A Natural Approach To Health
Living With Tennis Elbow
Tennis elbow is soreness or pain on the outer part of your elbow.
It happens when you damage the tendons connecting the muscles of your forearm to your elbow.
The pain may spread down your arm to your wrist.
If you don’t treat the injury, it may hurt to do simple things like turn a key or open a door.
Most of the time tennis elbow is caused by overuse.
You usually get it from doing activities where you twist your arm over and over.
This can stress the tendon, causing tiny tears which in time lead to pain.
A direct blow to the outer elbow can also cause tendon damage.
Tennis elbow is common in tennis players, but most people get it from other activities working the same muscles, like gardening, painting, or using a screwdriver.
It’s often the result of using equipment that’s the wrong size or using it the wrong way.
Anyone can get tennis elbow.
You can start treating tennis elbow at home right away.
>Rest your arm, and avoid any activity making the pain worse.
>As soon as you notice pain, use ice or cold packs for 10-15 minutes at a time, several times a day.
>Wear a counterforce brace when you need to grasp or twist something. This is a strap around your forearm worn around your forearm just below the elbow.
After the pain eases, you can do exercises to stretch and strengthen your tendon.
Doing these exercises at home can help your tendon heal and can prevent further injury.
To avoid damaging your tendon again:
>Take lessons or ask a trainer to check the way you’re doing your activity. If the way you use a tool is the problem, try switching hands or changing your grip.
>Always take time to warm up before and stretch after you exercise.
>After the activity, apply ice to prevent pain and swelling.
You’ll probably feel better in a few weeks, but it may take 6-12 months for the tendon to heal. In some cases, the pain lasts for 2 years or longer.
To deal with tennis elbow it’s helpful to:
*Drink 6-8 cups of purified water every day to hydrate your cells.
*Discover and avoid triggers.
*Exercise regularly, but start slow.
*Breathe deeply to oxygenate cells.
*Alfalfa is extremely helpful for inflammation; take throughout the day; try as a tea.
*EFAs (Omega 3, flaxseed oil, fish oil) help lubricate joints and decrease inflammation.
*Avoid nightshade vegetables, like peppers, tomato, eggplant, and potato.
*Try Epsom salt baths.
*Try hot castor oil packs (apply white cotton dipped in warmed castor oil, cover with plastic wrap, cover with heating pad if desired for up to 2 hours).
*Test for heavy metal toxicity.
*Try Kombucha Tea.
*Fresh, raw pineapple and papaya contain bromelain, an anti-inflammatory enzyme.
*Consider liver support and/or a liver cleanse.
*Avoid MSG and artificial sweeteners because they are neurotoxins.
*EZ-Gest between meals may be helpful to ease inflammation.
*Have chiropractic or osteopathic evaluation/treatment.
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