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Treating Tennis Elbow with Acupressure: Points to Know


Introduction


Tennis elbow, medically known as lateral epicondylitis, is a condition that causes pain and discomfort in the elbow and forearm. Contrary to its name, it isn’t exclusive to tennis players; anyone who engages in repetitive motions that strain the arm muscles and tendons may experience tennis elbow. While conventional medical treatments such as physical therapy and medication are widely available, an alternative therapy like acupressure can also be a great adjunct to managing this condition. In this blog post, we will explore how acupressure can help alleviate tennis elbow and focus on specific points to target.


What is Acupressure?


Acupressure is an ancient Chinese therapy that uses manual pressure applied to specific points on the body. These points are the same as those used in acupuncture, but instead of using needles, acupressure relies on fingers or specialized tools to apply pressure. The idea is to stimulate energy flow, also known as "Qi," and to bring the body into balance, thereby encouraging natural healing.


Acupressure Points for Tennis Elbow


Here are some key acupressure points commonly used to treat tennis elbow:


LI 11 (Qu Chi or Pool at the Bend)

- **Location**: On the outside of the elbow crease

- **How to Apply**: Use your thumb to apply pressure on this point. Hold it for about 30 seconds to 1 minute and release. Repeat a few times.


LI 10 (Shou San Li or Arm Three Miles)

- **Location**: Approximately two or three finger widths down from LI 11

- **How to Apply**: Apply pressure with your thumb and hold for 30 seconds to 1 minute. Repeat as needed.


TE 5 (Wai Guan or Outer Pass)

- **Location**: Two finger widths above the wrist crease, between the radius and ulna bones.

- **How to Apply**: Use your thumb or a specialized acupressure tool to press on this point for 30 seconds to 1 minute.


SI 3 (Hou Xi or Back Ravine)

- **Location**: When you make a loose fist, this point is found at the end of the crease that appears on the outside of the hand, near the knuckle of the little finger.

- **How to Apply**: Press this point using the thumb of the other hand for about 30 seconds and release.


PC 6 (Nei Guan or Inner Pass)

- **Location**: About two finger widths from the wrist crease, between the palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons.

- **How to Apply**: Press firmly with your thumb for about 30 seconds to 1 minute.


Precautions and Consultation


- Acupressure is generally considered safe, but if you have any underlying medical conditions, it's advisable to consult a healthcare provider before starting any new treatment.

- If you're pregnant, consult your healthcare provider as some acupressure points can induce labor.


Conclusion


Acupressure can be an effective way to relieve the symptoms of tennis elbow. By focusing on specific acupressure points, you can encourage natural healing and improve your condition. It can be a good alternative or supplement to traditional treatment methods. However, if you find that your symptoms persist or worsen, it is always recommended to consult with healthcare professionals for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment.


References


- [Acupressure Points for Relieving Tennis Elbow](#)

- [Effectiveness of Acupressure in Treating Musculoskeletal Disorders](#)


Remember, everyone's body responds differently to treatment. It's essential to find what works best for you and your body.


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Note: The information in this blog post is for educational purposes only and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment of any health conditions.

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