What’s the best remedy, cure or treatment for Tennis Elbow? Anti-inflammatories? Icing? Braces and bands?… Lotions, potions, and gimmick devices… What about the painful Cortisone shot?
There are stages of healing that every injury has to go through, but do these “treatments” help this healing process – Or do they only cover up your pain and other symptoms?
Pills, Ice, Braces, Cortisone shots – Why None of These So-called Tennis Elbow Treatments Help
If you’ve had Tennis Elbow longer than a few weeks, I’m sure you’re already starting to realize – the answer to “What’s the best treatment?” is certainly NONE of the above!
These so-called remedies are nothing but “quick fixes” that cover up your pain and other symptoms!
Worst of all, the more you rely on them – the more they can slow down your recovery, or even make your Tennis Elbow worse – And that’s no exaggeration.
Of course, I understand you may not know what else to do. And it’s not your fault if you’ve been given a lot of bad advice.
Let me repeat that: “It’s not your fault” – After all, who could blame you for going along with the crowd and taking the standard medical approach. It’s only natural to expect that the medical experts and other “authorities” will know what the best, proven treatments are and tell you!
It’s just common wisdom – Right?
Except that Tennis Elbow can be extremely, stubbornly resistant to almost everything: Conventional treatments, remedies and so-called cures alike – In other words, they don’t work – Why is that?
In large part because most of it is based on medical myths and outdated ideas that never seem to change.
My name is Allen Willette – I treat Tennis Elbow every day, very successfully – and my mission is to give you solid info, you can count on for a change. About causes not just symptoms… About healing not just pain relief, and to teach you key facts, and not just make you outrageous claims and promises.
So, let’s forget about all the tips, tricks, tactics and quick fixes for a minute, (whether medical or the Internet variety) – and ask ourselves the real question:
What’s the best way to help Tennis Elbow HEAL – 100%?
Assuming what you really want is not just temporary pain and symptomatic relief – but to help your injury heal – To break the vicious cycle once and for all… Wouldn’t you agree the best place to start should be with understanding how the healing process of your muscles and tendons works?
Then you can choose the best treatment to HELP it heal – Rather than getting fooled into chasing your symptoms with all those quick fixes.
So, briefly, there are 3 stages or “steps” your body takes in its healing process after you’re injured…
The first Stage of healing is Inflammation
Believe it or not, inflammation is a natural part of healing, whether you scrape your knee, tear a muscle or injure a tendon…
And if they’re still telling you that chasing and suppressing your inflammation with drugs, ice, creams and shots will help your Tennis Elbow heal, I have news for you.
As crazy as it sounds, they’re basically telling you to do the opposite of what will help your healing process!
You might also want to watch my video: Tossing The Tendonitis Myth debunking this fallacy about inflammation being the cause or problem with Tennis Elbow.
The next step in your healing process is the ‘Repair Stage’
The ‘Repair Stage’ involves Scar Tissue, which you can’t really avoid if you have any damage that involves tearing.
That’s not to say that everyone with Tennis Elbow symptoms has torn muscles or tendons, but if you have some tearing (and Scar Tissue from it) the key is all in HOW you deal with it.
It’s so important to release, minimize and strengthen that scar tissue.
This is such a critical area I can’t do a proper job of explaining everything about it here – especially when it comes to the third stage of healing, which is called ‘Remodeling’
Since I have an article and video that covers the Repair and Remodeling stages of healing I’m going to hold off on more detail on that for now… Let’s cut to the chase, and cover what I believe is the most important treatment to help Tennis Elbow sufferers heal 100%…
For the fastest, fullest recovery you need three things:
The first, and by far the most important treatment is hand’s-on muscle AND tendon therapy
I don’t mean simple massage, although that’s a start. I’m really talking about more specific, focused therapies.
And here’s a key point, muscles and tendons heal somewhat differently, and if you want to get the maximum treatment benefit, you need different therapy techniques:
- To release sticky scar tissue,
- To release chronic muscle tension,
- And to stimulate tendon healing.
What the heck do I mean by “stimulate tendon healing?”
Well, to really answer that properly I have to recommend that other article and the video I mentioned earlier… It’s about that Scar Tissue issue – and how muscles and tendons have different healing “challenges” and benefit from different therapy techniques to help them.
In the video I draw it all out on a whiteboard for you – which really helps you visualize it – It’s called “Healing Tennis Elbow”
The video is free to subscribers along with the other 3 videos in the ‘Tendon Tutorial’ series. At the end of this article you’ll see a place to subscribe and get free access to these videos and my free ebook. Here’s the video: Healing Tennis Elbow
And here’s the article if you want to read instead:
The second most important treatment, is a very special stretch
This method stretches your muscles very briefly, without putting too much strain on your TENDONS…
Sounds pretty simple, but almost everyone is teaching you how to stretch in a risky way that could make your injury worse. Don’t HOLD the stretch, is what I’m saying.
The third most important treatment is exercise
You may have already learned few basic forearm muscle exercises. The problem is most Tennis Elbow sufferers shouldn’t be doing ANY of them until they’ve started getting muscle and tendon therapy or learning how to do it themselves.
The reason is that so many aggravate their injuries trying to do exercises too soon.
Here’s the really KEY thing you may not hear anywhere else… The healing and repair process can stall at any point – and it can remain stalled, or shall we say, “dormant” for months or even years.
THAT’s the real challenge so many with Tennis Elbow have to overcome.
And the best way to deal with it – is hands-on therapy – Direct, skilled, physical manipulation of your muscles and tendons to release the “scar tissue” and jump-start the stalled healing process. There’s no substitute for it
But the GOOD news is you can easily learn to do it yourself, and I have just the program to teach you – especially if you can’t afford to see a therapist like me, or don’t know where to find one that’s so specialized.
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