Getting a perfect swing can be extremely painful when the golf or tennis elbow appears. Both of these conditions can be very painful and may make mobility difficult. The good news is that massage can help.
What are Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow?
Golfer’s elbow (also known as medial epicondylitis) refers to a condition in which you experience inflammation and pain inside your elbow which may spread to your forearm and reach your wrists.
On the contrary, tennis elbow (also known as lateral epicondylitis) is a condition in which pain is felt around the outside of the elbow and outside the upper forearm. The pain is mostly felt when you bend or lift your arm. Tennis elbow sufferers may also experience difficulty gripping and twisting the forearm, such as when opening a jar, holding a pen or turning handles.
Golf or Tennis Elbow doesn’t only affected golfers and tennis players, it can happen to anyone after overuse or repeated action of the muscles of the forearm, near the elbow joint.
How can massage help in treating Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow?
Massage is a great treatment for overused muscles and tendons. Our expert massage therapists are trained to assess the exact conditions and evaluate the levels of tenderness at the elbow. In addition, they will also assess any pain or dysfunction in the hand, wrist or shoulder. They will assess your range of motion, ask about the symptoms you are experiencing and the activities which exacerbate your pain. They will use all this information to draw up a successful treatment plan which will help eliminate pain, restore your elbow joint, and allow you to perform your normal activity.
It is worth mentioning that patience is essential when treating tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow because the healing process may take some time. However, massage therapy can:
- Help break down tension in the tendons, reducing pain
- Help stimulate the healing process and improve function
- Enhance circulation and maximise blood circulation along the upper arm and forearm
- Relax the muscles around the elbow