What is tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is known medically as lateral epicondylitis. It is pain located at the bony prominences of the elbow. It is often the result of repetitive activities that cause the tendons in your elbow to become overused and inflamed.
Do only tennis player's get tennis elbow?
The name tennis elbow is misleading. While tennis players can get this type of tendonitis so can everyone from rock climbers to office workers. In fact, people who use computer mouses on a daily basis are often prone to tennis elbow! Any type of repetitive activity that puts stress on the elbow can cause tennis elbow.
What causes tennis elbow?
Tennis elbow is caused by any repetitive over use of the elbow. It can be related to poor posture, over use, muscle weakness or imbalance between the flexor and extensor muscle groups in the forearm. Those who perform manual jobs or sports like tennis that require lots of grip strength are more prone to this disorder.
How can acupuncture help with tennis elbow?
If you are experiencing pain at the elbow it's time to come in for some care and get the issue resolved before it becomes chronic.
Acupuncture can help by relaxing the shortened tight muscles that are pulling on the elbow. By reducing the pressure on the tendon bone junction the body can begin to repair the damage. At the same time treatment promotes circulation directly over the inflamed tissue allowing blood to nourish and repair the elbow.
We can help you understand posture and correct use of the joint while advising you on proper home strengthening and stretching exercises. Correct posture and home care are essential for making sure that tennis elbow doesn't recur.