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

"Before I started coming to A2 I was always tired and could barely pick up or carry my grandchildren a ½ block. After the first 6 weeks of working with Kristi I got a big surprise when I took my grandchildren to a festival and carried the youngest 4 blocks before she woke up enough to walk. I then picked her up and put her on my shoulders so she could see better without effort. I was amazed at how much strength I had gained in a short time. I continue to see improvement in my strength and I’m no longer tired all the time."

− Jacki

"I loved it here! Everyone was so kind and welcoming and it is a very comfortable space to be in. That made it 100X easier to work on things, and ask plenty of questions. I seriously can’t think of anything to improve upon! Everything worked and helped me feel better, and is so exciting! Because of this, I can do more, and spend less time hurting."

− Georgia

"The therapy did exactly as I had hoped, it helped alleviate my shoulder pain, and stopped the numbness from creeping down my arm to my hand. The exercises I was shown had the added benefit of helping keep my neck and traps loose and not so tense all the time. A great experience that I would recommend to anyone needing physical therapy."

− C. Wesley