Having practiced in remedial massage for almost 16 years I have seen a huge range of musculoskeletal problems.  Definitely up there in my top 5 would be tennis elbow or, on the odd occasion, golfers elbow.

To say this is debilitating condition for some is a bit of an understatement.  Usually clients come to see me when then can no longer make themselves a cup of tea!  Desperate times I’m sure you would agree.

The condition manifests itself in pain that occurs on the outside of your elbow (lateral epicondyle) and inhibits the use of your hand gripping and rotation movements.

How does it happen?

Contrary to popular belief it is not just tennis players who get this (and many tennis players don’t despite the name).

Main cause – repetition of a movement.  Inflammation builds up in the muscles that carry out the actions of gripping and rotation causing micro-trauma. Things like using a mouse, hammering, sewing etc and the list goes on.


Sometimes it can be caused by a direct trauma; trip, fall or being hit by something.

I have seen many people try various things; special grip bands, cream, injections or get told it will go away itself.

In my experience remedial massage provides a fantastic healing environment in order for the muscle to mend.

By using massage you can:

  • Improve circulation
  • Increase mobility
  • Reduce pain
  • Relax muscle
  • Facilitate repair

All of which support the process of treating tennis elbow at the root cause.

Many people are quite happy to put up with pain!  What I would say to that is your body is then constantly dealing with the injury in order to keep you going.  If you continually have to fight infection, or injury, you have to take from somewhere else in the body.  In turn you weaken your immune system because pain can affect a multitude of body systems such as your sleep.  So if pain is affecting you during the night your physiological and psychological repair times are being disrupted and the vicious circle continues.

When your body expresses pain – listen and take the appropriate action.  Little things like tennis elbow can cause big disruptions to everyday life.

For more info please contact myself on 07834279446 or sam@ladieslunchandlunges.co.uk