Here's my bold claim: Advanced Massage Therapy techniques are the best way to treat your own Tennis Elbow! Are there medical studies to back me up? No. This is my opinion, but give me a chance and I'll makea good case for you...
As a Neuromuscular Therapist (You can think of me as a "Glorified Massage Therapist" with extra training, if that makes it easier) – Here's my bio
I've been specializing in treating Tennis and Golfer's Elbow for about 15 years now – Very successfully!
Meaning that I've been able to help the vast majority of Golfer's and Tennis Elbow sufferers fully recover – For the most part by using these three Massage techniques, AKA'Manual Therapy.'
I've even helped people whose injuries had, up to that point, stubbornly resisted all other treatments for years – And even some who were told they needed surgery.
And, for the past 10 years or so, I've been teaching people with Tennis and Golfer's Elbow how to use these Advanced Massage Techniques to treat themselves at home.
Here's an article on my overall treatment strategy compared with the conventional approach
And if you'd like to learn more about my programs,
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Can You Really Learn These Techniques And Use Them Effectively?
Now, I understand that, right off the bat, you may be skeptical and are wondering to yourself:
“How could I possibly learn these methods and apply them as effectively as a professional, like yourself, Allen!?”
Well, you can't instantly become as proficient as I've become with these Massage Therapy techniques after decades of experience. Obviously. I'd be lying if I said you could...
BUT you don't have to be! The upside is that once you get the basic hang of it, you have all the time in the world to work on yourself.
Instead of going in for just 1 or 2 treatments a week in a therapists clinic, like mine, (also quite expensive, honestly. I charge 145. an hour) you can apply these powerful therapies anytime you want, anywhere you want.
- You don't need to “master” these techniquesto be effective...
- You just need to apply themwith some consistency!
That's a powerful thing! – Knowing what to do and doing it regularly…
(And not wasting a second on useless and potentially harmful, recovery-slowing “treatments” like icing, braces and, Heaven-forbid, Cortisone shots!)
Here are some of the success stories some of my student/members have been kind enough to share as evidence of the effectiveness of this self-help treatment program:
Tennis Elbow Classroomsuccess stories
Why Massage Therapy Is The Missing Link In Tennis And Golfer's Elbow Treatment
#1: The 'Pin And Stretch Technique' THE best Tennis Elbow self-massage method (Key for releasing muscular adhesions)
I truly believe Massage Therapy is the “Missing Link” when it comes to treating the true, underlying causes of Tennis Elbow.
And reversing that nasty, vicious injury cycle that few things touch –Literally, few things TOUCH at ALL, except, possibly in the most superficial way.
Because nothing else “get's into” the muscle and tendon restrictions at the root of it better (Again, in my opinion, based on a great deal of experience.)
Nothing gets into and releases the “issues in the tissues,” like good, old-fashioned, hands-on Massage Therapy.
(Well, maybe not literally, “old fashioned” like Swedish Massage – I'm actually talking about more advanced techniques.)
I do, however, well remember being taught in my basic Massage Therapy training 30 years ago, and later repeatedly reading this same, stern prohibition…
“You shouldn't massage these kinds of tendon injuries because they're inflamed and swollen!”
And I wouldn't be surprised if you were a little concernedabout this, yourself, but that's a misconception you don't actually need to worry about!
However, believing that mistaken idea, many less-experienced Massage Therapists may avoid your Tennis Elbow injury and tell you not to “disturb” it yourself...
Inflammation! Oh, NO!!
But nothing could be further from the truth. Most cases of Tennis Elbow are in desperate need of literally being “disturbed!”
Liberated from their constricting, claustrophobic braces and mobilized, released – stretched and strengthened.
Now, you would not actually do deep massage on an area that was truly inflamed, significantly swollen and/or recently injured (Acutely injured, like a sprain, strain or a fracture)…
However, that is almost never the issue with Tennis or Golfer's Elbow.
- It's NOT a sprain or a strain –(types of tears)…
- It's NOT inflamed– (not significantly, anyway)...
- It's not swollen– (I've never seen a swollen Tennis Elbow)...
- It's not evenTendonitis (usually.)
It's almost always something called Tendinosis, which is not an inflammatory condition by nature. It's a completely different "animal."
(Read more about the difference between TendonITIS and TendinOSIS here, because it's such an important distinction!)
How Massage Therapy Treats The Underlying Causes Of The Injury
I should point out that not all Tennis Elbow injuries are the same, of course.
There are many degrees of injury severity, from very mild to so severe only surgery can fix it – and the nature of the injury varies somewhat.
What most people have, though – What I call a “classic case” of Tennis Elbow, is a tendon or tendons that have become overloaded and have begun to break down. (Tendinosis)
And that breakdown – the injury – is usually more gradual and microscopic.
Think “Micro-Trauma” and picture a rope that has gotten frayed and its fibers have gotten a little rotten in places...
Rather than a “big rip” or tear (which is what people too often imagine, and is actually rare.)
What has happened to those tendons is a degenerative breakdown process that's in desperate need of healing.
But that healing isn't happening – The tendon's regeneration process has been overwhelmed and has failed (for reasons medical researchers still don't really seem to understand)
It's stuck – both literally and figuratively.
- The healing process is stuck, in the sense that the healing and repair of the tendon has stalled and failed to keep up with the damage,
- And the muscles and tendons are usually Literally stuck! – (“Gummed up” with what we call 'Ahesions')
In the simplest terms, stuckness and stagnation are the essence of Tennis Elbow.
So, what does it take to reverse this nasty, stuck state of affairs?
Mobilization and circulation!
#2: The 'Cross Fiber Technique' (Especially important for the tendon aspect of the injury)
With Massage Therapy as the key tool to unlock the stuckness.
My recipe, my formula for breaking this vicious cycle is to physically get in there (with advanced Massage techniques) and release the stuckness and to bring much-needed blood flow to the tendons (to break the state of stagnation.)
And the good news is this is something you can learn to do yourself!
Tennis Elbow suffererslearn more here. Golfer's Elbow sufferers: learn more here.
There are usually tons of of sticky Ahesions binding layers of muscles in the forearm together.
And this a very sneaky, insidious process that happens over months and even years, gradually causing your muscles to become more and more restricted…
Often without producing much in the way of symptoms that would bring your attention to it!
The consequences are twofold:
- The tighter and more restricted / stuck the muscles get,the weaker they get…
- AND the more they tend to pull or “drag” on and tax their tendons
From my perspective (and it seems pretty intuitive) this is the direct cause of the excessive load that eventually damages the tendon(s).
What are people told, though?
Blame “Dr. Evil” – Inflammation! – Ice it! Brace it... Rest it... Inject it!
NO! Pleeeease don't do any of those things!
Just like funky, nasty, stagnant water needs oxygen and movement to clear, damaged, degenerated tendons need circulation – Blood flow – MOTION to heal!…
Not ice, cold and constriction – Or complete and “total rest” ( Read more about why rest is not the answer here )
We need to gently continue moving and to mobilize the area with Massage Therapy to bring better circulation and to literally break up the stuckness; the sticky ahesions in the muscles.
And we need to stimulate those tendons – Not leave them alone.
What Are The 3 Best Massage Techniques?
There are TWO major goals, and one minor, when it comes to treating the muscular and tendon issues in the tissues.
- Releasing muscle adhesions,
- Stimulating the tendons,
- And, sometimes, separating the tendons
And there are only twoAdvanced Massage Therapy techniques you really need for treating your own Tennis Elbow (and possibly an optional third)...
- Pin And Stretch –A Muscle Adhesion-Releasing Technique:To restore normal muscular flexibility (to take the load off the tendons)
- Cross Fiber Friction –A Tendon-Stimulating Technique:To encourage circulation, and to physically disturb and break the cycle of stagnation that happens in the tendons.
- And Press And Twist –A Tendon-Separating Technique:To separate the tendons at - and just above the Epicondyle (the "Tennis Elbow spot")
These are the Advanced Massage Therapy techniques that I use with my patients in my clinic with great results…
AND I teach my student/members here at Tennis Elbow Classroom in the self-help treatment programs:
Tennis Elbow sufferers: Learn more about the program here.
Golfer's Elbow sufferers: Learn more about the program here.
Actually, I have other, additional techniques and variations of those techniques, especially with Golfer's Elbow.
But when it comes to Tennis Elbow the first two, 'Pin And Stretch' and 'Cross Fiber Friction'are essential.
I believe these techniques are the best because I've seen them work incredibly well over the past 15 years…
They really get at the stuck stuff that's at the root of most Tennis Elbow Sufferer's vicious injury cycles.
#3: The 'Press And Twist Technique' (Useful in some cases - but not critical)
Note: if you're looking for detailed instructions on these techniques, that's the coreof what I teach my student/members in the Tennis and Golfer's Elbow programs.
Sure, you can always pick up a few free Tennis Elbow tips and tricks from various sources here and there (and that may be enough for you if your injury is very minor - or you're just not that concerned about it)...
BUT if you have an injury that's really disrupting your life and bringing you down, wouldn't it make sense to learn the right way to perform these self-massage techniques from a pro?
A professional who actually treats people by hand in person, and has decades of experience doing so, as well ashelping people learn how to treat themselves?
Compared to someone who is merely a virtual, online "expert" - who has neveractually treated anyone in their "career?"
(I've had members tell me that although there are tons of free "tips and tricks" all over the Internet, my videos are so much more detailed and instructive - And, of course, I'm also there in the Members' Forum to answer questions.)
Will ANY Massage Technique Help The Tendon Healing Process?
In my perspective and from my experience, basic Massage is better than nothing, but it is often not enough.
The problem is that general 'Swedish Massage' and other, similar kinds of Massage are just not specific enough.
And specificity is key.
General rubbing and kneading massage is fine up to a point. There is still value in that.
But more specific, advanced techniques are much more effective when it comes to addressing the issues in the tissues.
It takes a certain combination of pressure and tension to efficiently break up adhesions.
And you also need to be very focused in “getting in there” and breaking the state of stagnation in the tendons (not merely a general rubbing of the area, although, again, that's a start.)
Yes, this does involve some work. I won't deny it or try to minimize it.
(I always laugh out loud when I come across those who claim you can “Cure” your Tennis Elbow with just 5 minutes of work a day! – or whatever. Yeah, Riiight!)
However, it doesn't mean you have to spend all day on it.
There is a lot to be said for working smarter – Not harder!
How Effective Is Trigger Point Massage For Tennis Elbow?
I've seen a fair amount of talk online about Trigger Points relating to Tennis Elbow and the strategy of using massage to treat these trigger points. But I'm not a big fan of the Trigger Point treatment model and here's why...
Yes, there is a real, medically-verified Neuromuscular phenomenon, called a 'Trigger Point.'
Trigger points are said to be highly excited, irritable spots in bands of tight muscle tissue, which often cause pain and other sensations in predictable patterns that are specific to each muscle and trigger point.
And they are usually very tender or outright painful when pressed on.
(Not to be confused with “Pressure Points,” which is more or less a nonsense term, as anywhere one puts pressure becomes a defacto “Pressure Point” and, since that's utterly non-specific, it becomes meaningless.)
Trigger Points are also well known to cause or 'Refer' pain up to a significant distance away from the point itself (called 'Referred Pain' and 'Pain Referral Patterns.')
(Such as a Trigger Point in a shoulder muscle referring pain down that arm – Even to the hand.)
And as a Neuromuscular Therapist, I've found and occasionally worked on many Trigger Points in my patients over the years.
However, I have never focused on or “chased” them down, or even looked at them as primary, causative sources of any given injury or pain pattern.
I regard them as secondary symptoms – As in symptoms that cause other symptoms – Not the primary cause. Not the root of the problem.
Now, I'm not saying that it doesn't “work” to locate Trigger Points and press on them (painfully) until they “calm down.”
This does often work. The problem is that the pain relief is typically temporary.
From my perspective and understanding, dysfunctional muscles often “have” or “form” Trigger Points…
Trigger Points do not cause dysfunctional muscles.
So pressing on them often doesn't produce a lasting change.
We often need to do a lot more than simply treat a Trigger Point in order to correct a dysfunctional, painful muscle.
As in, thoroughly release the adhesions in that muscle (and sometimes it's 'Opposing Muscle(s))'
So, feel free to find them if you can and press on them, but that's not going to release the stubborn, sticky adhesions that have likely formed in your muscles.
And pressing on Trigger Points isn't going to do much to break the cycle of stagnation and degeneration that defines most tendon injuries at the root of most cases of Tennis Elbow.
More dynamic techniques are needed to effectively accomplish that critical task.
What About Tennis Elbow Massage Tools And Techniques Involving Tools?
I've seen some good, some bad and some ugly self-massage tools for self-treating Tennis Elbow and Golfer's Elbow!
Some tools are meant to aid in pressing very deeply on those aforementioned Trigger Points, instead of using your thumbs, which is fine if you're going to go down that road.
And there are tools that are specifically designed for releasing adhesions that utilize a hard edge.
You “scrape” these tools over your skin and press down into your muscles.
I think the 'Graston Technique' (often performed by Chiropractors and occasionally by Physiotherapists and Physical Therapists) may be the first tool of this kind.
But I have concerns about this approach. I think it's a little too easy to be too aggressive and overdo it.
I've seen too many people, and pictures of people, who are all red or black and blue later on from this technique.
(Big red splotches and black and blue bruises are signs of broken capillaries, which is a form of trauma.)
More trauma and more damage is not appropriate, in my mind.
In surgery it's to be expected, of course, and that's the exception. You can't have a surgical procedure without a certain amount of trauma and damage.
But I think it's too aggressive for a Soft Tissue Therapy approach.
Rolling Your Muscles With Massage Rollers
One method that seems fairly popular is using a Massage Roller tool or"stick” to roll over the muscles involved.
I don't think it brings much to the party, though. Again, like basic massage, it'sbetter than nothing, but I also think it's too limited (and often unnecessarily painful!)
Rolling over these sticky, muscular adhesions we've been talking about is not an efficient way to release them.
Just pressure pushing down on the muscle and rolling over it is like trying to separate Velcro by crushing it.
Vercro is a good analogy for adhesions; “millions” of little hooks, hooking together and keeping it all stuck together.
“Techy” explanation: We're really talking about Collagen, here.
It's the common protein that tendons are made of and it forms the matrix that muscles inhabit and pull on.
And Collagen has an innate ability to 'cross link' and bind to itself. (It has to be able to in order to form complex structures, like tendons and ligaments.)
But the downside is, that 'cross-linking' tendency becomes a liability when it happens too much in the wrong place.
And that happens a lot in muscles when they are too tight, overworked, and biochemically stressed.
In the earliest stages, ahesions can simply be “stretched out” and/or massaged out with minimal effort – and prevented from getting more dense and stuck.
However, as this process progresses, (think more and more Vecro hooks strongly binding layers apart) it becomes more and more difficult to release and separate them.
Past a certain, early stage, you can't just easily stretch, strengthen or lightly massage them away.
It gets to a point where you need that special combination of pressure and tension to get the job done.
And this is usually the case, once someone has developed Tennis or Golfer's Elbow.
Again, even if you just started to have telltale elbow pain of one type or the other, that adhesion process has likely already been underway for months – if not years.
Ultimately, there is nothing in this world that comes close to what the human hand can accomplish.
What If You Are Just Starting To Have Symptoms That “Might” Be Golfer's Or Tennis Elbow?
If you're just starting to experience pain, stiffness, soreness and other symptom warning signs of Tennis Elbow, then simple, general massage may be enough to help you turn things around.
Along with AVOIDING all the usual treatment mistakes, like icing, braces, Anti-inflammatory pills and Cortisone shots!
(Which you can see I've linked to my articles about, so you can understand WHY these so-called treatments are dead wrong!)
Honestly, you may not need my program and my more Advanced Techniques if you're at the very earliest stage of Tennis Elbow.
It can be enough for some people just to become aware of their problem and to start taking corrective action, like stretching more, taking more downtime…
And doing some basic massage on their forearm muscles (or getting some professional massage)
However! Once the injury progresses beyond the earliest stage or two and becomes more chronic, (It persists for a few months or keeps coming back)...
Then basic, general massage techniques may not be enough to break the cycle.
I would suggest that if you've already been struggling for a few months or more, become a member and get started with my program now, don't keep “Resting, Hoping and Waiting”
Or messing around with lessor techniques and symptomatic remedies.
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Deep tissue massage to the forearm is a very effective method of easing tennis elbow and healing it much faster than rest alone. Deep tissue massage will enhance circulation and combining this with friction therapy to the tendons on the elbow joint, positive results are seen.
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- Rest. Avoid activities that aggravate your elbow pain.
- Pain relievers. Try over-the-counter pain relievers, such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin IB) or naproxen (Aleve).
- Ice. Apply ice or a cold pack for 15 minutes three to four times a day.
I should point out that not all Tennis Elbow injuries are the same, of course.. Video: Best tennis elbow self massage!. Releasing muscle adhesions , Stimulating the tendons, And, sometimes, separating the tendons. Trigger Points are also well known to cause or 'Refer' pain up to a significant distance away from the point itself (called 'Referred Pain' and 'Pain Referral Patterns.'). As in, thoroughly release the adhesions in that muscle (and sometimes it's 'Opposing Muscle(s))'
Tennis elbow which is called lateral epicondylitis in the medical world, is when you experience pain and tenderness at the lateral epicondyle of your elbow.. This is the location where the majority of tennis elbow sufferers have pain but it is not uncommon for the pain to travel down their forearm and into the wrist or hands.. The forearm extensor muscles which control the extending of your wrist and hand need to be “rehabilitated” and tension relieved if you ever want to fully recovery.. What all tennis elbow sufferers have in common is the repetitive use and extension of their hands and wrists, day after day, making small motions as in typing on a keyboard, using a mouse, holding/using tools, etc.. The result is that the attachment point on the outside of your elbow, the lateral epicondyle, is being pulled by your fatigued and stressed forearm extensor muscles.. The key to jumpstarting your recovery from tennis elbow is to focus on your forearm extensor muscles.. Grab your affected forearm with your opposite hand and start gently rubbing your skin around the axis of your forearm.. Glide and rotate all the way up your forearm to your elbow and then backdown to your wrist.. Friction massage works well for tennis elbow because it helps mobilize the forearm extensor muscles and separate the adhesions which can restrict movement and cause pain.. Instead of using a full grip for forearm massage, it’s time to use the more aggressive duck grip and focus on the hairy part of your forearm.. If you start to notice an increase in pain as you get closer to your elbow, then stop there and work your way back down your forearm.. You should be focusing on the forearm muscles and not your elbow at this point.. Instead of gliding and sliding around the axis of your forearm, you need to grab the skin on your forearm, rotate it outwards and hold.. After only 3 of these massage actions, you should already be feeling a little tension relief in your forearm and even a small decrease in your elbow pain.. Grab your forearm muscles, squeeze down firmly, but this time make a fist and curl your wrist downwards.
When someone gets a tennis elbow, the tendons of the lateral part of the elbow get overused, causing soreness.. Tennis elbow symptoms can gradually develop over time, starting with general soreness and tenderness around the outside of the elbow.. If this pain persists for three months, it’s gotten into the chronic phase, and now you could be dealing with tennis elbow for a LONG time.. Grip your forearm by placing your thumb on the flexor side and the fingers near the elbow.. (See image B) Grip the forearm with the thumb on the extensor side and the fingers near the elbow.. Hold the FlexBar in your involved hand (in the illustration above, it is the right hand) in full wrist extension.. Twist the FlexBar with your uninvolved wrist while holding the involved wrist in extension.. Extend both elbows and bring both arms in front of you while maintaining the twist in the FlexBar, by holding the uninvolved wrist in full flexion and the involved wrist in full extension.. Grasp one end of the FlexBar with your involved wrist and elbow flexed (the left arm in the illustration shown here).. Extend both elbows, keeping your involved wrist flexed.. Using a tennis elbow brace spreads the pressure throughout your arm instead of putting it all on the tendon, allowing the injured area to recover faster.. An ergonomic mouse places your wrist and forearms into a more naturally aligned posture that helps to reduce the amount of muscle activity required to use your mouse.. So there you have it, at-home treatment for tennis elbow pain that works.
Other programs may offer you text-heavy “workbooks, manuals or guides” — Here you get 100% VIDEO — Over 3 hour’s worth of video (over 1 hour in each program + 1 hour of bonus videos) created for you by a Neuromuscular Therapist who successfully treats Tennis Elbow clinically every day.. I’m convinced… (and so are all the people in the success stories below + countless more) that advanced Massage Therapy techniques are the best way to treat your own Tennis Elbow!… That’s why they form the core of the program – Here’s a glance at the three self-massage treatment techniques you’ll learn:. It’s the most important method I use every day in my own clinic (specializing in Tennis Elbow for about 15 years) that have helped countless people with stubborn, chronic elbow injuries make a full recovery after YEARS of struggling in pain…. The Golfer’s Elbow program is now included WITH the Tennis Elbow Program at no extra charge.. Anatomy: An introductory anatomy overview video, Biceps Muscle release technique lesson, Triceps Muscle (and Tendon) release technique video, Joint Capsule: A release technique for the capsule of the primary elbow Joint, Various Ligaments: Techniques for several ligaments in the elbow area. I personally guarantee your 100% satisfaction with the video program – If you’re not satisfied with either the Golfer’s or Tennis Elbow program for any reason just let me know within 90 days of purchase and I’ll refund your membership fee – No hassles – No questions asked!. Finally someone in my exercise class told me that he had successfully used Allen’s program to treat and heal his tennis elbow and recommended I give it a try.
Can you really treat a tennis elbow yourself?. A tennis elbow and the pain it causes almost always arise from tensed muscles as well as trigger points .. Roll the ball slowly over your lower arm, applying pressure, while looking for painful areas.. Examine this area with the ball for areas that are sensitive to pressure.. Massage it using the pressure-motion technique by applying pressure with your fingers and raising and lowering your arm approximately 10 – 15 times.
Should you use ice or heat to treat your Tennis Elbow?. "What about the inflammation!?". "Ice it" or "RICE it!". These conditions are not TendonITIS — (NOT inflammatory.). Another reason why there's no benefit to icing Tennis or Golfer's Elbow, (as well as many other tendon problems) – OR using anti-inflammatories – or getting Cortisone shots .... Is because inflammation is actually part of your healing process.... What happens any time you injure something is that the healing process kicks in and inflammation is the first step in that process.. Now, sometimes when you have what they call an 'Acute Injury,' you get a lot of swelling, and in that case there MAY be some benefit to using ice, right after the injury to reduce the swelling. RICE Is Wrong For Tennis Elbow. )… RE-think trying to suppress any inflammation that MAY be present — with pills and especially Cortisone shots (because inflammation is a healthy part of the healing process)… Ice (or better yet, use a cold pack) only if you're desperate for pain relief — (If the choice is between that and drugs, but maybe try some heat first!)
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization – or IASTM for short, is the general term for a group of techniques and the various tools used to apply them, the Graston Technique being the foremost.. Chiropractors, Physical Therapists, Massage Therapists and other practitioners often use these tools and techniques to treat Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow (and a host of other soft tissue conditions.). In the image below, you can see an example of the technique being performed (in this case with Graston Tools) on a patient’s forearm to treat Tennis Elbow:. What about pain and bruising from this treatment?. Because whether we’re talking about Astym, Graston or Gua Sha being used to treat tendon injuries, there is an element of force, and of what’s often referred to in the IASTM literature as “microtrauma.”. The essence of these painful, chronic tendon conditions, like Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow, is stagnation and degeneration.. Sometimes what’s needed is an outside force to “stimulate” a new healing response.
Tennis elbow massage is one treatment option that provides relief for tendon inflammation outside the elbow.. Tennis elbow is an injury that can take a long time to heal.. Start by lifting your affected arm and grabbing the underside of the upper arm with your thumb and finger.. Works deep into the muscle tissue Can be done on other areas of the body Releases tension and knots. Myofascial release works to soften the fascia restoring health to the muscles and reducing pain.. For tennis elbow, put your massage ball on your upper arm, lower arm, or shoulder muscles.. If you have tight muscles and tendons that are making your tennis elbow worse than a foam roller could help you find relief.. As always, talk to your doctor before you start any new treatments, including massage to make sure it’s safe for your situation.
treatments The missing link Are there Tennis Elbow rehab exercises you can do on your own?. When most people think of Physical Therapy they picture exercises; rehab exercises, strengthening exercises, stretches and so forth.. Therapeutic Exercise – Rehab exercises that you do in the clinic or at home with machines, weights or various resistance devices Cryotherapy (Ice Therapy) – Ice and cold packs to “reduce” nonexistent “inflammation” (Here's why chasing inflammation is counter-productive – Here's why you shouldn't ICE! ). Here are my thoughts on Eccentric Exercise )Make no mistake, I'm sure we all recognize that at some point we're going to need to do some strengthening exercises if we have Tennis or Golfer's Elbow - But.... Teaching Golfer's and Tennis Elbow sufferers how to break the cycle using advanced muscle and tendon therapy techniques is a key part of my self-help programs.. To learn more about that stretching method, the 3 simple Physical Therapy exercises you can do at home and, most importantly, how to become your own Manual “hands-on” Therapist, check out my Tennis and Golfer's Elbow self-help programs below:
Tennis elbow —also known as lateral epicondylitis—is a painful condition that causes symptoms in the outer portion of the elbow and occasionally into the forearm or wrist.. Tennis elbow is frequently a self-limiting condition and many minor cases resolve on their own with treatment like:. If this occurs, or if activity modification does not significantly improve your symptoms after a few weeks, it is important to speak to a physical therapist.. There are several different things that a physical therapist does to help reduce the symptoms associated with tennis elbow.. Education: Your PT will likely spend time discussing the movements and activities that can aggravate your condition and provide you with less-irritating modifications for your daily tasks.. Manual therapy techniques, such as massage or light mobilizations to the elbow, may also be performed to help reduce pain and improve your arm function.. Your physical therapist may suggest a wide array of exercises to help you stretch and strengthen the affected area of the elbow.. Lightly push your hand downwards with your unaffected hand until a stretch is felt in the wrist or forearm area.. can of soup or beans) in the hand with palm facing down, extend the wrist, then focus on slowly lowering the wrist with the weight in it.. Perform three sets of 10 repetitions of the eccentrics each day.. Complete the exercise 10 times and try three sets each day.. Individuals with a more flared-up elbow that is not responding to activity modification alone may need to participate in therapy and perform the suggested exercises for several months before symptoms resolve.. Physical therapy focusing on improving flexibility and building strength in the forearm, wrist, and finger muscles can help combat the symptoms of tennis elbow.. Stretching exercises should be completed frequently (five times per day or more) each day.. While it is OK to try to self-manage the condition at first, it is best to speak to a physical therapist about your issue if symptoms start to get more frequent or intense.
Traditionally, tennis elbow, hence its name, was linked to higher impact movements like hitting a tennis ball with a racquet.. This movement pulls quickly on the extensor muscles and their tendons causing tendon and muscular injury.. Sports-related lateral epicondylitis is seen as a tendon problem because of high impact movements, such as a tennis serve, result in micro and macroscopic tears to the tendon.. If tennis elbow is a result of low impact, repetitive movements then it is often caused by fatiguing on the muscles, rather than tears in the tendon.. If someone has hurt their tendon, the person will suffer debilitating pains in the elbow and wrists quickly after the movement that induced the injury.. The condition is usually broken down into two categories; muscular tennis elbow or tendonitis tennis elbow .. While a massage therapist is just one professional that may be consulted to treat tennis elbow, they can be an extremely effective choice as most forms of treatment will involve some form of massage.. The massage therapist will scrub the fibres of the tendon by rubbing gently back and forth over the inflamed tendon at the point of greatest tenderness.. The second form of tennis elbow relates to muscular tightness and is by far the most common form of tennis elbow.. Most wrist and elbow pain will be caused by a spot just beyond the elbow where all the muscles on the back of the forearm converge into a single thick tendon called the common extensor tendon.. The muscles afflicted in tennis elbow are on the back of the forearm and are responsible for lifting the fingers and wrists and are constantly aggravated by computer usage they can be seen moving under the skin of the arm whilst moving fingers across a keyboard.. Tennis Elbow Trigger Points There is one very important trigger point in cases of tennis elbow which when identified and treated will cure most cases.. Summary Tennis elbow relates to injury of the extensor muscles or their tendons.. For both these reasons, it is essential anyone suffering from tennis elbow seeks the help of a trained sports massage therapist who is able to treat these conditions.