To treat elbow problems properly the stability of the shoulder and neck often needs to be addressed, because if the shoulder is moving inefficiently more strain is exerted on the elbow. Treatment should therefore never focus purely on the elbow itself. However, the following exercise is a valuable exercise in treating tennis elbow:
Sit or stand with your forearms resting on a table with the hands hanging off the edge of the table, palms facing down to the floor.
Hold a weight (you can use a bottle of water to do this at first) in both hands.
Lift your hands so the palms face forwards taking most of the weight in the non-painful side. Then slowly lower your hand down with the weight mainly in the painful side.Repeat 30 times every day.
Please note that although the advice and exercises provided are designed to assist your recovery they are not a replacement for seeing a Physiotherapist or Osteopath. It is essential that you always make sure you see your Doctor, Osteopath or Chartered Physiotherapist beforehand to diagnose your injury and guide you through recovery.
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