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Golfer’s elbow is very painful. Don’t let the name fool you because this condition is not limited to golfers and can happen to anyone. While the pain will go away naturally, it will take a long time if you don’t get it looked after. Acupuncture can help speed up the process and make you feel better a lot faster. 

It is important to first understand what exactly golfer’s elbow is as well as its symptoms. It is a painful condition of the elbow and forearm and it will affect the inner arm, which is different than tennis elbow which affects the outer arm. In addition to pain and tenderness, symptoms include numbness, tingling, stiffness in the elbow joint and weakness in the arm, wrist or hand. 

There are a number of things that can cause this condition, which doesn’t only happen with golfing. It can also be a result of inflammation of the tendons that connect the muscles of the forearm to your elbow joint. If you were to overuse these tendons, small tears may begin to form, which can lead to pain, tenderness as well as stiffness in the area. Repetitive and forceful movements of the arms, wrists and fingers will also result in golfer’s elbow, which is why activities like golf, baseball, weight training, rowing and manual labour can all cause this condition. You will be even more at risk of experiencing golfer’s elbow if you apply an incorrect technique while doing any of these activities or do them using the wrong equipment. 

Rest and ice packs are often used to help treat this condition. However, if golfer’s elbow is keeping you from being able to do something important and you want to speed up the recovery process, you can turn to acupuncture for fast relief. There are a number of benefits that acupuncture provides for this specific condition, including reduced local inflammation, improved circulation, which promotes healing and relaxing the muscles and helps release trigger points. 

Acupuncture will help clear blocked channels and restore the flow of blood to the area. It is also known to release endorphins, which are natural painkilling chemicals produced by your body. Lastly, it can also alter the way that the nervous system interprets pain signals, all of which will help eliminate the pain caused by golfer’s elbow so that you can get back to your regular routine. 

Acupuncture can help with a number of conditions, if you’re interested in giving this form of treatment a try, contact Goss Chiropractic in Kitchener today. They will help with your recovery so that you can move freely once again!

Related: Why all Athletes should use Acupuncture.