Tennis Elbow sucks! I’ve had it twice. I’ve also had many patients with it. Tennis players aren’t the only ones affected. Construction workers, athletes of all types, and even people who only work at computers are commonly afflicted.
Tennis elbow is inflammation of the lateral epicondyle (the most prominent bone you feel on the outer side of your elbow) and is a repetitive motion injury. It can be quite painful and you’ll know it if you have it. I’ve outlined 2 methods to help you cure your Tennis Elbow quickly. I’ve used various combinations of the below methods to get rid of mine and many other patients.
1) Stop the offending activity for at least a couple weeks. If you can’t stop it completely because you’re Serena Williams or a carpet layer or whatever, realize it’s going to take longer to heal (and be okay with that).
2) Stop using ice or any type of cold therapy (even if it’s alternating heat and cold). While ice does keep inflammation down, the official Wellness Renegade position is that tendons, ligaments, fascia, or any type of connective tissue won’t ever heal completely if you’re icing.
3) Loosen the muscles around the lateral epicondial. This will be painful, but it is the most important thing you can do. These muscles are what caused the problem in the first place and they are also keeping it from healing.
Feel for tight muscles in forearm. The tightest and most painful to the touch will be directly below your “tennis elbow spot.” Check out this video with deep tissue massage and hot ball peen hammer techniques that I think are the most effective to loosen these muscles:
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4) Soak your elbow and forearm muscles in hot water mixed with Epsom salt. Find a tub, bucket, or pan that you can comfortably rest your arm/elbow in. Fill it with the hottest water you can tolerate without burning yourself. Mix in at least 2 cups of Epsom salt. Soak for about 20 minutes or until the water is luke-warm. You should do this at least once a day; before you go to bed is best.
Epsom salt is super underrated. It loosens tight muscles, reduces inflammation, and aids in the healing of connective tissues. Epsom salt is available at almost any pharmacy or grocery store.
5) Take some Plum Flower Brand Tao Hong Si Wu Tang. One of the functions of this formula (from a Chinese Medicine perspective) is to improve blood circulation that effectively decreases inflammation and swelling, relieves pain, and promotes healing. The other function of the formula is to nourish the blood. This helps to heal and “rebuild” the muscles and tendons, and to relax muscle tension and spasms. A good dosage is 10 pills, 3 times a day. * Don’t take this formula if you are pregnant or taking an anticoagulant drug (like Coumadin or Warfarin).
If you can’t be bothered with all these steps and don’t mind spending a little money, order some FASTT Patches by Wei Labs. These things are truly magical, but they are also pricey at $24+ a patch (and you’ll need 3-6 depending on the severity of your case).
I developed a scorching case of Tennis Elbow one year while in the final crunch of a house remodel. I didn’t have time to stop working and the pain was pretty debilitating. After 3 FASTT Patches (about one week), my tennis elbow was completely gone. I never decreased my level of activity or did any other therapies.
Order at least three medium sized FASTT patches. Apply the patch directly to the lateral epicondial (the most painful spot). Leave the patch on for 48 hours and then go 24 hours without. Do at least three cycles this. You should notice a considerable difference by the second patch.
Here are two links to companies that sell the FASTT patch: www.FasttPatch.com and www.HealthDesigns.com. Note: I don’t have any direct experience with either company nor are they affiliate links (as a licensed practitioner, I order directly from Wei Labs).
Got Tennis Elbow or have you had it in the past? What therapies have you tried? Please leave your comments below to help those who are suffering.
*Only buy Chinese herbal formulas from manufacturers that are GMP certified or have similar documented standards.
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