Musicians, athletes and computer users often experience a repetitive strain injury known as tendonitis. Commonly called tennis elbow or golfers elbow (depending on which side of the elbow is experiencing pain), the pain can become debilitating if left untreated. Often people start to feel like there is no hope of ever being pain free again. The good news is that acupuncture is extremely effective at resolving tendonitis!
When we repeatedly do the same motion, such as using a computer mouse/touchpad or swinging a golf club, muscles and tendons can fatigue and local inflammation and pain result. Acupuncture works by reducing inflammation and swelling while calming irritated nerves. I typically combine acupuncture with gua sha for maximum effectiveness.
For at-home care I recommend that patients use gentle heat, NOT ICE, for pain relief. New research has shown that ice slows down healing. Massaging topical ointments like arnica cream or Tiger Balm (both available on-line or at your local health food store) into the painful area is also helpful. To promote faster healing internally reduce or eliminate inflammatory foods such as alcohol, caffeine and spicy foods. You can increase tendon nourishing foods such as beef, beef broth, black beans and root vegetables.
My last bit of advice: don’t wait. The sooner you come in for treatment the fewer treatments you will need to fully resolve the pain. If you or someone you know is suffering from tendonitis book your appointment today and be on your way to a pain-free life!