What Is Tennis Elbow and the Benefits of Massage


Tennis elbow is different than Golfers elbow, both are manifestations of epicondylitis which are painful. They both start from repetitive motion and can have flare ups if not treated properly. This injury needs adequate rest to heal which can be a challenge if it stemmed from work (hammering, painters, plumbers, butchers, repetitive computer mouse use, and carpentry). 

Tennis Elbow is overuse and strain of the forearm muscles that are used to straighten and raise the hand and wrist. There are tiny tears that form in the tendons that attach the forearm muscles to the bony prominence on the outer side of the elbow. Tennis elbow is triggered by the tendons in the forearm that perform extension of the wrist and fingers. 

Symptoms of Tennis Elbow

Pain may radiate from the outer side of the elbow into the forearm and wrist. The pain and weakness make it difficult to rotate the forearm for uses such as turning a door knob, tools, gripping objects, shaking hands, holding a cup. 

Benefits of Massage for Tennis Elbow 

Work focused on the elbow, wrist and forearms can:

  • Remove toxin buildup and other elements that contribute to inflammation and flare ups 
  • Improve flexibility with affected muscles and tendons 
  • Improve active range of motion, strength, and recovery

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