This summer has been the season of “tennis elbow” at Brown Mountain Bodywork. We’ve been treating numerous clients that were experiencing elbow pain during or shortly after playing tennis. Commonly known as “tennis elbow”, lateral epicondylitis is essentially tendonitis resulting from overuse of the wrist extensor muscles in the forearm. These muscles are critically important during the backhand swing and may become fatigued from poor technique or muscular imbalance elsewhere in the arm.
One of our recent tennis elbow clients shared her experience working with us:
I have been looking for an Asheville massage therapist who can do a true deep tissue massage for years and finally found Zach! Zach is knowledgeable, professional and focuses on the areas in need. He has been helping my tennis elbow, and all the related tight muscles from playing tennis and being active. Thanks for keeping me going Zach!
Notice that she said “…true deep tissue massage…“. I don’t assume to know exactly what she meant by this, but it’s important to make the distinction between true deep tissue massage and what often passes as deep tissue massage. What is usually sold as deep tissue massage in spas and franchises is actually just firm pressure, without much attention to detail. True deep tissue massage uses specific techniques to access the deeper layers of muscle tissue. This may or may not require firm pressure.