Allen Willette, Your Tennis Elbow Tutor
Here in this video I finally share the incredibly frustrating experience of my ‘Wrist Extensor Tenosynovitis’ injury 25 years ago, all my struggles and crazy attempts to recover from it…
Including my desperate foray into Bee Sting / Bee Venom Therapy – And how all of this led me to eventually specialize in treating tendon injuries myself, like Golfer’s Elbow and Tennis Elbow.
My passion for treating and teaching about Tennis Elbow began in 1990 when I developed a form of wrist/elbow Tendonitis very similar to Tennis Elbow. I was just starting my career in Bodywork and was working in a new ski-resort spa in Northern Vermont.
Within a year many of us ended up with some form of tendon injury from performing too many massage sessions in too short a time in the high-volume spa environment that none of us had any experience or endurance conditioning to prepare us for (especially an utterly green noob like me!)
At first I turned to the medical and Physical Therapy professionals for help, and followed the common wisdom and conventional treatments to the letter: Rest, Ice, Braces, Ultrasound, etc. – None of it helped in the slightest, and as month after month passed I grew increasing frustrated, desperate and disillusioned.
Keeping in mind there was no real Internet at that time so the only explanation (or better yet, “narrative”) available was the official medical inflammation model for “Tendonitis” (which I now refer to as the InflammaSCAM)
My final contact with the medical system was an exam and consult with an Orthopedic Surgeon, who simply declared that I did not have enough wrist-ligament stability to be a Massage Therapist and would have no chance of lasting in this occupation.
The bleak prognosis was emotionally devastating – but fortunately I don’t give up that easily.
Here it is 20 + years later and I’m still at it (although with the acknowledgement that the kind of Neuromuscular Therapy I now practice is certainly easier on my wrists than basic massage.)
Eventually I did recover but not until long after many more months of struggling and taking useless forays into increasingly desperate and radical remedy measures, the culmination of which was The BEES.
It was called “Bee Sting Therapy” and I’m not even going to waste ink or bytes describing the theory behind it. What it involved was getting a jar full of live honey bees and taking them out one at a time with tongs and getting them to sting me right over the tendons in question! (I know, I know – Don’t say it.)
This is not the hard part – Believe me the pi$%ed-off bees were more that happy to comply with the stinging! – And the pain was nothing. The hard part came later: Itching – on a level I had never experienced before or have ever since. It was what I imagine would be like the aftermath of having a picnic in a poison ivy patch.
And this was not a one-shot deal! Once the swelling and itching went down I was instructed to “rinse and repeat” ARRRGGGHHH!
I went through this cycle several times with the subsequent sleepless nights of itchy misery before finally running out of bees and throwing in the towel. Did it work? (Do you really need me to answer that?)
Since that time I’ve built up a body of knowledge about Tennis Elbow from the perspective of: How do muscles and tendons actually heal – and what can one do to support that healing process?
In contrast to the official medical model for Tennis Elbow, which for the most part hasn’t changed (on the clinical level) in over 20 years, and is still myopically focused on chasing symptoms (Anti-inflammatories, Ice, Cortisone shots, ect.) and, believe it or not, often ignoring the well-documented principles of healing.
About 10 years ago I published my Tendonitis Ebook “Manifesto” called ‘Escaping The Tendonitis Triple Trap,’ revealing the three most common treatment mistakes and explaining exactly why the conventional treatment model for Tennis Elbow Tendonitis has been a dismal failure.
This ebook resulted in an avalanche of local sufferers of various forms of Tendonitis, (especially Tennis Elbow) into my little clinic in Corte Madera, California, and treating Tennis Elbow has been my specialty ever since.
(And it seems ‘Triple Trap’ was inspiring on another level as well, since I’ve seen my own phrases on a number of other websites on the subject. Perhaps you have too.)
A few years ago I built my site, Tendon Academy, which you’ll still hear me reference in some of my videos here.
My intention was to create video self-help programs for several different types of Tendonitis, but since I’ve only gotten as far as Tennis Elbow, I recently decided to spin it off into a site all its own – so, as of March 2012, here we are…
I hope you find this site helpful. If you’re only just finding out that you have Tennis Elbow, my ebook, ‘Escaping The Tennis Elbow Triple Trap‘ may still be the best place to start.
If you have a really bad case of chronic Tennis Elbow you’ve been struggling with for months or years, there is a wealth of information here in the form of articles and videos, like the ‘Tendon Tutorial’ series, which you’ll get the password to by subscribing for a ‘Free Class Pass’
I will “warn” you that I do get into a lot of detail and, hey, I know you’ve got better things to do than to watch long videos about Tennis Elbow and tendon healing, but if Tennis Elbow were a simple problem and a quick and easy fix this website wouldn’t need to exist.
One of the biggest challenges I originally faced with my condition, and what I continue to see so many Tennis Elbow sufferers face is that there is a lot more to Tennis Elbow than the common wisdom would have you believe.
So many myths, misconceptions and potential mistakes – It’s a minefield.
Well, I hope I can help you side-step them,
Welcome to Tennis Elbow Classroom!
And your Tennis Elbow Tutor
About the Self-Help Membership Program
It’s a complete video-tutorial program for self-treating all the muscle and tendon causes of your Tennis Elbow (or Golfer’s Elbow) yourself at home – Here are the details: Tennis Elbow Classroom