Two Methods to Cure Your Tennis Elbow in 7-10 Days

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.

Method One

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:

If you are reading this article in email or RSS use this link to view Tennis Elbow Massage and Ball Peen Hammer Techniques.

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).

Method Two

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: and 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.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products and statements are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent disease.

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102 Responses to “Two Methods to Cure Your Tennis Elbow in 7-10 Days”

  1. Armi Legge says:

    This was very interesting Doug!

    Is the reason that cold therapy inhibits healing because it slows cellular regeneration and limits inflammation? that would make sense since inflammation is a healing process. I think a lot of people think of it as just a bad thing that needs to be eliminated.

    Love the massage tricks too:D


  2. Doug says:

    That would be my guess with cold therapies, but I don’t know for sure. I’m just going on clinical experience with a touch of Chinese Medicine bias ;-)

  3. Matthew says:

    Hi Doug,
    Visited your site for the first time after seeing the link from Corbett’s site. I’ve been really struggling from “mouse elbow” off and on for years and the massage technique you show is the first thing that has noticeably helped relax those muscles thoroughly so thanks for that really helpful video!

  4. Doug says:

    Hi Matthew, thanks for stopping by. I’m glad those helped!

    It’s pretty amazing how much damage using a mouse can do, huh? Be sure to start up the soaks also. Let me know how it goes.

  5. Penny says:

    Hi Doug,

    Many thanks for your article and video. I have been suffering with a host of computer related elbow pain for a few years now and in desperation I am trying a few new approaches. I have massage done before but have never had much success with self-massage (mainly because it hurts and I find the pressure needed from my other hand uncomfortable too) but my arm is definitely feeling better after following your video – will keep it up! Interesting re Epsom salts and ice.

    Do the FASTT patches REALLY make a difference?? They are very pricy but intrigued! THANK YOU!


    • Doug says:

      The FASTT patches are really that good. Most cases can be cured with 2 or 3 of them. Hope you find some relief!

      • William Johnston says:

        Patches did not work for me. Only had symptoms for 3 weeks and tried 4 patches without any relief. Don’t waste your $ on these.

        • Doug says:

          Sorry to hear the patches didn’t help, but they have worked for me and hundreds of my patients. So still might be worth a try for those who are suffering.

        • Dan Pupek says:

          The patches didn’t work for me either. I’ve seen lots of testimonials where they did but me and several friends who all have chronic tendonitis had no luck with 3 to 5 patches.

  6. Shashwat Vats says:

    For those who are suffering from tennis elbow pain, I recommend to have high power laser therapy treatment..also keep using NSAIDs. Its gonna take atleast a month to heal..use ice for first 4weeks and then the hot therapy later…it has worked wonders for me

    Am a cricket player and believe me there is no stiffness or naggung pain in my elbow now…

    • Doug says:

      If you want to take a month with your protocol, that’s your choice. Personally I like to get rid of mine (or my patients) in 7-10 days.

  7. Tolay says:

    I tried your massage method and Epsom salt but my elbow seems getting worse. Is it normal for the first time doing it?

  8. Scott G says:

    Thanks for the massage technique which seems to help. But I’ve had tennis elbow for over a year and I’m really frustrated. I’ve tried pretty much everything except the patches. If I do buy them, do you place it on the forearm muscles or on the elbow?

    • Doug says:

      Place them directly on the most painful spot which is usually right where the forearm muscles meet the lateral epicondyle (outer elbow bone). Good luck!

      • Scott G says:

        Thanks for the quick response!! How long should I try the other remedies before I spend $$$ on the patches?

        • Doug says:

          Personally if I had it as long as you have (over a year?), I’d go with the patches right away. Of course results may vary, but in most cases a week of patches will take care of it.

          If cost is a huge consideration, then I’d go with the self therapy as long as you continue to make progress.

  9. Mary says:

    Thank you! I work at the airport and handle luggage all day, 4-5 days a week. This massage really loosens these muscles!! Thank you so much!!! Im happy to get some relief.

  10. Michael says:

    Hey Doug, I found you from youtube because I am 40 years old, from Ohio and I have very bad tendinosis in my left elbow from landscaping. I also have had the lesser tendonitis in my right that has faintly been there for 6 years now off and on. It never really goes away completely. The stiffness I mean. It feels like a distant ache or arthritis. Anyways my left is more recent and I worked with it for a couple months and did more damage it seems. Some of the muscles and tendons are all soft right in the crease of my elbow even when I flex. I have lost a lot of strength. I am getting pretty concerned now and want to explore things like the Graston Technique and ASTYM. I have a couple months before I go back to work so I hope I can get this better. Rest has not helped in fact it feels tighter and worse so I will try your massage technique above for sure. As well as the Epsom salt thing. I do have one question with the Tao Hong Si Wu Tang. You said a good dosage is 10 pills, 3 times a day. Do you mean 30 pills?lol Or do you mean like take 3,3 and 4 total?. Just checking in case I try the stuff. Thanks for doing what you’re doing :)

    • Doug says:

      It sounds like it could be more serious than tennis elbow (tendonitis). Have you had it checked out by a good doctor? Before you try any therapy you might wan’t to make sure that you don’t have more severe damage.

      I don’t know much about the Graston Technique and ASTYM so I couldn’t recommend them one way or another.

      Actually I do mean 30 pills a day (10 pills 3 times a day). They are the size of BB’s. Herbs aren’t as potent as pharmaceuticals, so it requires more to get a therapeutic dose. I also can’t recommend enough the FASTT patches if you do have tennis elbow tendonitis.

      Good luck, I hope you find some relief!

      • Michael says:

        I did go to a doctor and got diagnosed with tendinosis which is when tendonitis enters the chronic state I’m told. With this condition there is no inflammation. It’s past that which is not good because you want inflammation in order to heal I guess. From all my research online I think I have to break up scar tissue and stuff for it to heal properly. As for the Right elbow I have an osteophyte which is a bony projection because it’s an old injury and built up calcium. The doctor just told me to do the tiger claw exercise and stretching. And if the severe left elbow didn’t get better he recommended a procedure called dry needling(kind of like a form of acupuncture I guess). I am not sure he was a specialist in the area I need being in Rheumatology though. I think I need to see someone in sports medicine. So now I am trying a bunch of manual stimulation stuff to create micro tears(I had a chiropractor friend tell me that). I will keep trying your above technique. I hope I am not too late. Thanks again :)

        • Doug says:

          You might also check out he book, Becoming A Supple Leopard. It has a bunch of really good techniques. I’ve since used his “Voodoo Floss Band” method for tennis elbow with good result. The basic idea is you wrap your elbow extremely tight with these rubber bands and then go through the range of motion of that joint. Remove after a minute or two. Rest for a few minutes and then do it again. It essentially does what my “press and move” exercise does but it gets all the muscle and tendons at the same time.

          • Doug says:

            BTW dry needling is acupuncture done by a doctor who took a weekend class not an acupuncturist .

          • Michael says:

            Ok Thanks for the tips and advice. I am meeting with an orthopedic surgeon Thursday. I have a feeling I will need scar tissue broken up because it’s just not healing. It’s beyond normal Tennis Elbow stage. I have been doing some friction massage stuff at home. I will keep you posted :)

  11. Dunya says:

    Thanks for the great tips!!
    My physio therapist already gives me shockwave therapy twice a week, so I don’t think I need the hammer technique, but I will try all your other tips!

    Do you also have any advice concerning compartment syndrome in the forearms? I have it in my 2 arms, lucky me, and the doctors start to mention surgery. But I don’t want that. It’s so hard to find reliable information about compartment syndrome in the forearm. But there has to be an alternative to surgery, there just has to be!! :)
    Having shockwave on it twice a week now and I’m taking Traumeel tablets.

    Of course quitting my hobby would fix everything too, but… well… I don’t want that either :D

  12. Wendy Read says:

    Thanks so much for posting this video and information. Just did the excercises in your video I sill keep in touch. It loosened things a lot. Wendy BC Canada.

  13. MissMouse says:

    Relief at last…. :)
    I found your site in your youtube video description section.
    I use may PC an average 10 hours/day (I’m an office rat) and I also have an 18-pound baby who needs constant care (lifting, putting intu crib, taking out from bathtube, nursing etc.) so there is no way I could rest my elbow as much as necessary. I cannot take (and don’t want to) any pills or other medication due to nursing the baby.
    This ‘hammertime’ exercise looked ridiculous enough for me to try and voilá!-it loosened my muscles right after the first try :) and that’s the reason why I tried your other tips and they all seem to work so far.
    I’ve been dealing with this cr.ppy condition for two months now, and I am 100 percent dedicated with your methods; I’ll keep you updated if you’re interested :)
    Csilla from Hungary

  14. MissMouse says:

    Sry for the typos, forgot to proofread :)

  15. MissMouse says:

    ..and also forgot the most important thing:
    thank you
    thank you

  16. Jon says:

    Hi Doug,

    First of all i would like to say is that your article was very helpful and i glad i came across these different methods for treating tendonitis! Im a baseball player and ive had tendonitis in my right elbow since my freshman year. Ive always iced my arm after i throw or take an infield everytime i practice. Do you think if i follow tbe first method or buy the FASTT PATCH , it would make the pain in my elbow less harmful when i throw? And do you think it would devrease the pain after one us of yhe FASTT PATCH? It would be awesome if you let me know!


    • Doug says:

      Hi Jon,

      I’m not entirely sure what your asking with the spelling the way it is, but I’ll give it a shot anyway. Both methods work. With the fast patch you would need anywhere from 3-6 depending on how bad it is to notice results. Will it keep it away forever even if you are still throwing? The answer is maybe. If you can afford it, I would get the patches and do a full coarse and then proceed to do method one as long as you are still playing baseball. Hope that answers your question.

  17. Maarit says:

    Hi Doug,

    Thank You so much! Your massaging technique and hammer technique helped me at first time I tried them! And it was yesterday! I’m so happy and hopeful, and I really think my right elbow will be cured. I’ve been suffered with this epicondylitis for 2 months now, without any helping methods. Thank God and angels that I found your video from Youtube!:)

  18. wendy says:

    help, i have been doing what you suggested …. i have muscular form of tennis elbow…cry cry…. suffering… forearm, upper arm, elbow and shoulder… unhappy. need yourbprofessional advice.

  19. wendy says:

    oh…. i am using a mouse at work … which i need to continue to do…job. i am so tired of this… i hope you understand what i wrote.


  20. Ian says:

    Hi Doug

    I found your video on YouTube and really liked the techniques for tennis elbow. I’m a keen gym user and go 5/6 times a week. I’ve had a persistent elbow issue for about a year now. I have full range of motion but when doing certain exercises such as curls I get pain in my elbow and wrist. I also get pain on the outside of my forearm as well as my pinky finger and ring finger when applying pressure. I’ve self diagnosed myself to have had tennis elbow, golfers elbow and ulnar nerve impingement :) I’m probably wrong with each one. Any advice you could give me would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards

    • Doug says:

      Sounds like the diagnosis is probably pretty close if not spot on. Honestly I would suggest laying off the exercises that aggravate it for at least a few weeks and use the recommended techniques. Also sufficient rest and recovery is just as important as the exercise and strength training itself. 5-6 days in the gym is way too much, you should look into alternate ways of working out that will allow for greater recovery. The book, Body By Science, might be a good start for you.

      • Elizabeth says:

        Just found your video and can’t wait to try but I have a stupid question….do I need to quit playing tennis to give my arm time to heal? I’m addicted and will find it very hard to stop but will do anything to heal.

        • Doug says:

          Give the techniques a try while you are still playing tennis. If it doesn’t seem to be getting better, you might have to take a break for 2-3 weeks to let it heal.

  21. Toni Lugger says:

    Hey Doug!!! I’ve been suffering from Tennis elbow for about 9 months each month getting Jan a doctor injected it and the next day it was gone, he told me it would come back but it felt perfect, I didn’t think it would come back, but then 3 months later it did, it got so bad my arm was so stiff in the middle of the night I was tying everything and getting PT ultrasound and Laser on it, really nothing helped. I decided to check up on it on the net, and I found you…I’ve been doing the techniques in the video, doing Ibuprofen around the clock, epsom salts bath at night, and so far this is day 2 without the pain, and I never had that..Thank you for taking the time to share what helped for you, I just added the ibuprofen…I’ll do the hammer later today too…Thank you!!!!

  22. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks so much! I have done these techniques the last week and feel much better already; however, I noticed the inside bone of my forearm hurts Any specific techniques for the medial epicondyle? I’ve just been kind of rubbing it out but it’s soooo sore.

    • Doug says:

      That’s golfer’s elbow. I just use the same techniques on the medial side. Start farther down (distal) on the flexor muscles, which should take some of pressure off that really sore attachment on the medial epicondyle. Then, as you start on the medial epicondyle itself, it should be a little less intense.

      • Elizabeth says:

        So I’ve been doing this the last 24 hrs and am significantly better. Went to tennis last night and wore a counter force brace and still feel better. THANKS :)

      • Handino says:

        Is it possible that you can give us a video of golfer elbow treatment!I don’t know where to pressure.
        I have both tennis and golfer elbow.
        Thank you so much!!

        • Doug says:

          I just use the same techniques on the medial side. Start farther down (distal) on the flexor muscles, which should take some of pressure off that really sore attachment on the medial epicondyle. Then, as you start on the medial epicondyle itself, it should be a little less intense.

  23. mary says:

    Hi, I have just started with the Epsom salts treatment. I have had tennis elbow for over a year and my GP just gave me some painkillers and sent me away. 12 months on I am at hospital for physio,and strengthening techniques and they tell me that because I was not treated properly straight away the tendons have gone a bit mushy and are very damaged. It hurts most all the time especially stretching the arm out. The only way I can describe it, is it feels like I am forcing open a heavy rusty church gate.

  24. Marilyn says:

    I have had tennis elbow for about three months now as a result of trying to break up ice after an ice storm. It has just been getting worse despite chiropractic, ice and exercises. Last night I tried the Epsom Salts and couldn’t believe the difference in just one application. I have also ordered the Fastt patches and will try the hammer technique, as golf season is coming up and I want to be out on the course not nursing a sore arm. Thanks for the tips.

  25. Dan O'Meara says:

    New player in tennis 7 months ago. holding racket with a death grip I think caused my injury. read lots on the internet and 90 days later still had a severe tennis elbow. visited the tennis elbow classroom and learned message techniques to loosen the forearm muscles and cross fiber message. About 3 weeks later I’m feeling good about being back on the court easing my way back to playing. I’ll try the Epsom salts as well. Crazy injury, speaking from an ex athlete experience never had anything like this. My best advise is self massage therapy and stretch. Oh yea I now have a new grip taught by a tennis pro. Thanks for your advice and help with tennis elbow and good luck to all my fellow tennis elbow people.

  26. Mat says:

    Hi Doug,

    After I use the Fasst patches will it fix my elbow forever or will it come back again?

    • Doug says:

      I couldn’t say. Probably depends on if you change the offending behavior. I’ve had to use them for tennis elbow twice in about 10 years. The first time I didn’t have any problems for 3 or 4 years. It’s now been around 6 years since the last time I had to use them. I got it both times from doing heavy construction work and more specifically painting an entire house. I have done some construction and painting since, but not to that degree.

  27. Mat says:

    Thanks Doug. My patches have just arrived, could you explain how you go about the treatment, such as how many should i use “i purchased 3” for starters is that enough? and how long should the treatment last a week a month? And finally this is probably pretty obvious put my pain travels down my arm but is very sore on the outside elbow tip so i presume that is where i place the patch?

    • Doug says:

      3 is a great place to start and usually does the trick for most people. I would go with the suggested instruction which I believe is 48 hours on and 24 hours off. Do all 3 consecutively (with the 24 off in between) even if it is feeling better.

      You can do some of the massage techniques on the areas where the pain radiates, but yeah put the patch right on the sore point on the outside elbow.

  28. Mark Schulbach says:

    Hi, Little help please.

    I am a 41 years old male, works construction, (mostly office, management, but some labor mixed in from time to time.) and a competitive ocean paddler.

    About a month ago i overworked my left elbow swinging a 3lb hammer, (demolition of a bathroom), combined with the paddling motion (arms do a swimming motion on a surfboard-like craft). My training program has me paddling and lifting moderate (not heavy) weights (5-7 total workouts a week).

    The demolition work probably excessively strained the elbow over the course of a few days. and in conjunction with my workouts, the condition was worsened.

    There was no pain initially, and as I entered into a next rest period of training, I started to have some tenderness in the elbow, (tennis elbow?). it came on slow. Paddling didnt bother it, but swinging a hammer did, I initially did RICE treatments, mostly advil and ice. there was little progress (if any)…i read a blog about the fastt patch and i ordered them up, stopped ice and moved to heat pads. After the 1st patch the pain increased a bit, achey when i straightened the arm, and sore when lift objects or swing a hammer. I am now on my 4th fastt patch, (with 1 day off between each). I think i am actually more achey and more sore. I have reduced my workouts, reduced my hands-on construction work and I have done aggressive massage of the forearm and gentle, but sustained stretches. It doesnt appear to be a tight muscle in the forearm anywhere. the wrist has full motion and the muscles don’t seem tight or sore. then pain and acheyness is right at that bone tendon connection (Lateral epicondyle). Any advice?

    I need to get this behind me, i have a big racing season ahead of me and i need to re-establish my training regimen!

    Any help or experience is appreciated.

    • Doug says:

      I wouldn’t do any workouts at all. If the forearm muscles aren’t tight, probably just move to light massage. Also reduce the stretching. Increase your protein intake and add at least 1 tablespoon of gelatin or collagen to your diet per day. On your day off the patch (or possibly take a few days break from them) soak your elbow in hot water and a bunch of epsom salt at least a couple times a day.

      See how that goes. If it doesn’t improve, you may have actually torn a little bit of the tendon from the bone. You might also look for an acupuncturist/massage therapist/chiropractor that has experience treating it.

  29. Elaine says:

    Yesterday I tried the massage you demonstrated here and it helped me tremendously. I’ve had this for many months and the pain now involves my shoulder and neck. I’m going to order these patches too. I’m very glad to have found your page. It looks like you’ve helped a lot of people. Thank you for the valuable information.

    • Doug says:

      You can do cross-fiber massage and use the hot hammer (don’t hit any bones) on your neck and shoulders also. Good luck!

  30. Sylvain says:

    Hi Doug,

    This is my second tennis elbow right now. The first one as been cured with 9 sessions of shockwave. This one is present since 7 month at least. I’ve tried a lot of treatement and even again the shockwave. I’m resting since 3 months… I began your first method since 2 days. Do you suggest me to stop the shockwave while i’m trying your method ? I wondering also how many times do I have to loosen the muscles around the lateral epicondial ?

    Thank you!

    • Doug says:

      Is shockwave ultrasound? If it is, I wouldn’t think that there would be any problem with both at the same time. I would continue to work on the muscles (in small increments daily) until they stay loose and the tennis elbow is gone. If for some reason you work them so hard that they are sore (which is too much), go ahead and take a break until they aren’t sore anymore. All the best!

  31. Electra says:

    I believe the massage is working for me.
    I have tennis elbow for more than one year from tennis – I am a fan of tennis and like to play all the time and do not wish to stop it – and I have tried almost everything (physiotherapy twice, cortisone shot, self-treatment, acupuncture).
    I found your video and tried the massage, which I find the most effective.

    I have 2 questions for you:
    a) Does the massage have to be done once during the day ?
    Because some times, it is required that you repeat it 3 times during the day, this is why I am asking and because I do not want to do any damage to my elbow.

    b) Does the massage have to be done daily ?
    I know when there is inflammation, it helps the healing process. Should I give it a break for one day ? Or this is not necessary ?

    Appreciate receiving your feedback by return.

    • Doug says:

      For the most part, you can do the massage as much as you like. However, if you work it so hard that it actually sore from the massage, take a day or two off.

      • Electra says:

        thank you so much for your prompt response.
        I am already feeling better after so many months with the massage, I wish I had found your website earlier, I will also apply the epsom salts.

  32. Liz says:

    I just stumbled upon your website via a desperate google search for an answer. I got injured at work. I have been diagnosed with bi(as it is in both arms and my non dominate arm is worse) epicondylitis. I have most of the symptoms of tennis elbow but my injury occurred from pulling 25 lb bags of grout forward while laying my arms across a bag that was higher. I have been out of work for 2 mos. My arms are killing me and I can’t do anything. My arms continually throb and are worse in the morning (like I must do something with them while I sleep). I have been doing the ice thing but find that really didn’t help and as you said if anything made mine worse. I spent a lot of money on these freezie compression wraps which didn’t work. I purchased these Ace tennis elbow bands which I think hasn’t helped even though I keep wearing them. The ortho I went to (and left) kept pushing an MRI and then surgery. I am with my primary doctor who just has taken me out of work to rest. I desperately need to get back to work (3 girls in college). The light duty my work would put me on as a cashier which involves squeezing a scanning gun thousands of times in 8 hrs and lifting items to put over demagnetizer. Even after being out for 2 mos I still can’tl lift things such as a dinner plate when doing dishes or squeeze the TV remote. I think I did more to my elbows than the normal tennis elbow. Also, why can’t I open and close my arms/elbows say like casting a fishing rod. That kills me. Thanks.

  33. Shauna says:

    This did it! Thank you! I had been doing Kosama and developed a nasty case of tennis elbow. I’m a RN and do primary nursing, which involves a lot of heavy lifting. It got so bad that it was affecting my ability to work. I finally have relief and now want to get back to my Kosama workouts! 😊

  34. Daniel says:

    Hi …I’ve had a bad case of tennis elbow for about a week 1/2 … I just boughtan “OMRON electro therapy device for $50 something …it seems to have donesome good after just one 15minute session …I’ll let you know if it works …if not …I’ll try your methods. … have a blessed day

  35. John says:

    So two doctor visits, anti inflamatories, muscle relaxers, 4 chiropractor visits and 4 acupuncture visits couldn’t fix what your video fixed in two days. You are a god send sir. Thank you.

  36. Kelley says:

    I have had this elbow pain for about two months. It wakes me up in the middle of the night and I can’t even pick my arm up to roll over. Have to use my other hand to grab my arm and move it. ( how pathetic is that?). So I have been sitting here all night icing it, using heat, having my husband massaging my arm and nothing has worked. So I was desperate to make it stop or at least decrease this dull throbbing pain and I started digging around the internet and found this site. I dug into that muscle for about 10 minutes and then soaked my arm in Epsom salt and hot water for about 20. Low and behold the pain is gone!! It is seriously gone! I didn’t believe it would work, but it did! I am sure it will come back later tonight or tomorrow but at least I have a fairly easy way to eliminate it enough to get some sleep. I will just keep doing this and hopefully this elbow thing will disappear. Thank you, this was very helpful.

  37. Chris says:

    Have had what I believe to be tendonitis condition for over two years. Am constantly stretching but not used your massage techniques so will give this a go. I do notice that I am not in great pain as some mention on here but there was a good six month period where I couldn’t lift an iron (partner had to do the shirts!) instead of sharp pain my elbow feels fuzzy, crackles and pops. What concerns me most is that my wrist also feels the same and occasionally my shoulder,but rarely all three at the same time. I feel this is all connected. Will targeting the elbow with the massage help the other areas?

  38. Jason says:

    A great video I always thought I had something else other than tennis elbow I don’t play tennis. When you pointed to the spot in your elbow I knew I had tennis elbow.

  39. sal says:

    Does it have to be one or the other? Is their additional benefit by doing the exercises while wearing the patch and taking the pills? Soak your arm in epsom salts the day you don’t wear the patch? Like so many others I wish I had found this site earlier. About dry needling, I didn’t realize the certification process was so lax. I had it done three times and each time it became more painful to endure but it does provide relief. However, as soon as I start using light weights or the tyler twist bar at the lightest level, I begin to feel it again. I can get it to go away but not stay away.

    • Doug says:

      I would do it all. I’m not sure why the needling would be that painful – usually a dull ache at the most?

      If you can get it to go away but not stay away, I would say you need to give it more time without doing the offending activities. Also, you might continue at least some of the therapies well after it has “gone away” and/or as you begin to do things that normally give it trouble.

      Good luck!

      • sal says:

        Thanks so much for replying. No, dry needling was definitely more than a dull ache. My p/t said that clients often complain about dry needling when its done in the forearm more than say when the muscular knots are in the back or upper arm. I will combine all treatments then. I just didn’t know if the pills were duplicating anything that is in the FASTT patch. Sounds like its not a problem! Hope the sand is warm and the surf is high!

        • Doug says:

          Next time try a real acupuncturist ;-)

          • sal says:

            I really want to go to an acupuncturist but don’t have any word of mouth recommendations. Are there any things to look out for or red flags when picking one out of the blue?

          • Doug says:

            Ha! I was just being a snobby acupuncturist with that comment :-)

            When picking someone out of the blue, I would go with one that has been in business for a least 5 years and/or one that says they have positive experience treating your condition.

  40. samantha says:

    Thank you for the info on tennis elbow. I suffered from it for over a year and reinjured it a month ago. I did the massages your provided and soaked in Epsom salts, which really helped. Unfortunately, now I have plantar fasciitis. Do you think that the Tao Hong Si Wu Tang Wan pills may help with that as well since the fascia has a low blood supply?

    • Doug says:

      You can apply all the same therapies (including the Tao Hong Si Wu Tang) to plantar fasciitis. Be sure to (or have someone) get your calf loosened up with massage. You can do the cross-fiber manipulation to the painful areas on the foot also. Don’t be afraid to really dig hard – it will help a lot.

  41. LYNDA BOWEN says:

    In method one, how long should I take the pills (3o per day)? I have Plantars AND tennis elbow.

    • Doug says:

      I would do at least one small bottle (more or less one week’s worth). If you notice improvement but it’s still not resolved, I would recommend another bottle. The pills should help some with the plantar (fasciatis?) also.

  42. ibrahim says:

    Hey doug..
    i saw your website today and am gonna follow your instructions.. i know every person differ so do their pain and their cure.. i hope yours works for me… thank you for your valuable time and precious advice.

  43. Robert S says:

    Doug, I have had elbow issues since August 2014. Initially it was a sharp pain over the elbow point. Possibly bursitus. then had physio who used dry needling and advised me to various mobility exercises from September to November. Iit improved but only temporarily.

    Then in January 2015 I had 2 sessions with an osteopath: back, elbow, neck cracked. There was some improvement. However this changed my symptoms.

    February – march 2015 starting getting aching forearm muscles. March 2015 a consultant rheumatologist advised tennis elbow after digging his this thumb into the top side of my elbow.

    I spotted your site end of March 2015. So i stopped using frozen peas and anti inflammatory gels. have been doing the massage as shown in your video and am seeing huge improvement. The massage is very painful but worth it. April 14th today. It is one of the few times it hasnt woken me up overnight and it also isn’t so stiff, achy and sore in the morning.

    I will continue massaging and post another update.

    BIG THANKS. rob stephenson Uk

    Ps I dont use the hot hammer but I do use a hot coffee mug

    • Doug says:

      Wow, what a long horrible ordeal. So glad to hear that you are getting some relief now. Great idea with the hot coffee mug – that should work just fine.

  44. Mete says:

    I have tennis elbow for almost 2 years because of arm wrestling and workout. I finally feel like healing thanks to you.

    I am doing massage and hammer hits couple of times a day and using epsom salt in hot water.

    My question is should I keep doing my stretching and strengthing exercises as well? Because I feel like my veins or muscles got shorther and tighter.

    I really appreciate your interest, you are a real life superhero

    Thank you very much!

    • Doug says:

      Glad to hear that is it healing! If the stretching and strengthening make it feel better than go for it. If it aggravates it, do less or not at all.

      • Mete says:

        I wish I could have been given all the money to you instead of I spending for doctors and others. You deserve more than any of them.

        You are making the world better place sir, keep it up!

        • Doug says:

          Thanks! :-)

          • Mete says:

            Hello again Sir!

            Fortunately since my tennis elbow is almost gone, I would like to ask how can I avoid to get caught to this life breaker injury again? How did you end up with this for second time? What are things we should and shouldn’t do?


  45. Chelsea says:

    Hello! My fiancé has tennis elbow and I want to order him these Fasst patches you talk about to see if they will help him, as nothing else has (physical therapy, chiropractic, massage, Epsom sat soaks etc etc etc). You mentioned it takes 3-6 patches to do the trick. My question is, in order to work do they need to be done consecutively? Like if I order 3 and he uses them without enough relief could I just order another 3 and he could use them later and it would further his relief. Or would I have to start over, like order another 6 to do consecutively without a time gap in treatment for them to to work right? Because I just wanted to order 3 to try that out. Six seems a bit pricey when I am not sure if they will even work? I hope that all made sense, haha! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!

    • Doug says:

      Ideally they would be used consecutively for the total number of patches (48 hours on and 24 hours off), but I wouldn’t say that you would have to “start over” if you had a few extra days break after the 3rd patch.

      If it does seem to be working but you do think you would need another round of 3, just make sure he doesn’t do anything that might aggravate it during that time – no weight lifting, tennis, repetitive motions, etc.

      Despite it “not working,” I would still advise doing the self massage and Epsom salt soaks on the 24 hours off days.

      Good luck

      • Chelsea says:

        Thank you so much for the info! I was thinking that would be the case. Makes sense to do it all at once.
        Unfortunately, it is nearly impossible for him to go any amount of time without aggravating it as he cuts concrete for a living (operates very heavy saws and drills daily). I have been pushing him to ask his boss for light duty….hopefully he will after I order these so he can take some time to really heal up.
        Anyway, you have been very helpful, I certainly do appreciate you taking the time to answer my questions. I will certainly encourage him to continue the salt soak and massage along with the patches.

  46. Rose says:

    WOW. I just stumbled across your site on accident, and I watched the video and worked my arm like you were–and I found immediate relief! I can’t tell you how long I’ve suffered from “tennis elbow” over the years off and on — and I just want to thank you so much for posting the technique. I’m going to try that hammer technique soon too!



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