Anyone can get tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis), not just athletes. Repetitive arm motions weaken arm muscles and tear the tendons that attach muscle to bone. Tennis elbow can cause pain when you bend or straighten your arms or grasp or lift items.
Pain is felt around the outside of the elbow, around the outside of the upper forearm and is most keenly felt when lifting or bending the arm. People with tennis elbow may also have difficulty in gripping and twisting the forearm – such as holding pens or opening a jar or turning handles.
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Repetitive arm movements can cause your forearm muscles to get fatigued. A single tendon attaches this muscle to the bony bump on the outside of your elbow (lateral epicondyle). As your muscle gets tired, the tendon takes more of the load. This overloading can cause inflammation and pain, known as tendinitis.
How Does Neuromuscular Therapy (NMT) Help?
Tennis elbow is a long, bothersome injury which can easily reoccur. Leaving the elbow to rest and mend itself can take anywhere between 6 months and 2 years.
Heat or cold compresses may help with inflammation as will non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (such as Ibuprofen) and paracetamol will help to ease the pain. NMT to the forearm is a very effective method of easing tennis elbow and healing it much faster than rest alone.
NMT and deep tissue Massage techniques enhance circulation to the tendons on the elbow joint and positive results are seen. Massage techniques will break up scar tissue, alleviate pain, release muscle spasms and improve flexibility.
It is important to note that patience is essential when receiving treatment for tennis elbow to avoid re-injury, it is tempting to resume the normal activity as soon as symptoms are relieved.
Damaged structures are still vulnerable and can easily tear once more before the healing process is fully complete. A few sessions of massage and exercising caution while the tissues are strengthened gradually will ensure that injuries will heal in the long term.
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