Isometric Strengthening for Tendinopathy

October 13th, 2017|
  • physiotherapist Jake Tumber demonstrating an isometric exercise

Anyone with experience or training in exercise might remember the lesson on isometric strengthening (the muscle contraction there the joint doesn’t move and the muscle doesn’t lengthen).  It’s a basic strengthening exercise, and one unlikely to be used in gyms or crossfit venues any more.  But isometrics are making a comeback!  Extensive research into tendinopathies has demonstrated that isometic exercise has a role in pain reduction when you have irritable tendons.  For example, rotator cuff injuries, tennis elbow, and achilles and patellar tendon pain.

A growing body of research has shown almost immediate pain relief following isometric exercise for achilles, elbow and patella tendinopathies.  This is great news for those suffering with tendon pain which can sometimes last for several months.  If conventional strengthening exercises are simply too painful, usually a sub-maximal isometric contraction is tolerated.  The strengthening load can be gradually increased over time.

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If you are experiencing a painful tendinopathy a thorough assessment with a physiotherapist is recommended prior to commencing an isometric strengthening program.  If you are looking for physiotherapy in Hamilton for a tendinopathy please call the Physio In Motion Therapy Centre at 700 Main Street East.  The phone number is (905) 218-6556.  The initial physiotherapy consultation is provided at no charge.

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