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What kind of massage for Elbow Tendonosis (Golfer's Elbow)?

06-May-2013 09:19 PM

Charles

Charles
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I have had medial epicondylosis for a year and a half. It is not painful in everyday life but it is persistent; it flares up big-time if I try to climb anywhere near my physical limit. I have tried, in order, climbing through it; resting it; doing your "dodgy elbows" program, minus the massage; and more recently, doing the "dodgy elbows" program while seeing a physical therapist for massage. However, I have seen 3 different physical therapists and basically gotten three different answers on how/where the massage should be performed. The first massaged the tendon directly and aggressively with his thumb, the second lightly on the tendon and surrounding tissue, and the third (who I've seen only once, and who seemed the most knowledgeable) use ASTYM tools to perform a very aggressive and painful massage.

Re-reading Dodgy Elbows, I realized that it isn't clear to me what kind of massage or "manual therapy" you're referring to in there. What are your thoughts on the proper massage techniques, and what is your take on ASTYM--particularly for a case such as mine that is moderate but persistent? Is there a danger of making the condition worse?


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25-Jul-2013 04:25 AM

Dr. J

Dr. J
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Hi Charles. I am re-writing the Dodgy Elbows article and making a video to explain. There are several possibilities as to why the program is not working, the most common being that the elbow angle is incorrect. 

Massage from the medial epicondyle down a couple of inches for 10 minutes every other day. On the bone will be particularly tender, though massaging it will be painful with no therapeutic benefit.

You can get a good device called an Armaid (.com) that can make it all a bit easier. 

Dr. J
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