Forearm Massage Therapy Techniques for Golfer’s and Tennis Elbow
Got a painful forearm? It may be due to having damaged muscles, tendons, bones, or other tissues within your forearm. Also, you may be having either a golfer’s elbow or a tennis elbow. And, we’ve featured before how massage therapy or the forearm massage can help the following conditions.
As our goal is to empower you in embracing healthy, natural, and pain-free living, will continue to feature contents that can help you. We know how chronic pain can affect you physically and mentally.
If you’ve got a golfer’s elbow or a tennis elbow, you may find this post helpful. One of our Registered Massage Therapists (RMT), Sami Ma will showcase forearm massage techniques for the following conditions.
A Quick Background about Sami Ma
Sami is very serious and wanting to do her best every single time. Sami brings her great character as a registered massage therapist and talent to Evergreen Rehab & Wellness team and their patients.
On the other hand, she has obtained experiences with patients who overcome car accident-related injury, sore and aching muscle, chronic pain, and overuse injury. Trained with Swedish massage, deep tissue, trigger point release, PNF, etc. She had really great feedback from her patients. Sami is very patient, one important recipe, she focuses on details. Sami also volunteered during her learning at senior homes, women’s hospitals, City Center Care Society (CCC), and Positive Living Society (PL).
Read: Sami Ma, full bio
Sami Ma will be showcasing forearm massage therapy techniques which include manual therapy for both golfers and tennis elbow conditions. Also a passive stretch on the forearm and on the patient’s wrist.
Let’s take a closer on the following techniques.
Forearm Massage Therapy Techniques with Sami Ma, RMT
Golfer’s Elbow Massage Therapy Technique: Manual Therapy on Forearm Flexor Muscles
On a simple definition, the forearm flexor muscles are the muscles that move the forearm. It allows the forearm to bend. There are about 8 flexor muscles which can be divided into superficial, intermediate, and deep muscles.
- Pronator Teres Muscles (PT) which is responsible for pronates or with side to side movement of the forearm and the tubular. It rises from the medial epicondyle and inserts laterally on the radius.
- Flexor Carpi radialis muscles (FCR) comes from the medial epicondyle and goes down to the carpus. This muscle supports the flexing of the wrist.
- Palmaris Longus muscles (PL), comes from the medial epicondyle and insert on the palmar aponeurosis.
- Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Muscle (FCU), also comes from the medial epicondyle and then goes down to the carpus which also supports to flex the wrist. As its name denotes ‘ulnaris’, it’s one prime one innervated by the ulnar nerve.
As you will observe above all of those flexor muscles supports wrist flexion.
- Flexor digitorum superficialis muscles (FDS), it arises from two heads, the medial epicondyle of the humerus and the radius.
- Flexor pollicis longus muscles (FPL), it flexes the pollicis which rises from the radius goes to the carpal tunnel and insert on the carpal tunnel and inserts on the distal phalanx of the thumb. This supports thumb flexion.
- Flexor digitorum produndus muscles (FDP), this muscle is different from the previously mentioned ones. It arises from the ulna courses down then traverses to the carpal tunnel and inserts on digits 5, 4, 3, and 2 on the distal phalanges. What makes this muscle unique is its innervation, where the radial half of the FDP is innervated by the median nerve, and the ulnar half innervated by the ulnar nerve.
And here’s an interesting visual explanation of the 8 flexor muscles in the forearm.
When you’ve got a golfer’s elbow or clinically known as medial epicondylitis, flexing the forearm becomes very painful. It is a condition where there tenderness and pain in the medial epicondyle of the elbow. It causes pain inside your elbow which can spread to your forearm up to your wrists.
As we have featured before how massage therapy can provide relief from pain with the golfer’s elbow. Massaging the forearm muscles can help to stimulate the healing process and can improve its functions. It can help to reduce the tensions in the forearm muscles.
Below is a manual therapy applied by Sami Ma which is ideal for a golfer’s elbow.
Applying a gentle massage along the main side of the forearm which is between the elbow and the wrist.
Tennis Elbow Massage Therapy Technique: Manual Therapy on Wrists and Forearm Flexor Muscles
Another condition that can benefit from massage therapy is the Tennis elbow. This is clinically known as lateral epicondylitis or lateral elbow tendinopathy. It’s a condition where there is a presence of pain around the outer side of the elbow. Same as the golfer’s elbow the pain may also spread to the forearm up to the wrists.
Both the golfer’s and tennis elbow resulted from overused muscles and tendons of the forearm near the elbow joint. It may also be a result of injured tendons of the forearm near the elbow joint.
You may also read how massage therapy can help tennis elbow.
Below is another manual therapy technique that is applied to the wrists and the forearm flexor muscles.
Another gentle massage is applied in the forearm flexor muscles and the wrist which deals with the inflammation first. It focuses first on the brachioradialis which also supports forearm flexion. Also, this technique will be focusing on the muscles near the elbow and will come down to the wrist and the hands.
Other Massage Therapy Techniques
In addition to both conditions, manual therapy on the hands can be added. It targets the opponens pollicis muscles (which is a small triangular muscle in the hand that opposes the thumb), abductor pollicis brevis, and the forearm flexor muscles.
Application of passive stretch on the patient’s wrist and forearm which is ideal to release tightness and get relief from pain.
Need Help with Your Tennis or Golfer’s Elbow?
At Evergreen Rehab and Wellness, we’re a multidisciplinary clinic that can help your condition. We have Registered Massage Therapists who are skilled to address the pain you felt from tennis or golfer’s elbow. Our team is committed to understanding the patient’s health concerns by providing a clear and accurate diagnosis. We want you to be empowered to embrace a natural and pain-free life.
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