Tennis Elbow / Lateral Epicondylitis
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, is caused by repetitive motion such as playing tennis, working as a massage therapist or typing on the computer a lot. Sometimes this diagnosis is given to a tear in the common extensor tendon of the forearm; other times this diagnosis is given when the tendon is simply inflamed. I will use a massage protocol designed for tennis elbow to help your body heal itself. The protocol includes massage, stretching and strengthening once the tear (if there is one) has healed.
As with golfer's elbow, due to the shape of the tear in a tennis elbow injury, the muscle is easily susceptible to re-injury. For this reason, I also recommend a follow-up massage for tennis elbow once you think you are pain free. This follow-up massage should be before you resume normal activity to ensure that your tear is properly healed. The follow-up session will include strengthening exercises that can help you determine if this torn muscle has healed properly and is truly ready for action again.