Graston Technique (GT) for tennis elbow is effective and should be one of the first-line treatment for this painful condition. I’ll explain how I treat tennis elbow with Graston Technique when patients come into my office with this condition. Keep in mind, GT is only a piece of the puzzle when it comes to tennis elbow pain relief, and I don’t use it as a stand-alone treatment. I also use dry needling and stretches and corrective exercises, especially eccentric exercises for tennis elbow.
For the purpose of this content, I’ll explain how Graston Technique can relieve pain and improve function in tennis elbow. If you’re interested in how dry needling for tennis elbow may help, see my content below where I go more in-depth on this treatment.
Graston Treatment for Tennis Elbow
Graston Technique (GT) is a soft tissue treatment that can help speed up healing for tennis elbow. Graston Technique is a form of manual therapy and is also known as Instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization (IASTM). Graston Technique for tennis elbow is used by chiropractors, physical therapists, and other sports medicine healthcare providers.
Treatment involves using specially designed treatment tools to glide along the skin near the surface of an injury. It is typically painless and comfortable when used by a trained provider to treat tennis elbow. When treating tennis elbow I’ll typically use Graston Technique over the outside part of the elbow and the back of the forearm.
Using Graston Technique to treat tennis elbow has a number of benefits which include the following:
- Treatment increases local blood flow to local tissues treated.
- Treatment increases cellular activity in the region, including fibroblasts which are cells build tendons and connective tissue.
- Treatment inhibits muscle guarding in the affected areas which results in less pain.
- Treatment Technique breaks down collagen cross-links which can be in areas where healing is poor and disorganized.
Overall, Graston Technique reduces pain, improves function, and helps you heal faster. Tennis elbow is a great candidate for this treatment because the damaged tendons lay close to the surface of the skin and are easily accessible using Graston Technique.
If you want more information on Graston Technique for treating tennis elbow and other conditions, they have a great website. You can read more about it on their website here –> Graston Technique Website
Graston Technique for Tennis Elbow – Treatment Areas
This image shows the typically painful area in tennis elbow.
The RED area shows the tendinous region of the forearm muscles that are damaged and painful in tennis elbow. The tendon is the portion of the muscle that attaches to the bone. Tendons store and release energy when there is a load present.
The GREEN area shows the general area of the muscle belly portion of the muscle. The muscle belly is where muscle fibers contract and relax during movements of fingers, wrist, and forearm.
I’ll typically focus Graston Technique treatment on the tendonous area of the extensor muscles when treating tennis elbow. This area is located on the outer and back region of the forearm near the elbow. This affects the tendons of the extensor muscles and stimulates them to build healthy connective tissue to accommodate necessary loads.
I’ll also use Graston treatment on the muscle belly regions which are more towards the back of the forearm. This helps to create more tissue pliability, stretch the connective tissue, and stretch muscle fibers.
Other Treatment for Tennis Elbow
I really like using a counter tension brace, also called a Cho-Pat brace, when treating tennis elbow. A counter tension brace takes tension off the tendon attachment that is suffering and can relieve pain until the rehab process is complete. This is the once I typically advise, it’s available on Amazon –> Tennis Elbow Brace.
If you’re looking for treatment for tennis elbow, Graston Technique is a good treatment to try. It’s typically a really effective treatment for tennis elbow, but don’t forget, you’ll get faster results when it’s used in conjunction with other treatments. Our Cary chiropractors treat tennis elbow on a daily basis as well as all kinds of other neuromusculoskeletal complaints. Give us a call and ask us how we can help.
Dr. Jason Williams DC is a chiropractic physician practicing at AccessHealth Chiropractic in Cary, NC. He treats neuromusculoskeletal pain and injuries using chiropractic manipulation, dry needling, acupuncture, rehab exercise strategies, and other supportive therapies. Primary areas of focus include back pain, neck pain, muscular pain, extremity pain, and orthopedic injuries. Dr. Williams is experienced in treating athletes, especially those in the CrossFit, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Muay Thai, and MMA community.
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