Why ART® Is An Effective Treatment For Tennis Elbow

Why ART® Is An Effective Treatment For Tennis Elbow

If you are experiencing an aching pain or sudden, sharp pains between the elbow and the fingers, you may be suffering from tennis elbow. Because this condition is often brought on by repetitive motion involving the extension of the wrist or hand for two or more hours at a time, many people are at risk of developing this condition. While there are surgical options available, there are other, non-invasive ways to reduce the pain and limited mobility caused by tennis elbow. Through chiropractic practices such as Active Release Techniques (ART®), the damaging effects and pain of tennis elbow can be relieved.

Tennis Elbow And ART®

What Is ART®?
Active Release Techniques (ART®) is a non-invasive treatment method that targets and resolves soft tissue disorders. This technique is a form of chiropractic practice that relieves tissue tension by removing fibrosis. During an active release therapy session, the clinician uses manual therapy to apply deep tension to injured soft tissue areas while the patient moves the injury site to shorten and lengthen the muscles. This creates a longitudinal sliding motion of the soft tissue including the nerves, ligaments, and muscles. Active release therapy is used to help facilitate the healing of soft tissue injuries, increase flexibility, increase cardiovascular health, and improve proprioception (the body’s ability to sense movement, action, and location).

What Is Tennis Elbow?
This condition is brought on by the repeated use of the elbow in a similar motion. This repeated motion causes inflammation and pain around the elbow and if the muscles are strained it can cause microtears. Tennis elbow commonly causes frequent aching on the outside of the forearm and sometimes sharp pains triggered by gripping or twisting. This condition received its name from being a common condition in tennis players who repeatedly use a backhand shot, but it can be caused by any number of repetitive motions. Many people currently suffer from tennis elbow due to the repetitive motion of using their keyboard and mouse.

Why Tennis Elbow Shouldn’t Be Left Untreated
When the body tries to heal tennis elbow with no assistance, it can cause scar tissue to form. This scar tissue is weak and stiff, which can result in further injury and lead to chronic pain. This pain can go from the back of the forearm all the way to the fingers. Untreated tennis elbow can lead to a weakening of the hand and wrist while causing pain in these areas.

How ART® Can Treat Tennis Elbow
ART® helps to break up scar tissue that develops in the site of injury, which enables a greater range of motion while limiting the risk for extended and chronic pain. Active release therapy reduces adhesion formation between the muscles, which decreases the stress on tendons and limits microtears. Active release therapy also helps to increase strength both by dissipating the scar tissue but also by keeping the muscles active and engaged during active release therapy sessions.

Active Release Therapy In Irvine

Tennis elbow tends not to heal itself without assistance and it can get progressively worse to the point where surgery is required. Intervene early to avoid extended pain, invasive surgeries, and healing time. If you require tennis elbow treatment, visit Performance Health and Wellness in Irvine to receive top-quality active release therapy performed by trained professionals. Our active release therapists will work with you to improve healing through ART® and will recommend any complementary therapies that may aid in the healing process. To contact Performance Health and Wellness for active release therapy in Irvine, either call 1-949-476-1250 or fill out the online contact form.


Each Active Release Therapy session will be tailored to a person’s needs and their pain level tolerances. Because ART® requires pressure on the damaged areas, it may cause some discomfort and mild pain, but your practitioner will make it as comfortable as possible and will communicate with you throughout the session to make sure you are not experiencing intense pain.

Since tennis elbow is an issue within the muscles and ligaments, it cannot be identified on an x-ray, although an x-ray may be taken to rule out other types of injury. Typically, a doctor will diagnose tennis elbow based on your symptoms, your lifestyle/activity history, and by physically examining the arm, wrist, and fingers.

Typically, symptoms of tennis elbow include:

  • Elbow pain
  • Forearm pain
  • Pain with gripping objects

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