Whether you play tennis, paint, rake, knit or type, repetitive arm movements or nonstop gripping can put a strain on your tendons. It can also stress your muscles and lead to tiny tears in your connective tissue.
Tennis elbow, or lateral epicondylitis, makes it difficult to do ordinary things like hold a pencil, turn the steering wheel, raise your hand, grip a hammer, open a door or carry a suitcase. The point where tendons connect to your outside elbow bone becomes painful and tender, and the pain might extend into your wrist or upper arm.
WebMD notes that the recovery period for tennis elbow will vary from person to person, and that it can last for weeks or even months. However, body work - such as massage therapy - can make a difference.
The professional massage therapists at Massage Envy are experienced in using massage to help lengthen muscles, loosen scar tissue and provide deep pain relief, all of which is beneficial for injuries caused by overuse.
Sports Massage Therapy
While every type of massage is effective in improving circulation and boosting relaxation, which is encouraged by the release of serotonin that works as a natural pain-killer and mood-booster, Sports Massage can be particularly effective for people whose tennis elbow is literally a result of playing tennis.
Your Sports Massage therapist can focus specifically on the troublesome area, helping relieve pain as well as promoting flexibility and reducing muscle soreness with a massage provided either before or after exercise.