2 Best Tennis Elbow Home Remedies
When you first learn that you’ve been stricken with tennis elbow many people decide to take the unfortunate route of popping anti-inflammatories on a daily basis to control the pain.
But it doesn’t have to be this way! There are many all natural tennis elbow home remedies that are less dangerous to your health that will actually help get to the root source of your tennis elbow pain.
It’s sad that many doctors still prescribe daily anti-inflammatories, elbow bands and braces and are even quick to recommend cortisone shots as effective ‘treatment’ options for tennis elbow.
Anti-inflammatories are nothing more than a band-aid solution as a ‘treatment’ for tennis elbow. So you pop 500mg of anti-inflammatories every 3-4 hours to mask your elbow pain. But what happens after the anti-inflammatories have wore off? Your pain comes back and most of the time it’s even worse than it was before. A simple reason why the pain could be worse is because you caused more damage to your elbow and made the tear in your extensor tendon even larger.
Many people will pop anti-inflammatories and simply return to the sport, activity or hobby that caused their tennis elbow injury in the first place. This is a recipe for disaster! As the pills mask your pain, you think your injury is just fine when in fact you are only prolonging your recovery time. As your body naturally starts to repair the tear in your extensor tendon at the elbow, when you return to the activities that caused your injury in the first place, you are breaking down any “new” tissues that have formed. As you cycle through the injure-repair-injure phase, your body builds up scar tissue which causes even more problems, pain, suffering and inflammation.
As for tennis elbow braces as a ‘treatment’ option, I’ve talked extensively about how they are absolutely useless for treating tennis elbow.
Next, cortisone shots for tennis elbow. Again, another form of ‘treatment’ that doctors are quick to recommend. They can provide some short term pain relief but in the long term, they are effective and can even cause more damage and make your recovery time even longer. Check out this article on cortisone shots dangerous for tennis elbow treatment and read all about it.
So what are some great all natural home remedies that actually provide pain relief?
The first home remedy that I suggest is using ice to help control any swelling or inflammation you may have. If you’ve suffered your tennis elbow injury within the past 2-3 weeks, you will have some swelling and inflammation. If your injured happened over 3 weeks ago, you won’t see any visible signs of swelling but you will still have pain. I recommend you ice your arm twice a day for 10-15 minutes a time. Be sure to prop your inured arm up on a pillow to get it above heart level to prevent any blood pooling. Ice your arm once in the morning and once in the evening is best practice.
Never apply ice directly to your skin! You can cause serious and irreversible damage to your skin tissues. Wrap the ice in a tea towel or shirt and apply to your injured elbow. If you don’t have any ice available, a bag of frozen vegetables such as peas, corn or carrots work well.
A second type of home remedy for tennis elbow is DIY massage. You can perform a simple massage technique called cross fiber friction massage on yourself. I’ve written an article with a video demonstration on how to do this, you can check out this simple, yet effective tennis elbow massage technique at home.
The biggest mistake that the majority tennis elbow sufferers make is taking the ‘wait-and-see approach’ when it comes to treatment. Simply put, your tennis elbow pain will only get worse the longer you wait to treat it, and the longer your recovery can take!
So those are two home remedies that you can use for safe tennis elbow treatment. Now if you are serious about completely eliminating your tennis elbow pain for good, all it really takes are 5 simple, step-by-step techniques that you can do from the comfort of home without any special exercise equipment while sitting in your comfy chair watching your favorite television show every other day!