Getting that perfect swing can be painful when Golfer's elbow or tennis elbow sets in. Both of these conditions are painful and result from strain injury or repetitive stress. Both of these conditions are named after the sports, which often cause them. However, there are numerous causes of each. This article will focus more on Golfer's elbow, which is an injury to the muscles responsible for flexing the fingers and wrists.
The injury's location is usually the medial epicondyle which is the bony bump on the inside of the elbow where the muscles attach. The primary symptoms include pain when gripping or when the muscles are stretched. Other people typically suffer from neck tenderness and stiffness and median nerve irritation. Carpal tunnel Syndrome, CTS is a medical condition that results in compression of the median nerve as it travels through the wrist. The main symptoms include tingling, numbness, and pain in the thumb, middle finger, and the index finger. In other words, it is a pressure on the nerve on your wrist.
Damaged muscle tissues typically cause Golfer's elbow at the point which anchors the arm bone at the elbow. It results when more force is applied to a region than the normal tissues can handle. Chronic Golfer's elbow can arise due to soft tissues being in poor health, making them more prone to injury. Inflammations then set in leading to elbow pain and swelling.
How Massage can help with Golfer's elbow
The treatment for tendon and muscle overuse and repetitive strain injuries calls for massage therapy. It requires soft-tissue experts as well as massage therapists who are specially trained to address this specific condition. The expert will assess the condition for any swelling, pain, tenderness, and motion range, among other related questions. Armed with this information, your massage therapist will be able to plan a treatment plan to restore elbow joint function, reduce or eliminate the pain, and allow you to return to regular activity.
Massage therapists employ a plethora of tactics to treat Golfer's elbow. Some of these include myofascial release, deep tissue massage, active release technique, acupressure or neuromuscular therapy. In most cases, therapists combine one or more of these approaches with petrissages and cross-fiber friction to flush out the tissue. The heat created increases blood flow in the area which is responsible for pumping away the inflammation debris and bringing in an abundant supply of fresh blood and nutrients.
Other self-care treatments for Golfer's elbow and carpal tunnel include resting, hydrotherapy, slow pain-free stretches, and self-massage to the wrist and elbow area. However, if you would like to have a professional masseuse address your pain, contact us today to set up a consultation or appointment.