Millions of people all around the world suffer from tennis elbow, even if they don’t or never have played tennis. The same goes for golf elbow as well. You’ve guessed by now that golf and tennis elbow are one and the same thing, right? While both of them are caused by repetitive motion of the wrist and arm, the difference lies in how the elbow is inflamed. These days, both golf and tennis elbow have given way to computer elbow, which is known to be caused by over-use of the keyboard and mouse. Sounds scary, right?
Lateral epicondylitis, to give it a proper name, is a problem in the soft tissue and muscles of our outer forearm. These muscles are attached to the bony protrusion on the outside of the elbow: this is a sensitive area which can suffer from manual labor, and to an extent, sports. As for symptoms, you may feel a constant pain in and around the elbow region while grasping, lifting and reaching out for something. And although it can be quite painful, the situation can be easily remedied with a series of sports massage and regular exercise.
- Competitive strain is the most common cause of lateral epicondylitis
Besides an out and out injury, or an over-eager sports regime, lateral epicondylitis is most commonly caused by competitive strain in the workplace. When we, for example, spend hours a day at our work station we’re asking our forearm muscles to stay in a contracted state without taking a break. That burning sensation you feel after a while is due to a constriction of blood flow, which in turn, leads to a build up of metabolic waste.
- When it comes to soft tissue treatments, it’s going to hurt
Many trained and licensed massage therapists specialize in what they call Direct Soft Tissue Massage. Also known as direct soft tissue therapy, the massage is known to assess, manage and treat soft tissue injury as well as address dysfunctions of what’s known as the neuromusculoskeletal system. Although it can be quite painful for the sufferer, the therapy is known to produce the fastest results. And when combined with other remedial massages, the technique is even more effective.
- Ultrasound treatments can speed up the healing process
When used together with a soft tissue massage and a regular series of stretching exercise, ultrasound can indeed promote the healing process. According to WedMD, the ultrasound needle treatment has successfully treated around 65% of the respondents who did not respond to the traditional form of treatment. Generally speaking, the treatment works best when applied directly before a thorough bout of soft tissue work.
- Regular stretching works both as prophylactic and protection against renewed attacks
Repeated several times a day, certain wrist exercises can ease the pain and ward off any further problems with regard to lateral epicondylitis. The exercises should be done with the elbow held straight and the wrist flexed as far as it can go without causing pain. Along with stretching, a series of strengthening exercises should also be undertaken on a regular basis. This will build up damaged muscles, providing them more resistance for the future.
These are just some of the ways a trained massage therapist can help with ‘tennis elbow’. Whether you visit a clinic, a hospital or a private practice is completely your personal choice. Perhaps, you can also try out the services of a popular mobile massage therapists who can visit and treat you in the comfort of your own home.
Many of us would only go to a doctor or a therapist at the last minute when the pain is so unbearable that we just can’t go on. And most often than not, by that stage the damage has already been done. Don’t wait that long. Remember, it’s important that you pay attention to the pain, listen to what your body is telling you and act upon it as soon as possible.
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