Acupressure for Tennis and Golf Elbow

August 27, 2023
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Acupuncture Points Mentioned in this Article

When exerting force with the wrist or arm, such as lifting heavy objects or wringing a towel, do your forearm muscles hurt? This might be a symptom of what is commonly referred to as "tennis elbow," or lateral epicondylitis of the humerus. Registered Chinese medicine practitioner Ray indicates that in Chinese medicine, it is referred to as "elbow strain," falling under the category of numbness symptoms, characterized by heat, swelling, and pain in the outer elbow muscles.

High-risk individuals include those who frequently need to rotate their forearms and lift heavy objects, such as chefs and movers, and those who frequently repeat work steps, such as housewives.

The cause of tennis elbow is excessive tension when the tendons attached to the external epicondyle of the humerus are straightened and exerted towards the radial side, causing the muscle fibers at the junction of the tendon and bone to be overly stretched, resulting in tearing and inflammation.

Chi Ze Point

Another effective pressure point for relieving tennis and golf elbow is the Chi Ze point. This acupoint is located in the elbow transverse crease, specifically at the indentation on the radial side of the biceps tendon. By applying pressure and holding for about 10 seconds, releasing, and repeating the process, you can experience the beneficial effects of this point.

The Chi Ze point is mainly used for treating hand diseases. When activated, it can relieve elbow soreness, abdominal pain, fever, throat pain, severe cough, coughing blood, asthma, skin allergies, chest tightness, chest pain, chronic arthritis, rheumatism, frozen shoulder, and other diseases. Additionally, it can help in eliminating arm fat and preventing thickening of the arm.

To locate the Chi Ze point, start by placing your palm facing upward and bending your elbow. At the inner joint of the elbow, you will feel a hard tendon emerge. This acupoint is located in the depression on the thumb side of this hard tendon, right on the transverse crease of the elbow where you can feel the pulse. There is one point on each side, left and right.

Shou San Li Point

The Shou San Li point is another powerful acupressure point that can help alleviate the symptoms of tennis and golf elbow. This point is primarily used to treat intestinal issues, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and symptoms located in the shoulder and back. However, it can also address issues like itching, numbness in the hands, elbow pain, tennis elbow, acne, eczema, toothache, stiffness and pain in the limbs, diabetes, runny nose, nasal congestion, and more. Stimulating the Shou San Li point can also improve the body's constitution and strengthen resistance to common colds.

To locate the Shou San Li point, position your forearm with the back of your hand facing up. Start from the bend of the elbow and move towards the palm, approximately two inches away (the width of three fingers laid horizontally). This is where the Shou San Li acupoint is located. There is one point on each side, left and right.

Applying pressure on the Shou San Li point might cause a severe pain sensation, but this is normal. To enhance its therapeutic effect, combine massaging the point with bending the elbow. Exhale slowly while pressing on the acupoint, hold for about 10 seconds, release, and repeat the process for a total of 10 times. Adjust the pressure according to your comfort level.

Qu Chi Point

The Qu Chi point is a significant acupressure point that can enhance qi and blood circulation, offering relief from tennis and golf elbow symptoms. Regularly pressing this point can also improve complexion and skin quality while eliminating arm fat. Additionally, it has a therapeutic effect on conditions such as fever, heaviness in the head, headaches, diarrhea, joint pain, abdominal pain, constipation, cough, asthma, nasal allergies, and eye fatigue.

To find the Qu Chi point, start by bending your elbow and locating the outermost end of the elbow transverse crease. This is where the acupoint is situated. You might feel a slight pain when pressing on this point, indicating that you have located the Qu Chi acupoint. Press on the point while exhaling slowly, hold for about 10 seconds, release, and repeat the process for a total of 10 times. Adjust the pressure as needed for your comfort.

Wai Guan Point

The Wai Guan point is an essential acupressure point that can provide anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits, making it ideal for alleviating the symptoms of tennis and golf elbow. This point is commonly used to treat conditions like hearing loss, migraines, swollen and painful eyes, tinnitus, toothache, stiff neck, high blood pressure, upper limb joint pain, stroke, numbness in hands and feet, and rheumatic pain.

To locate the Wai Guan point, measure approximately two inches behind the transverse crease of the dorsal wrist, between the ulna and the radius. This is where the acupoint is situated. There is one point on each side, left and right.

Applying pressure on the Wai Guan point can yield excellent results. Exhale slowly while pressing on the point, hold for about 10 seconds, release, and repeat the process for a total of 10 times. Adjust the pressure according to your comfort level.

Moxa Acupressure App Can Simplify Your Acupressure Journey

If you're looking to further enhance your acupressure journey and make it even more convenient and personalized, consider utilizing the Moxa Acupressure App. This innovative tool is designed to simplify your acupressure practice and enhance your overall well-being.

The Moxa Acupressure App offers personalized acupressure sessions and rituals tailored to your specific needs. With the app, you can easily navigate through different acupressure points and techniques, ensuring you target the right areas for your tennis and golf elbow relief. It guides you through the pacing of your sessions, ensuring you apply the right amount of pressure and maintain the correct duration.

The Moxa Acupressure App takes the guesswork out of acupressure, offering a more guided and personalized experience. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced practitioner, this app serves as a trusty companion on your path towards increased energy and vitality.

Incorporating acupressure into your daily wellness routine not only helps alleviate feelings of fatigue but also promotes overall balance and harmony in your body. By unlocking the ancient wisdom of Chinese Medicine and harnessing the power of acupressure, you can empower yourself to live a life free from the troubles of mid-day slumps and embrace a holistic approach to well-being.

Remember to complement your acupressure practice with other aspects of a healthy lifestyle, including proper sleep, a nutritious diet, regular exercise, and stress management techniques. By taking care of your mind, body, and spirit, you can achieve the vitality and energy you deserve.

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