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Does your elbow and forearm hurt every time you grip an object or bend and extend your elbow? If it does, you may have tennis elbow. We offer holistic treatment options for tennis elbow that include chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy.
Tennis Elbow Causes and Symptoms
Tennis elbow is a form of tendonitis. The official medical name is lateral epicondylitis. It occurs when the outside ligament of the elbow becomes inflamed or acquires tiny tears. It causes pain in the elbow, forearm and hand, and the pain is generally worse when performing tasks that require flexing the elbow and performing fine motor skills, including writing and holding silverware.
Tennis elbow received its name because tennis players often acquire this sports injury, but it can occur in anyone that performs tasks that require repeatedly gripping items and bending the elbow, including plumbers, gardeners, golfers, landscapers and maids.
Chiropractic Care for Tennis Elbow
Chiropractic care can successfully treat tennis elbow by reducing inflammation and pain and helping your body heal itself.
If your elbow is out of alignment, even by a fraction of a millimeter, it can cause the joint to move incorrectly, which places undue stress on the ligaments that attach the muscle of the forearm to the elbow. Chiropractic adjustments can restore the proper alignment of your elbow, reduce pain and inflammation and encourage proper movement of the joint.
Massage therapy helps relax the muscles and ligaments, promotes the release of lactic acid, which causes pain after physical exertion, and it helps improve blood flow throughout the body. When injured areas are relaxed and receiving the proper amount of blood flow, nutrients are more easily absorbed and recovery times are reduced.
Wellness care is a comprehensive approach to healing current injuries and preventing future injuries. These sessions involve evaluating your diet to remove unhealthy foods and to encourage the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean meats. When your body receives the right kinds of foods, it is better able to heal itself.
Additionally, we may recommend therapeutic exercises to help stretch the muscle in your forearm, encourage proper movement of your arm and elbow and strengthen your forearm. When injuries occur, often times, the muscles become weak, which paves the way for future injuries and pain.
When chiropractic adjustments, massage therapy and wellness care are combined during the treatment of tennis elbow, pain and inflammation are dramatically reduced and true healing takes place, which reduces the likelihood of future injuries and permanently reduces discomfort so that you can get back to your healthy and active lifestyle.
To get started on the path to healing, health and wellness, call our office at 615-661-4101. Our chiropractor in Brentwood can effectively diagnose your tennis elbow and recommend a course of treatment that will heal the injury and reduce the chance of future injuries.
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