Can Bowen Therapy Relieve Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow also known as Lateral Epicondylitis can be a very painful and debilitating injury. It can develop from any activity involving repetitive use and twisting of the wrist and forearm.
What is Tennis Elbow?
Tennis Elbow is caused by an inflammation/tears in the tendons that join the muscles of the forearm to the lateral i.e. outside of the elbow, hence also called Lateral Epicondylitis.
Causes of Lateral Epicondylitis
It is caused by repetitive use and straining of the forearm, elbow and wrist resulting in inflammation and tears in the tendons.
Commonly found in tennis players hence the name but any racquet sport (Squash, badminton), throwing sports (Javelin and Discus) and in fact even excessive clicking away on a keyboard may develop into this. It is also fairly common among guitar and other string musicians.
It is also associated with professions where on is required to grip tightly and perform repeated action i.e. carpenter, mechanic, builder etc...
Early Symptoms of Lateral Epicondylitis
Characterised by pain on the outside of the upper forearm near the lateral epicondyle. Experiencing pain while moving and bending the arm, lifting things, twisting etc...
Tennis Elbow Statistics
It is estimated that around 50% of tennis players will experience this condition at some point.
According to Medical News Today, 'Tennis elbow is thought to affect between 1 and 3 percent of the population in the United States (U.S.). It usually occurs between the ages of 30 and 50 yearsTrusted Source.'
How Can Bowen Therapy Help with Lateral Epicondylitis
Bowen therapy is a natural and gentle way to manage musculo-skeletal injuries. The Bowen moves act directly through (the nerves in the fascia onto) the nervous system by relaxing and soothing it, which in turn relaxes and reduces the inflammation and pain in the elbow joint.
With rest, most injuries will heal by themselves within a year, it can typically take 6 months to 2 years to fully heal. However with the Bowen Technique recovery time is considerably less.
If you suffer from lateral epicondylitis or know someone who suffers from this debilitating condition please help them by telling them about Bowen Therapy.
Please note that Bowen does not replace proper medical intervention in the case of a serious injury.
A sceptical client who had been suffering with tennis elbow for quite some time, after a few sessions said, "Despite my doubts this has been very effective in treating my Tennis Elbow."
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