Tennis elbow sounds like an endearing term given to an avid tennis player but in reality, it’s a recurring injury that can cause a host of problems and disrupt your game. It typically starts as a twinge of pain in the elbow or wrist that requires ice or a few anti-inflammatory pills but can develop into a serious condition without proper attention. Tennis elbow is actually slight tears and increased inflammation of the muscles near the elbow joint. Oftentimes, this injury manifests itself in shooting pain down the forearm into the hand and it can also make it difficult or impossible to either fully bend or fully straighten the elbow joint. If severe, even actions like turning a doorknob, shaking hands with a stranger, or lifting a telephone receiver to your head can cause blinding pain.
Mostly, this condition affects tennis players and golfers due to the repetitive motions of their sport but it can also affect people who type on computers all day or who perform manual labor on a routine basis. It’s important that whenever you are starting an activity to warm up your muscles to let your body know that it is going to be participating in movement. Warming up helps prime your muscles and prepares them for action. If you suffer from tennis elbow, massage treatments can help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this condition. There are several different types of massage that can address this injury:
- Sports Massage
The first, Sports Massage, is a type of massage that focuses attention on a specific set of muscles in the body. For tennis elbow, this means paying particular attention to the forearms, shoulders, and upper back. By seeking to combat soreness, sports massage helps to move lactic acid buildup out of your muscles through stimulation and pressure to help alleviate muscle stiffness and tension.
- Deep Tissue Massage
Deep Tissue Massage works the deep layers of muscle through hard and localized pressure. Oftentimes a bit uncomfortable, Deep Tissue Massage works against the natural grain of your muscle tissues to release tension and work out muscle adhesions. This type of massage is great for those with restricted range of motion, chronic pain, and ligament or tendon damage. Not to mention, it works wonders on promoting quicker recovery times to keep you moving on the courts.
Whichever mode of massage you choose, massage therapy in general can help treat the aches and pains of tennis elbow and give the direct attention you need to your muscles to keep you playing the sport you love.