Massage Treatment For Chronic Tennis Elbow

Self massage for tennis elbow brings relief from tennis elbow pain. A simple massage tennis elbow technique that you can perform on yourself is called cross fiber friction massage. The main purpose of this tennis elbow self massage is to improve the blood flow to the damaged tissues which will aid in the healing process.

The cross fiber friction massage technique starts out slowly, gently and progresses into deeper tissue massage as the outer muscle fibers soften and relax. Gradually, you will have access to the second and third layer of muscle. Cross fiber friction massage helps to release and restore sore and inflamed forearm muscles that are contributing to your tennis elbow pain.

Here are the steps for tennis elbow massage relief:

  • Unlike other forms of massage, do not use any oils, creams or lotions on your skin.
  • Measure an area out from your elbow about 3 inches along your forearm.
  • Use your forefinger and middle finger to massage across the muscle fibers of your forearm.
  • Go across the “grain” of your forearm muscles.
  • How much pressure to use? Aim for a “pain tolerance” level of about 6 on 1-10 pain scale.
  • Increase the pressure over time as your muscles start to heal and repair.
  • Do this everyday for 10-20 minutes at a time.

    The severity of your tennis elbow pain should decrease over time as the muscles and tendons which cause your elbow inflammation and pain start to repair.

The Cross fiber friction massage technique starts out slowly, gently and progresses into deeper tissue massage as the outer muscle fibers soften and relax, allowing the second and third layer of muscle to be accessed. Cross fiber friction massage helps to release and restore sore and inflamed forearm muscles that are contributing to your tennis elbow pain.

Watch the video below to learn how to treat tennis elbow with massage:

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