In this video, Coach / Kinesiologist, Eric Wong of Precision Movement demonstrates three exercise techniques for treating Tennis Elbow.
Eric has specialized in training combat athletes, including national level amateur boxers, UFC and other fighters.
In the video description, he warns against the risks of “over stretching” – which he claims can cause further damage.
And he seems to prioritize the strengthening of the wrist and finger extensor muscle group as the primary way to treat and overcome Tennis Elbow.
I would have to agree that the classic, “common wisdom” style of stretching is way too aggressive and risky when you have Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow.
(That method almost always involves holding a given stretch for 20 or 30 seconds – or sometimes even longer.)
But I don’t think the gentle, more sensible (safer) method I teach in my programs poses any risk.
More importantly, though, I differ in my perspective and approach when it comes to the sequencing and prioritizing of exercises.
Physical Therapy in general, and most Physical Therapists / Physiotherapists, Athletic Coaches and Trainers usually seem to recommend starting Tennis Elbow rehab Exercises early on.
See my Article on Tennis Elbow rehab Exercise Strategy for my reasoning behind this.
The short version is that this approach seems to cause far too many flare ups, re-injuries and unnecessary struggles for TE and GE sufferers.
I find that deferring exercise and waiting until progress has first been made toward healing – and symptoms are down significantly, is the best approach for most.
I believe the best way to do this is through self massage and here’s more on that:
To be clear, I’m not saying there is anything inherently wrong with the exercises Eric demonstrates in the video.
Not at all!
The first exercise does look like trouble for anyone who currently has a lot of symptoms or who flares up easily, I have to say.
But it does look like a great exercise for more advanced sufferers who have already made some progress treating and strengthening, though!
It’s just a matter of timing!
The second exercise, the classic Eccentric-Only Wrist Extensor Exercise is considered the ‘Gold Standard’ in Tennis Elbow rehab.
And the claim by the experts is that it’s a safer, more effective rehab exercise.
I believe that’s true, but I still believe rehab exercise are best deferred and not begun too early when one still has a lot of symptoms.
For more about my self-help programs, see below.
Learn To Treat And Heal Your Own Tennis Elbow Or Golfer’s Elbow At Home With This Video Program
I’ll be your personal tutor guiding you through step-by-step video lessons, where you’ll get the therapy techniques, key stretches and essential exercises you need to treat and recover from your injury at home. (Without any special equipment.)
Tennis Elbow sufferers: Learn more about the home program here
Golfer’s Elbow sufferers: Learn more about the home program here