Tennis Elbow Stretches

August 31, 2010 by  
Filed under tennis elbow

tennis-elbow-stretches Before we jump straight into some simple tennis elbow stretches, it’s important to learn why we need to stretch our muscles and secondly, is it dangerous to stretch a damaged or injured muscle.

There has always been debate as to whether you should stretch before or after exercise.  Well, to put this debate to rest, let me give you a simple analogy.  Have you ever tried to blow up a balloon straight out of the bag?  Of course not!

The first thing you do is stretch the balloon a few times before you attempt to blow it up.  Why do you think you do that?  It’s simple, by stretching the balloon you are making it easier to add air to the balloon because it’s easier to expand.  By stretching the balloon, you created heat and this heat caused greater elasticity of the balloon.

The same applies to your muscles.  You should never stretch a cold muscle.  It’s much easier to stretch a warm muscle than a cold muscle.  Cold muscles don’t have a very large range of motion so when you do try to stretch one, you can’t get very far.  It’s very possible that you can actually do more damage to an already damaged muscle by stretching it when it’s cold.  You could possibly make a small tear even larger, or even worse “snap” the muscles or tendons altogether.

Now before you start with these tennis elbow stretches, there is a simple way to warm up your forearm muscles and tendons.  Simply start waving or shaking your  hands.  Wave or shake your hands for 20 seconds to help increase the blood flow to your forearm muscles and tendons.

When it comes to getting tennis elbow pain relief, there are 2 simple stretches that I recommend you implement.

Tennis Elbow Stretch #1

The Prayer Stretch

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  • Starting position is standing with your palms together in front of your chest, with finger tips at chin level.
  • Slowly lower your hands toward your waistline, keeping your hands close to your body and your palms together until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in the bottom, underside of your forearms.
  • Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

Tennis Elbow Stretch #2

Reverse Prayer Stretch

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  • Start with the backs of your hands together in front of you at your waistline, with your forearms parallel to the floor.
  • Slowly bring your wrists up toward your face by bending your elbows until you feel a mild to moderate stretch in your forearms. Keep the backs of your hands together and your hands close to your body.
  • Hold for 20 seconds. Repeat 4 times.

So those are 2 simple stretches for tennis elbow pain relief.  It’s important to note that stretching does not cure any muscle/tendon injuries!  Only a specific strengthening and exercise routine can help you fully recover from injury.  And tennis elbow is no different.  To completely recover from tennis elbow, you need a proven, blueprint methodology that targets your injured forearm muscles and elbow tendons.

All it really takes is 5 easy-to-follow, tennis elbow treatment techniques you can do from the comfort and convenience of your own home, while sitting in your comfortable chair watching your favorite television show…just 5 minutes every other day!

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  1. Tennis Elbow Solution | Easy, Fast Solutions to Tennis Elbow | TennisElbowTips.com on August 23rd, 2011 9:26 am

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