By Joshua Tucker
Are you looking for a Tennis Elbow Brace for your Elbow Tendonitis?
(I just said Elbow Tendonitis but really, there is no such thing. It's a general term, kind of.)
Are you in the market for the ‘BEST’ forearm brace for Tennis Elbow? Or the cheapest one?
You may want to reconsider!
Tennis Elbow braces aren’t going to get you out of pain like you want them to.
They certainly won’t fix the problem.
If you have new Tennis Elbow pain or old, chronic Tennis Elbow, it is likely that your doctor will recommend that you wear a Tennis Elbow Brace.
First is rest and anti-inflammatories, then when that doesn't work it's on to immobilization with a brace.
Along with rest, anti-inflammatory drugs, etc, braces for tennis elbow are the go to prescriptions from a doctor's limited box of tools.
In theory, the reasons for a brace being prescribed fall into two categories:
The theory is...if you have a Repetitive Strain Injury like Tennis Elbow, then let’s immobilize it to
Unfortunately it doesn’t work that way.
If you continue to do exactly what you are doing, it will get worse.
If you immobilize it or 'support' it while active, it will still get worse, only slower.
In short, when you immobilize a structure, connective tissue shrink wraps, and you get less circulation. More variables are at play, but just those two are enough to continue the downward spiral you have going on that is causing pain.
But when Tennis Elbow Braces or Slings are used for to immobilize the elbow(s) with Elbow Tendonitis, they may help reduce your pain by giving your muscles a break, but will only prolong your suffering in the long run.
You want to get out of pain now, don’t you?
You see it everywhere in amateur and professional sports. Braces, splints, and supports worn while playing.
They may or may not be playing through the pain, but they are trying to keep themselves from future injury.
The same can be said for people bracing themselves in various work environments.
It is a very rare occurrence that you hear of someone who wore a brace or splint for some length of time, then all their pain was gone forever while they continued to play/work just like they used to.
Think about it like this:
If you were performing an activity and were slowly hurting yourself (Tendonitis) and it then kept getting worse, and you started wearing a brace, why would that then keep you from hurting yourself?
Common knowledge says that the support helps you from further injury.
But your muscles still have to work and move to perform the required action.
-And- the Tendonitis dynamic is already firmly in place by the time your pain gets bad enough to have you start looking for helpful options.
In the long run (and even in the short run, depending on how you look at it) Tennis Elbow Braces only provide the benefit of temporary structural support.
'Temporary' is the key word there.
Braces are fine to use for a couple days if you have to perform some critical activity.
Still, you could skip that and learn How To Reduce Inflammation and greatly reduce your pain and the acuteness of your Tendonitis in just a couple days, if you follow my suggestions.
There are only a couple of ways to effectively and beneficially decrease your Tennis Elbow Symptoms.
Putting it in a Tennis Elbow Brace may give temporary relief, but it’s incredibly likely that sooner or later, depending on how long you’ve had this issue, as soon as you start doing your normal activity, the pain will come back.
Feel around where you are hurting. You will feel some ache and if your press harder, some sharp pain. You will also feel skin on top of a mass of muscle and maybe some harder tissue that is the tendon(s) connecting muscle to the elbow bone.
Your muscles have gotten tight, which puts more strain on the tendons and connective tissue, which has gotten some damage, which has caused Inflammation, which sets in motion the whole Pain Causing Dynamic.
The structure of your forearm has changed. Literally. Your nervous system is treating it very differently as well.
Tennis Elbow Braces just can’t cure your Tendonitis.
Pure and simple, it doesn't work that way. Doctor’s hope it will, but it won’t.
So, Rest won’t cure you.
Anti-inflammatory medicine like Ibuprofen is a temporary pain reliever.
Corticosteroid Injections won’t reverse the damage.
Tennis Elbow Surgery ..., well, that’s like hitting a sore thumb with a hammer to make the soreness go away.
Interested in a better way?
My Free Advice is to learn How To Reduce Inflammation the most effective way possible.
On the page the above link sends you to, find the section about Tennis Elbow, and do exactly what it says to do.
If the -only- thing you do is that, you will notice a significant reduction in pain and increase in mobility
Find out more about 'The Tennis Elbow Treatment That Works'.
You -could- buy a Tennis Elbow Brace, or you can purchase something that will actually heal Tennis Elbow. I probably should sell braces on this website, but I have a hard time ethically offering them for sale when they're just not going to help you get better....getting you through the day is fine...but even then there are better ways.
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