“Acupuncture effectively treats tennis elbow by allowing for a more natural energy (Qi) flow throughout the body.” “In the Traditional Chinese Medical perspective Qi flows through the body along pathways also known as meridians. Using this principal tendinitis or tennis elbow is like a river that has been dammed.”
Acupuncture works for tennis elbow by decreasing the hypertonicity of the extensor muscles, and allowing more Qi to flow throughout the body. The blocked energy from tennis elbow builds up too much pressure causing ongoing pain and restriction in flexibility.
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Research from a pilot study presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation in San Francisco 1 suggests that acupuncture not only relieves the symptoms of tennis elbow, it appears to resolve the condition completely.
Lastly, a study comparing acupuncture to ultrasound therapy for tennis elbow found no difference between the two treatments. Overall, the authors concluded that acupuncture was helpful for tennis elbow, but it did not have a sustained response, lasting only 2-8 weeks.
In the acupuncture treatment for tennis elbow, the therapist will insert needles along the forearm, elbow, wrist, and possibly, the feet and legs. Points vary because each treatment is unique. Along with acupuncture, the therapist may suggest physical therapy. Physiotherapy is an excellent additional therapy for tennis elbow.
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Home » Pain Relief & Injury Rehab Articles » Tennis Elbow » Acupuncture For Treating Golfer’s And Tennis Elbow. There seems to be plenty of evidence that Acupuncture can relieve the pain and some of the other symptoms of Tennis Elbow and Golfer’s Elbow…. And, in that sense, it’s certainly a much healthier, non-toxic alternative to pills and shots – But the big question is….