tennis elbow

Acupuncture for Tennis Elbow & Golfers Elbow

Tennis Elbow is also known as tendonitis, which means that the tendons in your elbow are inflamed.  Tendons attach muscle to bone, and the muscles involved in Tennis Elbow are those on the top of your forearm. Tendonitis is usually the result of overuse or repetitive movements that put extra pressure on the tendon. This constant stress on the tendon causes small tears, which your body tries to repair, but the continual activity slows down the healing process, resulting in more tears and more pain.

Usually the pain you feel with Tennis Elbow is on the outside of the elbow, and it becomes worse when you’re grasping or twisting objects (jars, tennis racket, yoga class etc).

Golfers Elbow presents slightly differently way as it affects the inside of the elbow (closer to your body) with pain radiating down the underside of the forearm and into the wrist. Tendonitis, whether from tennis or golf is a fairly common condition. It’s prevalence increases with age as our tendons become less flexible.

Acupuncture is a very effective treatment for tendonitis and in many cases it is supplemented with Electro-Magnetic Acupuncture. Firstly, it increases the blood flow to the area which will reduce inflammation (regenerate tissue faster), this will release some of the blockages in the area (release pain) which in turn will increase movement and prompt the body’s own ability to heal. The effects of acupuncture treatment are accumulative, therefore each session will work on the last. Typically tendonitis would be resolved in 4 – 6 sessions.