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

"I’ve had 4 surgeries with different physical therapy clinics and this was my favorite. I felt comfortable and felt like I mattered to my PT which was a good feeling. My progress was as I had expected and any time I had a question or concern it was always answered and my PT adjusted. If it needed to be to avoid the pain I had I didn’t feel pressured to have more PT appointments or pressured to do workouts that aggravated my pain. Thank you for your help! I think offering stem and ultrasound for every patient will be really beneficial. Great experience overall."

− A.S.

"Dan was great to work with, as was the whole staff at A2 PT. I have been through PT on my shoulders twice before with different places and by far this has been my best experience. As a fit person, who wanted to remain active during my recovery- I felt like my PT program covered that. Dan knew what my preferred activities were and tailored my treatment to be able to do those things. The treatment plan was more like a workout and I loved it. I felt like each week I was getting stronger. I also appreciated that I was asked for constant feedback about how I was feeling/doing. If I ever need PT again (fingers crossed I don’t) I’ll be back!"

− Tracey

"A2 has been wonderful in helping me with my elbow pain. The skilled staff has attacked my ailment with an array of methods. I came in with 6-7/10 pain and after a few weeks my elbow is down to 1-2/10. The environment is warm and welcoming. The staff is friendly and very skilled. They take the time to listen and formulate a personalized plan. One of the tools they use is the Neubie. I have had amazing results using it. Its ability to target and safely load a specific area is very helpful. Overall, A2 is amazing and I would highly recommend it to any and all!"

− Kris