4 Ways to Relieve Tennis Elbow Acupuncture Brisbane
December 8, 2015
December 8, 2015
Tennis elbow is a commonly caused by overuse of arm, forearm, and hand muscles that results in elbow pain. As the term itself describes, it is often seen in tennis players.
Tennis elbow is caused by either abrupt or subtle injury of the muscle and tendon area around the outside of the elbow. Tennis elbow specifically involves the area where the muscles and tendons of the forearm attach to the outside bony area (called the lateral epicondyle) of the elbow. (webmd)
The GP will generally prescribe painkillers if the symptoms are bad but generally aside from that, no further care is given or suggested.
There are several things you can do once you start to feel symptoms of tennis elbow:
1) Heat Pack
Since tennis/golfer’s elbow is caused by inflammation of the surrounding ligaments and or tendons, it is generally a good idea to keep a warm heat pack when possible. The heat helps circulate blood and reduce inflammation.
Often times, activities such as golf, tennis, and strenuous activity may be re-injuring the tendons and ligaments. Stop doing whatever activity may be aggravating the tennis elbow. Contrary to popular saying: “pain is weakness leaving the body.” It often times is not. Pain is your body telling you to stop before it gets worse.
A 2012 study conducted by the Journal of American Medical Association concluded that acupuncture is a good option for patients suffering form chronic pain. Recent research has also shown that acupuncture works on the brain’s limbic system controling the body’s pain signals stopping pain.Acupuncture is very effective in treating tennis elbow is very commonly treated in our acupuncture Brisbane clinic. Hair thin sterilised needles are placed at different points throughout the body in order to relieve pain and increase blood flow to the affected area.
In the video below, we talk about a Tennis Elbow Acupuncture Brisbane case study. This patient never had acupuncture before and decided to try because he was having pain in the elbow and it was affecting his performance on the golf course.
After the first treatment the pain disappeared for several days but came back less severe. By the third treatment it was about 85% gone.
4) Zheng Gu Shui Liniment
Zheng Gu Shui is traditionally used in Chinese Medicine for sports injuries and helping strained muscles heal and is especially helpful for Tennis Elbow. The main ingredient in Zheng gu shui is pseudogensing and other good circulating herbs.When applied, Zheng Gu Shui stops the pain and quickly starts the healing process.For broken bones and fractures, it can actually speed the regeneration of broken bone tissue. That does not mean it is unnecessary to see a doctor (one should always seek medical attention for an injury), but applying the formula to an injury right away before seeing the doctor will help with the pain. 
Bob Wong currently maintains an acupuncture practice in the Brisbane area and lectures at the Endeavour College of Natural Health. For more information you can read his full bio or schedule andappointment.