Acupuncture For Tennis Elbow
Acupuncture can be used to effectively treat the pain associated with tennis elbow (epicondylitis).
Tennis elbow is an inflammation of the forearm muscles and tendons, which is caused by repeated twisting of the wrist or frequent rotation of the forearm, and can lead to weakened grip and elbow pain.
Tennis elbow may occur to all those who participate in leisure or work activities that require repetitive arm, elbow and wrist movements. Tennis elbow pain results from the subtle or abrupt tearing of muscles and tendons around the lateral side of the elbow.
Traditional treatment of tennis elbow consists of therapies such as braces, steroid injections, corticosteroid injections for pain relief, topical nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and physical therapy, the majority of which may relieve pain but do not prevent reoccurrence.
Health care practitioners may utilize a wide array of modalities, given the range of therapeutic options. Many patients attempt to cure their tennis elbow through conventional means, with some patients trying multiple therapies without success before trying acupuncture. Patients may endure months of pain before acupuncture therapy.
Acupuncture may be used as a primary treatment for tennis elbow. Acupuncture promotes healing by increasing blood flow. Acupuncture induces muscle and tendon relaxation around the elbow joint and improves energy while reducing pain, enhancing the body’s natural healing abilities. Many acupoints are near nerves. When stimulated through acupuncture, these nerves release endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers.
In addition to acupuncture therapy applied to the hand and elbow areas, a Chinese herb called moxa may be applied to warm the area, reduce pain, and improve blood circulation.
Acupuncture not only relieves the symptoms of tennis elbow, but also can resolve the condition. Acupuncture therapy health benefits tend to last longer than conventional methods such as medications and braces.
Patients can return to normal activities after as few as eight to ten therapy sessions, with pain relief occurring after as few as two treatments. Those who experience elbow pain should seek treatment as soon as possible to prevent further injury