A deeper look at the nature of Tennis Elbow tendon pain and injury
If Tennis Elbow is just an irritated, inflamed tendon at your elbow "Tendonitis" – or even a minor tendon tear – WHY doesn’t it get better with a little ice, a little rest and a few anti-inflammatories?
Clearly, there must be more to your elbow pain than it seemed at first, (especially if you've been in pain several months!) so let’s take a closer look… (Previous video: What is Tennis Elbow? )
Since the essence of the typical, chronic Tennis Elbow injury is usually TendinOSIS not TendonITIS - (Degeneration, not inflammation) this makes a huge difference when it comes to choosing the right treatment approach and program.
Tendinosis Is A Very Different Kind Of Injury
The first key to healing your elbow injury and relieving the pain starts with understanding that it’s usually NOT the kind of injury it’s so often described as.
It’s usually not an ‘acute’ injury – like a cut, tear, sprain, strain or fracture – In other words, it’s not a sudden crisis. (Often even when it feels like one!)
Why does this matter so much? Because it completely changes how you need to treat it.
It means that you pretty much need to do the complete opposite of what they usually tell you to do.
And sometimes not even doing the right exercises is enough (by itself) to heal and recover from it.
What you’re usually up against is a sneaky, degenerative condition that creeps up on you very gradually.
The Essence of Tennis Elbow = Stagnation
For a long time now I’ve been trying to clearly describe what the essence of Tennis Elbow IS – To distill it down to a simple concept.
And then the other day I suddenly thought of the word that gets to the root of this incredibly aggravating, painful and sometimes debilitating injury…
What I pictured was a pool of stagnant water; it’s not flowing, there’s little or no oxygen in it – And it smells pretty nasty; kind of rotten.
Well, that’s pretty much what’s going on in our tendons when we have Tennis Elbow. (If it’s a moderate to severe case, anyway.)
- The tissue is stuck and stagnant,
- There isn’t good circulation,
- The healing process is failing,
Instead of healing it’s gradually breaking down or even rotting, so to speak. I’m sorry – I know that’s not a nice image and I’m not trying to be scary and dramatic!
That’s just basically how the medical researchers describe it. Technically, they call it Tendin-OSIS.
Tennis Elbow Is Usually TendinOSIS – NOT Tendonitis: It’s Not Inflammation Causing The Pain
The “OSIS” at the end of Tendinosis means that it’s more of a degenerative condition.
So, first of all, forget about this Tendon-ITIS theory. (Lateral Epicondylitis) You can stop worrying about inflammation and inflamed tendons, because Tennis Elbow is usually not inflammatory.
What it also means is: Forget all about these references to a 2 to 4 or 3 to 6 week time frame they often give you for recovering from Tennis Elbow.
This time frame for healing assumes it’s an acute injury – It assumes it’s TendonITIS – that’s it’s supposedly inflamed.
As I’ve said, inflammation is part of your healing process – And if your tendon is a little inflamed that would be a good thing! Because at least it would be in the process of healing.
But, since most Tennis Elbow sufferers don’t actually have inflamed tendons/Tendonitis – and healing isn’t happening…
What they really need is not to try and chase the ghost of inflammation away – but to reverse that process of stagnation and degeneration at the root of the problem.
And that may even mean causing some inflammation in the process!
Look at it this way – Your tendons are either:
- In the process of healing (which involves inflammation at first)
- Nothing is happening / little or no healing (think stagnation)
- Or worse, it’s going the other way / breaking down (degeneration)
Therapy That Breaks The Cycle Of Stagnation And Helps Tennis Elbow Truly Heal
The good news is my program should help you at whatever stage you may be at.
If you have a really mild case you should be able to recover fairly quickly.
But if you have a more severe – or even a typical / moderately bad case of Tennis Elbow you’re going to need a little more patience dealing with it… (Especially if it’s Tendinosis.)
In that case, I think it will be a big help to have the support of someone like me, who actually treats people clinically.
I know for a fact that you can heal and recover fully from this kind of injury – it just takes time, persistence AND the right therapy!
The right therapy is the missing link – and in my opinion, it has to include hand’s-on treatment of your muscles and tendons.
It’s the best way I know of to reverse that stagnation we’ve been talking about.
- You need to get deep into your muscles and tendons and physically break up and release that stuckness – And all the scar tissue that’s often there…
- You need to stimulate circulation and healing – with pressure and friction – and break that cycle of degeneration!
Ideally not with just general massage (which is still okay) – But with something I have that’s a lot more focused and effective.
It’s the most important technique I teach my members here at Tennis Elbow Classroom, and I’ll show you how. All you need to do is join, log in – and follow along with the videos... Check it out, and I hope to see you in class!
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