Massage Therapy for Elbow Pain
Pain at the elbow is most often caused by injuries to the tendons. Sometimes a muscle injury is involved as well, which may cause the pain to extend down the forearm.
There are other structures surrounding the elbow that can become strained and/or inflamed, but tendons and muscles cause the most troublesome problems. Pain felt on the lateral (outside) or medial (inside) side of the elbow is usually caused by tennis elbow or golfer’s elbow. A combination of deep tissue massage (to enhance circulation) and friction therapy of the tendon (to diminish adhesive scar tissue) is often an effective treatment for elbow pain.
Often times repetitive movements or nonstop gripping can put a strain on the tendons near your elbow. It can also stress your muscles and lead to tiny tears in your connective tissue. Do you experience difficulty doing ordinary things like opening a door, turning the steering wheel, raising your hand, carrying your purse or a suitcase? If the answer is yes, massage therapy by a trained professional therapist may help you.
Massage therapists do not diagnose medical conditions nor is this information intended to replace medical counsel. It is always advised to consult your physician first when you are seeking pain relief as there are many conditions with similar symptoms and some of them are life threatening and require medical attention.