Heal Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow — Watch
Heal, or at least get some relief from Tennis and Golfer’s Elbow. Watch the techniques at work. (Video Below.)
MOST OF us have at least one persistently chronic body part condition. Personally, I’m plagued by more than one, but today the focus is on the wrist/forearm/elbow complex that is commonly referred to as Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow.
These are two different things with names that come from the activities that tend to promulgate the physical condition.
Golfer’s Elbow is when the tendons that attach to the inner or medial part of the elbow are inflamed. It’s so named because the repetitive motion of golfing can wear on and eventually inflame these specific tendons. Of course, golf is not the only activity that can cause this condition; rather, anything that puts repetitive stress on the inner/medial elbow can give you this wonderful experience.
Tennis Elbow is when the tendons that attach to the outside or lateral part of the elbow are inflamed. Just as with Golfer’s Elbow, the repetitive actions, in this case hitting a tennis ball with a tennis ratchet, can inflame the outside tendons of the elbow. As with Golfer’s Elbow, tennis is not the only activity that can cause this condition.
On his very informative and useful web site, Dr. Ben Kim illustrates these two elbow-centric inflammations with several pictures, two of which I copy here:
If you’ve ever experienced the pain and tenderness of either condition, you know that they interfere with any physical activity utilizing the forearms and elbows, particularly weight-bearing exercises.
In the video below, I demonstrate Dr. Kim’s suggestions for relieving the tightness and inflammation of Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow, but do read his How to Keep Your Elbows, Forearms, and Wrists Healthy, which are full of pictures of his suggested exercises with detailed descriptions of each.