One of the secrets of those who have overcome their tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is massage. You might not have heard this type of tennis elbow treatment mentioned in your protocol of what to do from your doctor.
That’s because medical doctors are concerned with medical treatment and often don’t pay attention to alternative healing suggestions or therapies.
Many physicians feel that what they learned in medical school is enough and only prescribe medications and surgery to heal. They don’t look outside this box very often.
So just because they don’t look outside the box doesn’t mean that you can’t.
After all, you’re the one that has to live with your pain; the doctor doesn’t. And with all due respect to the doctors, they really aren’t thinking about your condition when they go home after 5 p.m. at night.
Why Tennis Elbow Massage Works
The reason why tennis elbow massage is important for you is because of what happens in the body with tendons, ligaments and muscles when these parts of your body move.
If you move a muscle repetitively, that muscle will start to get tired. As a muscle moves, it generates a waste product called lactic acid.
If your body is well tuned and you are in great shape, you can handle a little bit of a lactic acid. But if you aren’t in good shape, then this lactic acid starts to accumulate in the tissues right there within the muscle.
If you were to continue exercising this muscle, more and more lactic acid is pumped out. And then you’ll start to feel a little soft “mass”.
If you continue exercising this muscle without dissipating this lactic acid, then the little soft mass will start to form as a nodule.
Trigger Points Can Be Found In All Parts Of Your Body
What part of your body besides your elbow is hurting? Is it your neck? Your back? Carefully comb the muscles with your fingers and you will probably find these trigger points.
It could take hours to get rid of them all!
But you’re only concerned right now with what’s happening in your tennis elbow.
In some cases where someone hasn’t made time to eliminate this lactic acid, the nodule can become the size of a golf ball! Wow!
When the trigger point becomes this size, then it will hurt to get rid of it! But there is one thing to be happy about: it’s not a tumor!
What You Must Set Out To Accomplish
Your goal is really just to eliminate these trigger points wherever they are! And when you have lateral epicondylitis, your massage for tennis elbow should focus on finding and eliminating these trigger points in your elbow, forearm and wrist.
In fact, those who perform professional massage for tennis elbow may even search for trigger points up in the neck and shoulders. This makes a lot of sense because these trigger points can refer pain to other areas of the body.
A trigger point in the neck can cause pain in your shoulder blade. A trigger point in your elbow can cause pain in your wrist when you pick up a bag of groceries.
Do Your Own Tennis Elbow Massage Therapy!
Now that you understand what is the main goal for you to recover from tennis elbow, you need to know that that goal can be summed up with a few words that are quite memorable:
SEARCH AND DESTROY THEM!
So when you do your own tennis elbow massage therapy, here’s the set of steps you need to overcome your lateral epicondylitis:
Tennis Elbow Massage Therapy, Step-By-Step
1) Begin by pressing on your elbow crease with the thumb of your opposite hand. Search for a spot that feels a little tender.
2) Once you find a tender spot, ask yourself if it is a golf ball shape, a marble shape, a pea shape, or a rope. All these are trigger points.
3) Rejoice that you have located the source of your pain because once you can eliminate it, guess what happens. Your tennis elbow pain starts to fade!
4) Now press in with your thumb into that trigger point. Don’t let it get away from you! Sometimes these trigger points will slip slide around in the tissues so you must be on them like a hound tracking a criminal.
5) You’ll next press harder on the trigger point. How hard you press depends on the amount of pain you have with the pressing.
Consider that there’s a pain scale that exists where 0 is equal to no pain at all and 10 is pain that makes you die because it’s so bad.
Press hard enough to create a pain level of 6 or 7 and no more.
6) Hold that trigger point until it releases itself. In other words, the longer you hold that trigger point, the more you will feel the trigger point give up.
7) After the trigger point gives up, you have won the battle!
But there’s more. Trigger points are never alone. Search and find, and destroy another five today.
Now trigger point therapy is a type of massage. Thus, you are essentially doing your own tennis elbow massage.
What To Do Later After Massage For Tennis Elbow
There’s one more thing you need to know: Afterwards, the area will be a little sore. This soreness may last for a few days but then it will be gone forever.
After a few days, go back in to the area affected by your lateral epicondylitis and do it again.
You will be amazed at how this simple, noninvasive tennis elbow treatment can make the world of a difference in your entire body.
If you’re looking for some really great tennis elbow exercises, check out the ebook, Tennis Elbow Secrets Revealed.
You’ll be happy that you did.