Tennis Elbow: Prevention & Natural Remedies
You don’t have to play tennis to suffer from tennis elbow. It may have got its name from the injury tennis players developed, but it’s a nagging problem for many people who are active with their arms. Simply, tennis elbow arises when the tendon just below the elbow and attached to the so-called funny bone becomes hyperextended. This area is loaded with pain receptors.
Trust us when we say that tennis elbow prevention is much preferable to treating symptoms. Also trust us that you should not use drugs to mask the discomfort. You want to find actual remedies that are more natural and helpful.
To prevent tennis elbow, it’s good to know what causes this repetitive strain injury. It happens when there is repeated extension of the wrist bending backward under resistance. It can arise from repeatedly hitting a tennis ball, playing another racket sport, using a screwdriver, lifting heavy weights, bricklaying, and so on. Even repeated playing golf, cutting meat, or using scissors can inflame the tendon on the forearm outside the elbow. Ironically, only a small percentage of cases, around 5% or so, involve tennis players. Why? Because they learn proper technique and strengthen their forearm muscles.
Technique and Strengthening and Load Sharing
Preventing tennis elbow begins with technique in whatever you are doing. For example, in tennis, you need to keep your wrist straight and firm when striking the ball. When lifting heavy weights or boxes, you want to keep your wrists as straight as possible. The moment your wrist bends backward, your upper forearm tendon takes the strain.
Using proper technique to prevent tennis elbow means strengthening the muscles in your forearm and wrist, while also letting the upper arm and shoulder do a little more of the work. While you’re at it, reduce the weight of what you’re holding repeatedly. Use a lighter racket, club, tool, etc.
Braces and Taping
Using a brace or taping your arm can certainly help with this condition or even reduce the likelihood of developing it. Remedies and prevention for tennis elbow essentially follow the same path. A brace is a drug-free way to provide support for the tendon and absorb some of the force and impact. A wrist brace can also be helpful.
Even more helpful is wearing kinesiology tape. For tennis elbow, this flexible tape can offer firm support while simultaneously lifting the skin slightly so that fluids can flow freely beneath to enhance freedom, pain relief, and healing. The special stretch and flex characteristics of kinesio tape make it much more beneficial than regular sports tape because it will not cut off fluids from the area.
Symptoms and Natural Treatment
- Weakened grip.
- Area is painful to touch.
- Pain down your forearm.
- Sharp pain on the elbow’s outside.
- Pain when you extend your wrist.
- Shaking hands is painful.
- Lifting is painful.
- Take a break for one week from the activity.
- Apply ice 3-4 times a day for 15-20 minutes at a time.
- Use a brace or Kinesio tape.
- If pain persists, see a physical therapist.
- No drugs. Masking pain can result in overuse and further injury.
Natural Healing – Don’t Rush Recovery
One problem with tennis elbow is that people often rush to return to normal activities. It’s a repetitive strain injury, so you must keep strain off it. That’s the only way tennis elbow remedies can be truly effective. Wear a brace if you like but kinesio tape for tennis elbow can provide just as much support with better freedom and pain relief, without the need for medication.Creative Commons Attribution: Permission is granted to repost this article in its entirety with credit to ViQing Gear and a clickable link back to this page.