Shingo shares what he's learned about tennis elbow here, having had some trouble with it over the last year or so. He hasn't let it stop him!
Have you ever suffered from tennis elbow?
If so, you know how debilitating it can be. Generally accepted good advice is to stop playing tennis for a while, massage the elbow, and exercise to strengthen the affected area. However, people often don’t know what to do or what can be done to accelerate the healing process. Below is a list of generally recommended things you can do to alleviate or cure the symptom.
10 recommended things to do
(1) Heating (bath) and cooling (ice) the elbow (especially in the initial stage)
(2) Resting (at least 2 to 3 weeks)
This YouTube link is useful for general advice on how tennis players can stay healthy:
Here are some tools you can use:
My personal experience
Initially, after I felt the onset of tennis elbow, I stopped playing tennis, and started massaging and stretching the elbow (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_70oOs9dkwE&t=4s) while taking a bath (to warm the elbow) and icing the elbow with an ice pack on a daily basis. I did these things for nearly 6 weeks. Although the pain was alleviated, these actions didn’t completely cure my tennis elbow. Thus, I did a bit of research and started doing other things including: (1) exercises such as push-ups, (2) other strengthening exercises using a flex bar and resistance bands (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UMyhss4dsxM), and (3) massaging the muscles around the elbow using a massage gun and a TENS machine. Now, I can feel that I am getting somewhere with these exercises and massage tools. Although I cannot quantify the effects of all these measures, I feel that the flex bar and the TENS machine are particularly effective and useful to heal tennis elbow in my case.
In parallel, I am thinking about changing my racket setup. First, I will lower the tension of the string I am currently using for my racket, and if that doesn’t work, I will start searching for a softer string, such as a nylon multifilament string, suited to my taste (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m3u3Ng4twOo from Tennisnerd).
Hopefully, all these efforts will eventually result in curing my tennis elbow for good. Any other tips or advice for curing tennis elbow from your personal experiences are always welcome. Thank you for taking your time to read my article!
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