Easing Elbow Tendinitis with Bodywork

By: StacyAtZeelMaria SharapovaMaria Sharapova

You don't have to go by Maria Sharapova to incur the wrath of elbow tendinitis, and while the condition is often attributed to sports like tennis (and golf), in reality, an achy elbow can be spawned by any type of overuse that contributes to an inflammation of the area.

As many experts will tell you, if it ends in "itis," bodywork can help. We look to three Zeel experts to take a swing at the issue.

Jon Stange, Structural Integration Professional and Massage Therapist (Santa Monica, CA)

Absolutely. Tendinitis is an inflammatory issue caused when the tendons get too tight, due to either overuse or an imbalance between flexor muscles and extensor muscles. Scar tissue from micro-tears can also build up around the attachment site of the tendon, making the condition chronic.
Massage and icing are a good first approach. Rolfing will create better movement patterns to keep this problem from coming back.

Debbie Clemans, Massage Practitioner (Everett, WA)

Any condition that end with "-itis" indicates inflammation. Massage at the origins of the flexor and extensor muscles can help to reduce the inflammation. Ice and rest are also indicated to help with the inflammation.

Sally Cina, Structural Integration Professional (St. Louis, MO)

A good Rolf practitioner can help you find better ways to use your elbow, and therefore can help you heal faster and in a more permanent way. Tendinitis often develops as a result of repetitive strain. As you find ways to use your body in a more balanced and effective manner, you can reduce the impact repetitive tasks have on your body.

If one is suffering from an acute and severe period of inflammation, it is important to rest it and allow things to settle down before receiving bodywork. After the acute phase has passed, Rolf structural integration can provide lasting ease in your elbows.