Tennis Elbow is best described as, “lateral elbow pain reproduced by picking up heavy objects with an outstretched arm and palm facing down.”
This condition is found in tennis players, but also golf players. This pain is also something office workers can suffer from. Tennis Elbow is often caused by long term postural tightening through the forearm. Increased muscular restriction through the front of the shoulder and neck muscles can also contribute to this pain.
What Is Happening?
Pain comes from a Tendinopathy, which is in the forearm and connects into the lateral elbow. In particular the extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB) muscle . For Tennis Elbow to become painful, the forearm muscles become tight. Underneath the tendon of the ECRB there is a notch in the Radius bone. Postural winding and tightness over this Radial bone notch can cause degeneration in the tendon which becomes painful when loaded.
How We Can Treat Tennis Elbow?
Myotherapy treatment involves decreasing the pressure and tension through the ECRB and other forearm muscles to allow easy movement over the bony notch in the Radius. This is done with hands on soft tissue work to the forearm Flexor muscles, the forearm Extensor muscles and mobilisation of the wrist joint.
Myotherapists use a range of skills to free the muscles and joints. Manual treatment and myofascial dry-needling being the primary skills. Kinesiology tape can be used to help off-load the muscles of the forearm and to change the wrist’s resting position. Treatment involves assessing and treating the body as a whole. Soft tissue work on the front of the shoulder and neck muscles can also help to off-load the forearm.
Myotherapy can be one of the most effective ways of treating this tricky condition. If you are experiencing elbow pain or know some one who is, then book a consult with a Myotherapist. We will have you back on the tennis court or getting on with daily life in no time.