You have been working on strict pull-ups for weeks, months even, and finally it happens. Your chin goes over the bar, not once, but twice, and then 3 times. All of that hard work on strength training has paid off.
You wake up in the morning and suddenly feel this pain in your elbow. You might find you start to drop things and certainly feel weak when it comes to bearing any weight. What has happened?
A quick trip to the GP and you are informed you have Tennis Elbow. Well that's not even funny give you have never played tennis in your life. You are then probably told the most frustrating thing in the world - you just need to rest and it will get better.
Lets talk about what it is and what you can do to help.
With its official name of Lateral Epicondylitis in simple terms Tennis Elbow is when there is a tear or swelling in the tendons that attach the muscle of the forearm to the bone of the upper arm. It is caused by the repeated use of muscles around the elbow. Very similar to this actually is Golfers Elbow which is a form of tendonitis where there is pain in the tendons that connect the forearm to the elbow. Tennis Elbow pain is usually felt on the outside and Golfers Elbow on the inside of the elbow.
Whichever you are dealing with it is darn painful.... and while rest may seem a fairly easy way to get better, the reality is this can take anywhere from a few months to a few years!
So you can sit and wait for the recovery if you like or there are steps you can take. These fall into a couple of options, the best of course being a combination of all!
* Stretching Exercises specifically to this injury (reach out to use and we will share ones you can do but a little illustration below)
* Compression where appropriate
* Focussed Manual Therapy (such as deep tissue massage to the forearm as this will enhance circulation)
If you would like treatment for Tennis/Golfers elbow or like to know more about how it happens and how to alleviate please do come and see me at the clinic, you can book HERE https://www.dblifestyle.net/massage-body-therapy
If you would like to be able to help clients who are struggling with this pain why don't you look at our Level 3 Diploma in Sports Massage Therapy