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15 April 2009

Self-Treatment of golfer's elbow

Seven muscles in the shoulder, upper arm and forearm can have trigger points that send pain to the outer elbow. Inner elbow pain (golfer’s elbow) can come from any one of five muscles in the chest, upper back and upper arm. There are ways to self-treat trigger points in any of these muscles quite effectively.

The illustration shows a trigger point in the extensor carpi radialis longus muscle. This is the most common cause of pain in the outer elbow, commonly called tennis elbow, elbow tendinitis, or lateral epicondylitis.

Trigger points in other forearm muscles cause numbness, tingling, burning, swelling, weakness, and stiffness in the wrists, hands, and fingers.


The illustration shows massage of the outer forearm with a tennis ball or lacrosse ball against a wall. Lean your body against your arm to apply pressure.

Begin 3 or 4 inches below the elbow and roll the ball repeatedly all the way up to the elbow. Six to twelve strokes make a treatment, but treat several times a day. See The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook to learn about the many other trigger points that can cause elbow pain.

In The Trigger Point Therapy Workbook, nationally certified massage therapist Clair Davies has simplified Travell and Simons’s extensive research into myofascial pain and made it accessible to the layman. His innovative methods of self-applied trigger point massage will relieve tennis elbow and golfer's elbow when trigger points are the cause.

To find out more about the book and the method, please visit the homepage. To read a growing number of reviews by people who have been helped by the book, take a look at the book’s page at Amazon.com.

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