In an acupuncture tennis elbow case study, doctors at the Mayo Clinic have discovered that acupuncture provides complete pain relief for 80% of the patients. Patients who have suffered tremendous pain for a prolonged period now have hope.
Tennis elbow occurs when tendons in the elbow suffer wear and tear from overuse and overload. The damaged tissue results in inflammation and severe pain. Pain radiates up and down the whole arm. Just lifting and trying to use a toothbrush can cause excruciating pain.
Heat therapy, tennis elbow braces or strap, cortisone injections and painkillers may provide temporary relief. However, they do not tackle the root cause of the pain. You may consider surgery.
Surgery does resolve the issue, but recovery time may be extended, leading to loss of income if your job involves extensive use of your arms. Acupuncture may be a more attractive treatment option, as it is non-invasive. Your tennis elbow condition may be completely treated after just four treatment sessions. During the session, your therapist inserts fine acupuncture needles into your muscle at the acupoints found around your affected elbow and forearm.
How does acupuncture tennis elbow treatment relieve pain so effectively? Acupuncture works by unblocking the Qi energy and blood flow to the damaged tendons in your elbow. Tennis elbow occurs because the Qi and blood flow to the tendons have been blocked.
Close to 80% of tennis elbow patients who undergo acupuncture can resume their normal daily activities. This is because the improved blood flow to the damaged tendons nourishes the damaged tissue. This facilitates faster healing. This shows that acupuncture for tennis elbow does work.
If you decide to treat your tennis elbow with acupuncture, be sure you do a thorough research. Ask people who have undergone acupuncture about their experience. Get satisfied patients to refer you to their acupuncturist. Check that the acupuncturist possesses the relevant certification and experience.
At your first visit, you will be asked to provide details of your health history and condition. The acupuncturist will check your pulse, observe your tongue’s shape, color and coating. He or she will then prescribe a tennis elbow treatment plan which is tailor-made for you.
Despite the use of needles, the treatment is not painful. Most of the time, six fine needles will be used. Your acupuncturist will gently insert the needles between 10 and 15 millimetres into your muscle around the affected elbow. Another needle will be inserted into your hand close to your thumb. You will need to keep still and allow the needles to be retained for about half an hour.
You will likely feel some relief after the first session. How often you need to be treated, and how many sessions you need in total will vary from person to person. So far, studies have shown that an average of four sessions will suffice.
You can discuss about the frequency and number of sessions needed with your acupuncturist before you begin treatment. Expect to pay about a hundred dollars per session.
You may also wish to check if your medical insurance covers the cost. Be mindful that not all insurance plans covers acupuncture treatments.
Side effects are uncommon. However, you may experience swelling and scarring. Infection may also set in. To keep the risk of side effects to a minimum, make sure you undergo treatment only with a certified and experienced practitioner.
Watch the video below to see how acupuncture is used to treat tennis elbow. You will learn where the acupuncture tennis elbow treatment points are.