massively increases endurance levels throughout the entire upper-body. Enhanced endurance means your muscles won’t tire as quickly, allowing you to keep up those drum grooves for longer.

What’s more, the gripping action required to spin Powerball trains your fingers for a powerful, more improved grip – exactly what a drummer needs to maintain a firm and controlled drumstick grip.

Hand, wrist or forearm pain when drumming?

Long nights spent performing, tiresome days in the recording studio and hours upon hours of practicing all add up. Because playing the drums can be such an intense and exhausting workout, drummers are often at risk of incurring an injury from over-practicing.

Repetitive strain injuries (RSI) are actually a very common problem that affects many musicians within the drumming community. Unfortunately however, this issue has gone relatively unpublicised and as a result, not everyone is getting the appropriate treatment that they need. 

As an activity, drumming is a prime example of muscle overuse. Whether you’re just playing a single groove or an entire song, with drumming, your fingers, wrists, hands and arms are most likely all carrying out the same movements on repeat. Overusing the same set of muscles in this way causes irritation, discomfort and more often than not, pain in the muscles and joints. If left untreated, this could lead to the development of a debilitating RSI, which may impact your ability to play.

Rehabilitation made simple with Powerball

Not only is Powerball a world-class strengthening device, it is also highly-effective for rehabilitation. Spinning Powerball at slow speeds increases the flow of oxygen-rich nutrients to damaged muscle tissue, where they target and treat pain at its source. As these nutrients begin to repair the muscle tissue, the movement required to spin Powerball actively strengthens the surrounding muscle and joint, greatly speeding up the healing process.

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Powerball’s isometric resistance is 100% non-impact, meaning it places no strain on injured or sore muscles. Instead, it gently soothes inflammation, relieving pain and healing for fast and effective, long-term treatment.

Simply by spinning Powerball for just a few minutes each day can successfully rehabilitate RSI, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendinitis and tennis elbow. Pick up a Powerball today and enjoy the benefits of an active and pain-free lifestyle.

Body armour for your hands, wrists and arms​

What’s more, regular exercise with Powerball is proven to significantly lower the chances of sustaining an injury, such as an RSI. Powerball trains your upper-body limbs, strengthening and effectively combating any form of muscle overuse or strain. Keep Powerball by your drum kit and give it quick spin during practice breaks to keep your muscles and joints healthy, flexible and strong. Just some of the advantages you can gain from regular exercise with Powerball:

  • build muscles in the arms, shoulders & hands
  • boost drum endurance & playing stamina
  • increase joint mobility & flexibility
  • enhance drumstick grip
  • cure & prevent drumming-related RSI

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Spin Powerball at high speeds for as little as 5 minutes each day and experience the difference for yourself. Don’t believe us? We chatted with professional drummer, Peter Precious, about his experience using Powerball.

Peter is a U.K.-based musician with an impressive 40+ years of drumming experience. We were delighted to have the chance to get some insight on the life of a professional drummer and his thoughts on Powerball. (Unsurprisingly, Peter found Powerball to be very beneficial for his drumming!) You can check out Peter’s full interview below:

What were your early passions or influences that got you into playing the drums in the first place? Buddy Rich, the great Jazz Drummer and Keith Moon, the great Rock Drummer.

Most people just keep their passion for music as a hobby, why did you decide to play the drums professionally? It was a complete love for the instrument, and realising that this was the only career that I wanted to be involved in.

As a professional player, roughly how many hours do you put into practicing the drums every day? At least one hour per day.

As a drummer myself, I know how difficult it can sometimes be to actually sit down and practice the same fill or rhythm over and over again until you get it right. What are your thoughts on an effective practice routine? Slow down any difficult exercise, and note the tempo that you can manage to perform the exercise accurately, and then gradually increase the tempo in increments of 5/10 BPM. Remember slow and accurate is always better than attempting in a faster and inaccurate manner. Spend some time practising some warm up exercises on a Practice Pad, such as essential Rudiments e.g. Single Strokes, Double Strokes and Paradiddles, and also try to engage in reading/performing a variety of Snare Drum Rhythm exercises on the Practice Pad.

 

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What many people don’t realise is that drumming is actually an intense workout, not just for your arms and wrists, but for your whole body in general. In order to be able to fully expand on your drumming technique, you’ve got to be physically in shape! So, other than drumming itself, do you do any special exercises or training to keep your wrists and arms in top condition? Yes, I keep fit with running on a treadmill, using a crosstrainer and also using light weights. I also use Powerball, which I have found has improved my stamina and endurance levels. I also practice daily technique exercises focusing on stamina and endurance to keep myself in shape.

 

In your opinion, how important is it for a drummer to supplement their playing with some form of strength or warm-up training? I think warm up/technique exercises such as practising Rudiments are essential and I would always encourage students to learn to read music. It is like learning a language that allows you to express yourself more effectively on the drum set.

I know that you’ve recently started using Powerball and have been busy spinning our Diablo Evo model. What were your thoughts on the product when you first used it? Initially it took me a little time to get used to Powerball, but I soon learned the technique by watching the video demonstrations online.

 

Have you found Powerball to be beneficial for your drumming in any way? Yes I have noticed that my forearm, wrist and finger strength has improved and I have therefore improved my stamina and endurance and can play a little faster. 

Powerball is also ideal for guitarists, bass players and pianists – really any musician whose instrument requires a lot of wrist, arm and finger movement. Have you shown Diablo Evo to your students or any other musicians? Yes, I have shown it to other musicians and students who certainly showed an interest.

And finally, I think it’s fair to say that even as an established drummer there must always be aspects of your technique that you might wish to refine or improve on – do you have any personal drumming goals that you would like to achieve in the future? I am always looking to further my playing to refine and improve my technique ability as a performer, busy teacher and examiner for London College of Music.

Get spinning today with Powerball. Check out the selection of models available in our store or see the Compare Powerballs’ section below to find the right model for you.


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We’d like to say a big thank you to Peter Precious for taking the time to give us an interview and for his feedback on Powerball.

Combat & Cure Climber’s Elbow with Powerball

Climber’s Elbow Treatment Made Simple

Climber’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a form of tendinosis that affects the tendons in the elbow. Even though it is more commonly known as golfer’s elbow, medial epicondylitis affects many more climber’s than it does golf players. Climber’s elbow develops from weak tendons in the elbow and may become painful when climbing or at rest. Powerball is a highly-effective device for rehabilitation and strengthening and when used on a regular basis, it is enough to significantly reduce pain caused by climber’s elbow. Not only that, Powerball will help you to quickly and effectively rehabilitate this condition and will prevent symptoms from reoccurring once you’ve recovered.

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What is Climber’s Elbow?

Climber’s elbow (or medial epicondylitis) is a condition affecting the medial epicondyle (the small, bony lump on the inside of your elbow). If it is your lateral epicondyle (the small, bony lump on the outside of your elbow) which is affected, then you may be suffering from tennis elbow. (See here for more information on how Powerball can help rehabilitate tennis elbow.) Climber’s elbow may occur at any time. Usually it will appear as a dull pain in the elbow, which can be mistaken for overexertion after a long day of climbing. However, if this pain continues to occur and is also brought on by activities other than climbing, it may be the beginnings of climber’s elbow. As climber’s elbow develops gradually and does not usually cause swelling or inflammation, it can sometimes be difficult to diagnose. It is recommended that you seek medical advice if you think you may have climber’s elbow.

What Causes Climber’s Elbow?

Climber’s elbow may occur at any time however, it is usually a sudden increase in training that may cause it to first develop. As they have greater access to blood supply, your muscles are able to keep up with a more strenuous training regime, but your tendons are not as adaptable and so, are left comparatively weaker. As a result, your tendons are more prone to damage and degeneration as you continue to train. Microscopic tears can begin to appear on the tendons as they become more and more strained. Regular and more demanding training sessions leave no time for the tendons to heal properly and as the micro tears grow, you are eventually faced with the full discomfort of climber’s elbow.

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Powerball for Climber’s Elbow

Powerball is a physician-approved rehabilitation device recommended by both physiotherapists and sports injury professionals. Used by millions of athletes all around the world, Powerball is the ideal device to help you rehabilitate and recover from climber’s elbow. As you spin Powerball, it generates a unique form of isometric resistance. This resistance boosts circulation along the entire kinetic chain of the arm, increasing the flow of oxygen-rich nutrients to damaged areas, such as the affected medial tendons in the elbow. These nutrients directly target any tears in the tendons and act quickly to relieve pain and repair damage. Exercise with Powerball for just 3 minutes a day and each time you do, you’ll notice the immediate, healing benefits of this incredible gyroscope.

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Non-impact Rehabilitation

Isotonic or concentric exercises (e.g. lifting weights) are usually recommended to treat and rehabilitate climber’s elbow. While these types of exercises can be beneficial, the benefits of using Powerball are unlike those of any other rehabilitative exercise.

Unlike conventional isotonic training, resistance exercise with Powerball is fully isometric. Isometric exercise engages are far higher percentage of muscle fibres than isotonic training does, allowing muscles and tendons to strengthen as they recover. This makes for much more effective, long-term rehabilitation results. What’s more, Powerball’s isometric resistance is 100% non-impact meaning it places absolutely zero additional pressure or strain on sore or damaged tendons.

Reduce Stiffness Caused by Climber’s Elbow

Spinning Powerball at gentle speeds on a regular basis will enable you to gradually increase the range of motion (circumduction) of your elbow joint. Improved flexibility and mobility in the elbow may not get you back on the climbing wall straight away, however it will massively benefit the rehabilitation of your climber’s elbow and help to speed up the recovery process. As you spin Powerball it promotes the production of synovial fluid, which also helps to lubricate the elbow joint and alleviate any stiffness that may have developed as a result of your condition. Even from the very first use of Powerball, you can feel the difference as muscle stiffness and tendon pain starts to break down in the elbow joint.

Strengthen As You Recover

Powerball’s dual combination of strengthening and rehabilitation is what sets it apart from other rehabilitation devices. Powerball gently repairs damaged tenon tissue as you spin it at slow and gentle speeds. And as you progress in your recovery, you can gradually increase the speed of Powerball. As you increase the speed, you are also increasing the amount of resistance that Powerball generates. This resistance slowly strengthens your muscles and tendons as you rehabilitate, not only speeding up the healing process, but ensuring for long-lasting treatment results.

Prevent Climber’s Elbow from Reoccuring

Since Powerball strengthens as you rehabilitate, your muscles and tendons will be left strong, supple and rejuvenated once you have recovered from climber’s elbow. For this reason, it is important to continue to train with Powerball on a regular basis even after you have finished treatment. Continue to spin Powerball for just 5 minutes each day to maintain joint health and keep your muscles and tendons in top shape. Whether you’re at home, at work or climbing up the side of a mountain, Powerball keeps you strong, healthy and pain-free, so you never need to worry about climber’s elbow again.

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Other Recommended Climber’s Elbow Treatment

Take a break from the causes of climber’s elbow. This may just involve taking time away from the climbing wall, but you may also need to rest from other activities, such as other impact sports and repetitive movements (e.g. typing, using a computer mouse, driving, etc.) Taking sufficient time to rest will speed up recovery times and reduce the risk of worsening the injury or allowing it to reoccur.

Supplement regular Powerball use with frequent stretching exercises. It is recommended that you seek the advice of a physical therapist or doctor for information and guidelines on the type of exercises suitable for treating climber’s elbow. Remember: always take care not to over-exert yourself when doing stretching exercises or training with Powerball. It is important to always perform these exercises with low resistance, especially at the beginning.

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What does the Physical Therapist Recommend?

Colm Murphy is an IAPT physical therapist, lecturer in anatomy, and professional tennis coach. Colm is an expert in rehabilitation, musculoskeletal anatomy and analysis and works closely with elite level athletes. Colm designed our rehabilitation & strengthening programmes, which you can find on our videos page.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhL9zvj4mZM

Tendinosis vs. Tendonitis

It is important to know the difference between tendinosis and tendinitis. Climber’s elbow is a form of tendinosis, a condition which causes tendons to degenerate when they heal incorrectly or are not left with sufficient time to recover. Tendinitis on the other hand, such as RSI (repetitive strain injuries) like tennis elbow and carpal tunnel syndrome are generally caused by overuse of the tendons. While tendinitis usually takes a couple of weeks to heal, tendinosis is much more serious and can often take a lot longer to recover from.

Because of this, climber’s elbow is not something that will just go away with ice and rest. Since climber’s elbow is caused by poorly-healing tendons, you need to be much more proactive in your recovery. Tendons are made of collagen and so, you also need to take enough time for the body to make more collagen in order for it to repair the damaged tendons. Using Powerball rapidly speeds up treatment times by boosting circulation to the tendons in the elbow. Experience the benefits for yourself – spin Powerball to cut recovery times and get back onto the climbing wall in no time.

Tennis Elbow vs. Climber’s Elbow

Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is a common type of tendonitis that affects the lateral elbow tendons. While the symptoms of tennis elbow can be similar to those of climber’s elbow, tennis elbow affects the tendons on the outside of the elbow joint, while climber’s elbow affects those on the inside part. Also unlike climber’s elbow, tennis elbow is caused by overuse of the tendons. When constant repetitive movements are carried out over a long period of time, the lateral elbow tendons become irritated and inflamed.

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Sports that require an intense gripping action as you swing your arm, such as, tennis, lifting weights or fencing, are the most common causes of the condition. However, carrying out simple daily tasks such as, driving, typing, lifting heavy objects or even knitting, can also cause tennis elbow to develop. While tennis elbow is much easier to treat than climber’s elbow, it is still recommended that you seek medical advice in order to confirm which condition you might be suffering from. Treatment for both conditions are quite different and you risk making your condition worse if you don’t follow the correct course of treatment. Powerball is highly-effective for treating both tennis elbow and climber’s elbow. For more information on how Powerball can help you to rehabilitate tennis elbow, see here.

Powerball gyroscope – How it works

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With over 4 million sold worldwide, Powerball is the world’s number one gyroscope. Inside the shell of a Powerball is a rotor (green wheel), which spins on an axis. As the rotor spins, it creates resistance, which pushes against your efforts to spin Powerball. The faster you spin Powerball, the more resistance it creates and the harder it becomes to spin. This resistance is non-impact and 100% isometric, making Powerball the perfect device for rehabilitation and strengthening.

Whether you’re using Powerball to rehabilitate an existing injury or prevent one from occurring in the future, we have the perfect Powerball for you. Click on the button below to check out our online store and see the wide range of models available. 


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GOLFER’S/CLIMBER’S ELBOW TROUBLES? POWERBALL IT AWAY.

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5-Star Amazon review
★★★★★

“I’ve been suffering with Golfers Elbow for some time and use my Powerball when it gets really uncomfortable, I exercise with Powerball for a couple of minutes then, as if by magic the aches ease away and my arm is trouble free for about a week. No permanent cure yet, but 2 weeks totally rested and filled with Ibuprofen didn’t provide a medical cure either. At least this Powerball gives me around a week of pain relief for a couple of minutes of exercise, and virtually instant too.”

Powerball – For the Fast & Effective Treatment of Chilblains

Chilblains are painful and itchy swelling on the skin that can develop from poor circulation or repeated exposure to cold temperatures. Chilblains usually affect the toes however, it is not uncommon for them to appear on the fingers, ears or other parts of the body. The swelling caused by chilblains can result in serious discomfort and pain for the affected person and can even affect someone’s ability to work or carry out daily tasks. Powerball is a unique handheld gyroscope that is highly-effective at combating chilblains in the fingers and hands. 

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Spin Powerball for just a couple of minutes each day and notice the difference for yourself: Powerball massively boosts circulation to warm up the hands and effectively break down chilblains. Get back to a healthy and pain-free lifestyle today with Powerball.

What are chilblains?

Chilblains (also known as pernio) occur when the small blood vessels in the skin swell due to lack of circulation or repeated exposure to cold temperatures. This swelling can appear on your skin as a red or purple inflammation and can become itchy and/or painful. While chilblains more commonly affect the toes and fingers, on rare occasions they can also be found on the ears or other parts of the body. Chilblains usually fade away themselves over time however, they can be a seasonal reoccurrence for some people. Chilblains can be an uncomfortable and painful nuisance that in some cases may become so severe as to affect everyday life. If a severe case of chilblains is left untreated, the affected areas of skin may eventually split, leaving you open to possible infection. Therefore, it is recommended that you always seek medical advice if you are suffering from a serious form of the condition.

Symptoms

The symptoms of chilblains include:

  • Swollen skin
  • Small itchy areas on your hands or feet
  • Changes in skin colour (often red or purple skin)
  • Pain when moving fingers or toes
  • Reduced flexibility or stiffness in fingers and toes
  • Burning sensation on skin
  • Possible blisters in affected areas

What causes chilblains?

Chilblains are usually a common complaint during winter, as they are brought on by repeated exposure to cold and damp conditions. When the skin is exposed to cool temperatures, the small blood vessels (arterioles) in the fingers and toes can contract. Once the skin is warmed up again, these same blood vessels suddenly expand, causing blood to rush in and become congested in the vessel. This congestion then causes the blood vessel to swell and later become inflamed.

While many people experience cold feet and hands in winter, most will not suffer from chilblains. The reasons why some people develop chilblains and others do not is still relatively unknown. It is thought to be related to an unusual reaction that some people have to cold temperatures and the rewarming of the blood. Older people are particularly susceptible to chilblains, as they are more likely to have reduced circulation. People suffering from anaemia and outdoor workers are also more vulnerable to the condition.

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Another stimulus that may cause chilblains to develop is poor circulation in the hands and feet. Standing or sitting for extended periods of time in cool or damp temperatures will reduce the amount of blood flowing around your body. Once you begin moving again however, circulation will suddenly increase, pushing blood flow to areas like your hands and feet and causing the blood vessels to swell.

A prime example of this is daily computer use. Using a computer mouse requires little to no movement of the hand and fingers. Sitting at a computer for hours at a time means your body is in a static position and circulation levels are low, especially in your fingers which are fixed almost motionless around the computer mouse. The sudden boost in circulation that occurs when you stand up from your computer is enough to massively increase blood flow to your hand and fingers and you risk the blood vessels becoming congested. For this reason, chilblains affect a large number of office workers or those who spend long periods of time at a computer.

Treating Chilblains

The best way to ease the symptoms of chilblains is to avoid or reduce your exposure to cold or damp conditions. If you are subject to the cold however, it is advisable to warm up your hands and feet gradually. Resist applying direct heat to the affected area, as that will most likely cause the skin to warm up too quickly and you risk making your symptoms worse. Try to steadily warm up your hands and feet by placing them under a blanket, for example.

Chilblains treatment: Powerball for healthy hands & fingers

Powerball is a world-class rehabilitation device that is highly-effective for the treatment of chilblains in the hands and fingers. The primary causes of chilblains are repeated exposure to cold temperatures and with poor circulation. Spinning Powerball combats both of these issues by massively increasing circulation and keeping the hands and fingers warm.

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As you spin Powerball, it generates a unique form of isometric resistance. And the faster you spin Powerball, the more isometric resistance it generates. This resistance pushes and fights against your efforts to spin Powerball and in doing so, causes circulation to increase massively along the entire length of your arm, from fingertip to shoulder. Blood is pushed to areas with low levels of circulation, such as your hands and fingers, where it acts fast to warm up the limbs and prevent chilblains from occurring.

The reason why Powerball is so effective in the treatment of chilblains is the fact that it allows you to control the pace at which you increase your circulation. Spinning Powerball at high speeds is enough to significantly warm the hand and fingers. However, since chilblains are caused by too much blood flowing into the blood vessels at once, it is important to spin Powerball at slow speeds first, before gradually building to higher revolutions.

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Think of it like this: you’ve come inside from the cold or maybe you didn’t notice the time pass as you were working on your computer. Either way, your hands and fingers are now cold due to lack of circulation and you can feel discomfort, itchiness or pain building as a result of chilblains.

That’s when you pick up your Powerball. Start by spinning Powerball at slow and gentle speeds. Even at low resistance, spinning Powerball will steadily increase circulation to your hands and fingers, relieving any pain and discomfort caused by chilblains. And as your symptoms begin to fade, you can gradually increase your spin speed until you feel your hands are sufficiently warmed up again.

Regular spin sessions with Powerball are a good idea for anyone suffering from chilblains. Keep Powerball at your desk, in the car or on the coffee table at home for quick and effective warm up spins that will boost circulation during periods of inactivity. Using Powerball at regular intervals throughout the day will not only relieve pain and stiffness caused by chilblains, but it will prevent them from worsening by continually keeping your hands and fingers warm.

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powerball 280Hz, chilblains treatmentWhether you’ve never had chilblains before and just want to keep your hands warm this cold season or you’re suffering from the condition on a daily basis, Powerball is there for you. Even long-term sufferers will notice the difference Powerball makes to chilblains almost immediately. Best of all, Powerball’s resistance is 100% non-impact, meaning it does not place any additional strain or pressure on sore hands and fingers. Spinning Powerball at slow speeds requires very little grip strength, so if you are suffering from a severe case of chilblains that makes moving your fingers painful, you will still be able to spin Powerball without any issues. Starting Powerball is also easy to do and requires little effort. Our Autostart models need simply be rolled across a hard surface, such as a table to get them started. (See here to watch our video on how to start Autostart Powerball.)

 

climbing, powerball, chilblainsExercising with Powerball promotes the circulation of blood through congested and swollen blood vessels. Spinning Powerball at slow speeds gently unblocks these congested blood vessels and gets the blood flowing naturally again. In doing so, Powerball reduces any stiffness caused by swollen or inflamed blood vessels. Not just that – you can also benefit from increased flexibility and range of motion in the fingers simply by exercising with Powerball. Pick up a Powerball today and experience the incredible difference for yourself – you won’t be disappointed.

Spinning Powerball on a regular basis not only alleviates the symptoms of chilblains, but it also actively prevents the condition from taking hold in the first place. Use Powerball for as little as 5 minutes each day to maintain circulation and upper-body health. Even long-term sufferers of chilblains can prevent the condition from returning during colder months. All it takes are regular spin sessions with Powerball to boost circulation levels and keep chilblains at bay.

Other methods of chilblains treatment

Layers – Dress in layers of loose, warm clothing. Always keep your hands and feet sufficiently warm by wearing gloves and water-resistant footwear. Cover any exposed skin when going outside in cold weather to keep yourself warm and dry.

Warm indoor temperatures – Try to keep all indoor areas warm and dry, such as your home or office. Working for long periods of time in a cool or damp room can only worsen your chilblains.

Lotion – Chilblains will go away naturally over time, however it may be beneficial to use lotions to soothe any itchiness while they are present. Over the counter lotions and creams can accelerate the healing process and soothe discomfort. Your doctor or pharmacist may recommend suitable products to help ease the condition.

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If you’ve encountered chilblains before, you’ll likely recognise them on your own if they return. If you’ve never had them before however, it is recommended that you speak to your doctor to ensure that there is no underlying issue that may have caused the chilblains. Always contact your doctor if the symptoms remain for more than three weeks, you are suffering from acute pain as a result of the condition or the condition continues into the warm season.

What does the physical therapist recommend?

Colm Murphy is an IAPT physical therapist, lecturer in anatomy, and professional tennis coach. Colm is an expert in rehabilitation, musculoskeletal anatomy and analysis and works closely with elite level athletes. Colm designed our rehabilitation & strengthening programmes, which you can find on our videos page.



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Powerball Gyroscope – How it Works

With over 4 million sold worldwide, Powerball is the world’s number one gyroscope. Inside the shell of a Powerball is a rotor (green wheel), which spins on an axis. As the rotor spins, it creates resistance, which pushes against your efforts to spin Powerball. The faster you spin Powerball, the more resistance it creates and the harder it becomes to spin. This resistance is non-impact and 100% isometric, making Powerball the perfect device for rehabilitation and strengthening.

Whether you’re using Powerball to rehabilitate chilblains or prevent them from occurring in the future, we have the perfect Powerball for you. Click on the button below to check out our online store and see the wide range of models available.


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Supernova Sports Gyro

Supernova is a finely engineered, high precision gyroscope consisting of a rapidly spinning zinc rotor encased in a solid outer sphere.

The faster the inner rotor spins, the more force/resistance it generates.

There are no batteries or motor in Supernova; your wrist & forearm does all the work here, driving enriched blood flow and strengthening the entire kinetic chain of the arm from finger tip to shoulder.

Spin Supernova fast for 60 seconds and you’ll build rapid grip, wrist and forearm strength with up to 35lbs of focused isometric resistance helping bring significant benefit to sports such as golf, tennis, baseball, climbing, cycling & martial arts.

Spin slowly and Supernova’s gentle non-impact resistance at low speeds drives collagen healing nutrients and oxygen enriched blood flow right throughout the arm to gently rehab upper limb conditions like carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow and to help strengthen broken bones.

Muscle endurance and strength in the hands and fingers is also improved, contributing to greater play dexterity and precision for instruments like guitar, piano and drums.

Product Details
Colours: Smoked outer shell, polished zinc rotor
Materials: Military grade polycarbonate shell, metal zinc rotor
Measurements: 3″L x 3″W x 2.5″H
Weight: 9.35 ounces
Product Features
– Computer balanced rotor is vibration free to 15,000rpm+
– Features 6 induction powered blue and white rotor LEDs
– Includes multi function LCD counter to record spin speed (Pro model)
– Produces 0-35lbs inertial resistance powered just by your wrist
– Excellent for all grip based sports
– Suitable for gentle rehab of a large variety of arm & wrist injuries
– 2 starting cords are included