Golfers Elbow / Medial Epicondylitis
What is Golfers Elbow?
Golfers Elbow is pain in the inner elbow.
Causes of Golfers Elbow
Despite its name Golfers Elbow is often caused by:
- Over exertion in racket sports, squash, badminton, table tennis
- Repetitive pushing action
- Holding something down for long periods of time•Carrying a heavy back pack / golf bag
- Heavy lifting
- Working for long periods of time with your arms out in front of you or overhead
- Chin-ups, push ups, weight lifting
The muscles involved in Golfers Elbow
When muscles knot up, (have trigger points) they can send pain to the outer elbow Muscles that often refer pain to the outer elbow:
- Triceps (back of arm)
- Flexor Carpi Ulnaris (inner forearm)
- Pectorialis major (chest)
- Pectorialis minor (chest)
- Scalenes (neck)
- Serratus Anterior (under arm rib area)
- Serratus Posterior Superior (between the shoulder blades)Massage works by gradually softening these trigger points and allowing the muscle to regain its flexibility and so dissolving the pain,
How many massages will I need?
It depends on:
- how long you have had Golfers Elbow – the more recent injuries often soften out quicker.
- How sever and painful the injury – the more painful it is the more gradual the massage – the massage needs to be as comfortable as possible so each case of Golfers Elbow is individual and will be treated accordingly.