Tennis elbow is a painful condition that can greatly reduce the quality of life. Fortunately, treatments are available. Research suggests that massage can minimize tennis elbow pain.
Read on to find out more about the condition and how to treat it.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is caused by repetitive movements of the wrist and arm. It affects the tendons in forearm muscles that attach to a bony bump on the outside of the elbow. It causes pain in the area that can spread to the forearm and wrist.
Despite the name, athletes aren’t the only ones who can develop tennis elbow. It can also occur in people who work at jobs that cause them to use these muscles often. Common ‘tennis elbow professions’ include plumbers, painters, butchers, and carpenters.
What are Tennis Elbow Symptoms?
If you are experiencing pain in the outside of your elbow that radiates to your forearm and wrist, you may have a tennis elbow. The pain may get worse when you shake hands, grip an object, turn a doorknob, or hold a coffee cup. However, it’s best to go to a doctor to get a reliable diagnosis.
Can Massage Therapy Help Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow may go away on its own with a combination of rest, compression, ice, heat treatments, and over-the-counter anti-inflammatory pain medications. But massage will increase the healing process. It will relax the muscles reducing associated tension.
Deep tissue massage, neuromuscular massage therapy, and trigger point massage therapy are some treatment methods used to target areas of pain. They improve circulation supplying muscles with fresh blood and oxygen that brings nutrients to the site of the injury. It also incorporates friction therapy which breaks down scar tissue to reduce spasms, relieve pain, and improve flexibility.
How to Prevent Re-injury
Tennis elbow can last 6 months to 2 years. Although it will go away with treatment, it’s vital to avoid re-injury.
It’s important to allow your elbow to fully heal before proceeding with repetitive movements that may have caused the injury. Here are some tips that will prevent tennis elbow from reoccurring:
- If an activity is causing you pain, stop doing it. Find another way to do it that does not cause as much pain.
- When using your arm, avoid putting too much pressure on your wrist and elbow. Spread the load to your larger muscles to reduce the risk of injury.
- Get physical therapy and coaching to avoid re-injury.
- Warm up before engaging in activities that may cause tennis elbow.
- Wear an elbow splint whenever possible.
- Do exercises to increase the strength of your forearm.
- Use lightweight tools and exercise equipment if possible.
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