Contrary to what the name suggests, tennis elbow can affect people from all walks of life, not just athletes. Tennis elbow occurs when you overload the tendons in your elbow by constantly moving your arm and wrist. Other than swinging a tennis racquet or a golf club, other causes of tennis elbow can include swinging a hammer during a construction job or using a paintbrush for an extended period of time.
Symptoms of Tennis Elbow
If you have a tennis elbow, you will likely experience pain around your elbow, which can then extend to your forearm and wrist. The pain and weakness caused by tennis elbow can restrict your ability to perform everyday tasks, including:
Gripping an object
Opening and closing your hand
Pouring a cup of tea
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
When you overuse the muscles in your forearm through constant back-and-forth motions or raising and lowering your arm, it can put stress on the tissues, which can cause the tendons in your forearm and elbow to tear. Tennis players usually experience tennis elbow after playing a long game or if they are using the improper technique to hit the ball. However, this injury isn’t only exclusive to athletes. Chefs can experience tennis elbow from cutting food all day, construction workers can get it from using tools constantly, and office workers can sustain this injury from typing at their desks.
How to Treat Tennis Elbow
A lot of people believe that if they let their armrest and take a break from their sport or hobby, then their tennis elbow will be able to heal on its own. However, if left untreated, tennis elbow can reoccur and can take up to two years to heal by itself. Heat compresses and ice packs can help reduce the inflammation and over-the-counter medication can help with the pain, but introducing massage can help speed up the healing process.
Getting a professional massage to treat your tennis elbow will help improve the circulation in your arm and reduce the friction of the tendons on your elbow joint. When you are recovering from a tennis elbow, it is important to be patient as the injury can return quickly if it’s not fully healed. Stretching the extensor muscles and tendons—especially the Extensor Carpi Radialis Brevis—is important for the rehabilitation process. Your massage therapist will help guide you through the proper stretching process.
At Serene Massage Clinic, our Registered Massage Therapist has many years of experience treating patients with tennis elbow. If you are looking for a relaxing way to treat your tennis elbow with optimal results, book your first appointment today!