4 Techniques for Tennis Elbow
This painful condition is caused by overuse of the forearm muscles, causing jolting pain through the arm and elbow. It effects normal daily habits such as typing on the computer, driving a vehicle, and even cooking meals. Tennis elbow (Lateral Epicondylitis) is common among people ages 30-50 but it can affect anyone at any age. If you or someone you know is experiencing pain related to the elbow, this could be tennis elbow and you should speak to you doctor right away.
What is Tennis Elbow and is it Preventable?
In short, tennis elbow is a painful condition that is brought on by overuse of the elbow. It causes inflammation of the tendons and forearm muscles outside of the elbow. Damage to the joints occur over time as your habits allow for repetitive movement of the arm. While it’s difficult to prevent tennis elbow because many individuals’ life and work habits, it is possible with strategic techniques. Squeeze and release exercise will strengthen the wrist and muscles around the elbow. In the hand of the arm that is injured, squeeze a tennis ball for two to three minutes. Another way of finding relief and prevention is through elbow and wrist stretching exercises. This can be done by simply lifting a can of food with your wrist and bend your elbow to your chest several times a day.
Chiropractic care has been known to help many individuals live a pain-free life. And a recent study has shown that chiropractic care has a positive effect on those experiencing tennis elbow. Contact your local wellness center Aurora Colorado chiropractor for more details on how chiropractic care can relieve this pain.
Duck Grip Massage
Instead of using your whole hand, using your non injured hand, use your fingers in a ‘Duckbill’ grip to massage the lower part of your injured forearm. This is more aggressive than using your whole hand and you’ll want to contract your forearm muscles as you massage.
Simple movements such as clenching your fists can easily help alleviate the pain and pressure brought on by tennis elbow. You can grab a ball or pillow to squeeze. Whatever will offer resistance when you squeeze.
This may be a simple daily movement that you perform with your wash cloths, but the mere motion can really alter the pain of tennis elbow. In both of your hands, hold a loosely rolled up dry towel. Move your hands as though you’re wringing out the towel. Be sure you keep your upper body relaxed. This consistent wringing motion strengthens the muscles where there’s pressure in the elbow.
Don’t let tennis elbow keep you from living your life. Contact Brian Voytecek, your local chiropractor in Aurora for more information today!