Here’s How To Relieve Tennis Elbow Pain in 2 Minutes
Fun fact: Most people who experience tennis elbow pain don’t actually play tennis.
According to the American Physical Therapy Association, less than 5% of tennis elbow cases occur among tennis players. This means the condition can be experienced by anyone who uses their hands and elbows repeatedly: office workers, badminton players, painters, golfers, gamers, DIY enthusiasts - anybody.
That being said, how exactly do you get relief from tennis elbow pain?
We’ll definitely get to that in this article. But first...
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis elbow is the common term for a medical condition known as lateral epicondylitis. It’s a form of chronic injury caused by strain and inflammation of the muscles around the forearm and elbow joint.
Pain is usually felt outside of the elbow and around the upper part of the forearm, and is often more intense when bending the arm or lifting. People that have tennis elbow also find it difficult to turn handles, hold pens or open jars. Even extending the forearm is painful.
Oh and just a quick side note here to clarify some terms:
Tennis Elbow - pain radiates from OUTSIDE the elbow to the forearm and wrist
Golfer’s Elbow - pain from INSIDE the elbow when making a fist, twisting the forearm, lifting the hand or wrist.
2.1. Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
2.2. Cortisone Shots
What Causes Tennis Elbow?
Any activity that uses repetitive hand movement causes tennis elbow. This would involve repeated hand motions in different professions: butchers, musicians, dentists, and carpenters Or having a bad backhand stroke at badminton or tennis; a bad swing technique at golf. You get the idea.
The overworked muscles get inflamed and causes enough pain that can make even holding a pen complete torture. Often people just hope that the pain will eventually go away - the problem is, tennis elbow pain that’s left untreated can lead to significant functional disability for years.
The hot, shooting pain becomes so persistent that it threatens careers - forcing people to quit their jobs and drastically adjust their lifestyles, just to try to live around the condition.
How to Treat Tennis Elbow
Common ways most people do to relieve tennis elbow pain include:
Let’s take it a step further and go over these treatment options in detail.
While the main benefit is to quickly get relief from tennis elbow pain - like any other type of surgery - the procedure is expensive and comes with risks.
There’s risk of nerve damage, infection or blood loss, and even breathing problems that come with being put under general anaesthesia. Worse - surgery may not even solve the problem completely and the debilitating pain would come back.
Non Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs)
Despite the popularity of this treatment, a recent study published by the the Journal of the American Medical Association, found that half of the patients getting cortisone shots for pain had experienced a return of the symptoms in less than a year, which isn’t great for patients that have to endure multiple injections in an already painful body part.
Deep tissue massages to the forearm is widely recommended by the medical community as it is an effective, non-invasive approach to relieving tennis elbow pain. Furthermore, a recent study by Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School in Newark, USA has shown massage therapy to provide long-term pain relief compared to cortisone shots.
Unfortunately, not everyone has the time or resources to get professional massages on a regular basis. Apart from health and safety directives that still require most people to practice social distancing, professional massage therapy often costs hundreds of dollars per session - pricey for many patients.
There is, however, an alternative and one that you can do in just 2 minutes…
Enter the deep tissue massage gun. Simply put, it’s a handheld muscle recovery device that provides the same benefits as an actual massage from a therapist. I mean - technology has pretty much automated everything in our lives - why not physical therapy, right?
The first massage gun was said to have been developed by Los Angeles-based Chiropractor Dr. Jason Wersland back in 2008 to help him recover from a motorcycle accident. Although massage guns have only recently made waves in the medical and wellness scene, there’s a good reason these devices are becoming a must-have in every person’s recovery and wellness arsenal: they work.
How does a massage gun work?
Deep tissue massage guns like the HYDRAGUN use percussive force to drive healing vibrations deep into muscle tissue.
This stimulates healthy blood flow, loosening up tight muscles and providing instant pain relief, minus the hassles and cost of going to a physical therapist; and without the risks and side effects of surgery or taking NSAIDs.
Hydragun in particular is very intuitive to use so it’s easy to incorporate it in your tennis elbow recovery routine.
How to use a massage gun to relieve tennis elbow pain (in 2 minutes)
For relief of tennis elbow pain using the HYDRAGUN, follow these easy steps:
- Pick a massage head attachment. For tennis elbow pain we recommend the standard foam ball attachment.
- Turn on the HYDRAGUN - we recommend starting at the lowest speed setting.
- Identify the painful area around your elbow and gently apply the HYDRAGUN on it. Don’t press the massage gun on your skin - just let it float and do its work - moving it up and down the area for 15 seconds.
- Slowly move down to the forearm and gently move the HYDRAGUN back and forth for 30 seconds.
- Move HYDRAGUN to your triceps and gently massage up and down for 15 seconds.
- Finally, move HYDRAGUN to your biceps and massage for another 15 seconds.
After the massage, gently bend your elbows and stretch your arm to
further reduce muscle stiffness and improve your flexibility.
Factors to consider when buying a massage gun
There’s two main factors you need to consider when buying a deep
tissue massage gun:
2. Noise Level
Let’s go over these two factors…
Massage Gun Strength
A massage gun’s strength is determined by its amplitude (how deep the “punching” motion goes) and speed. But there’s a trade-off between these two.
Because of the way massage guns are designed, a higher amplitude - meaning a punchier, more intense massage means a slower massage gun. A faster massage gun means having a lower amplitude - meaning a gentler massage.
This is why there are massage guns that have higher amplitudes (up to 14mm) and much slower speeds (2400ppm). These devices work well for professional athletes and bodybuilders that require an intense massage to release muscle tension, but not something that an everyday, tennis elbow-pain-suffering person might be able to endure.
HYDRAGUN - with its 12mm amplitude and 3200ppm is specifically designed so that both athletes and everyday users can benefit from its deep tissue massage.
It has 6-speed settings so patients using it for tennis elbow pain can gradually adjust the intensity and choose a massage intensity that is comfortable for them, and helps speed up recovery.
Massage Gun Noise Level
With a noise level ranging from 40-50dB (softer than a normal conversation), HYDRAGUN is by far the quietest massage gun in the market.
Need proof? Watch this sound comparison video between HYDRAGUN and a leading massage gun brand. The difference will shock you:
HYDRAGUN uses SmoothDrive™️ technology for its motor, and it’s sleek one-piece body is made of Aerospace-grade aluminum which effectively insulates the sound of the motor, while keeping the device lightweight.
HYDRAGUN is so quiet that many people actually use it while watching TV or while attending a Zoom meeting. Compared to other brands in the market, HYDRAGUN not only provides effective deep tissue massages, it’s quietness helps promote relaxation which is an important part of tennis elbow pain recovery.
But you don’t have to take our word for it. Check out what customers have to say about their HYDRAGUN experience:
"Good quality, easy to use, and effective for tense muscles"
"Love the product. Have been using it for few months already.
Very effective, very silent and easy to operate."
"After a few weeks of use I can say Hydragun has definitely helpes with my chronic neck and shoulder pain. I’m a photographer, and I haul around hefty camera gear when I shoot and sit in front of the computer when I’m editing, shich all takes a toll on my neck and shoulders. I now use Hydragun as a routine after a day’s work, and it’s quiet enough that I can use while watching TV. I feel instantly relieved after a few minutes of using Hydragun."
"I love this recovery tool I have been using on my 1 on 1 PT clients and myself. They love it and one of my clients wants to purchase one."
So you see - while tennis elbow is common even among non-athletes, being limited to what you can do because of pain shouldn’t be. Fortunately, there’s a safe, non-invasive and effective way to get you back on track: the HYDRAGUN deep tissue massage gun.