Bad Elbows or Bad Choices?
By Ross Ashcraft
Let’s start with a question: Why must we always wait until our hands and elbows are killing us before we do something besides taking a pill? This week let’s get ahead of the game with a little prevention.
Elbows are a funny looking body part. From the back they are loose folds of skin. From the front they are a big crease in our arm. We use our elbows all the time but rarely even think about them except when we somehow hit our funny bone. Like most body parts we rarely attend to them unless they force us.
A common complaint in the elbow is called Tennis Elbow. It is caused by injuries to the muscles on the medial portion of your elbow. This is the side that is closest to your body when your hands are at your side with your palms facing out. Another common injury is Golfer’s Elbow. It is caused by injury to the muscles on the other side of the elbow. Both of them are typically caused by overusing them in the sports we play and the professional we work. Obviously tennis and golf players are prone to these injuries. But there is a long list of professions that are also at risk: waiters, massage therapists, janitors, estheticians, construction workers, farmers, and anybody who types or sits at a computer all day or in general works with their hands.
After we use them all day, our wonderful bodies will repair all those injuries while we sleep…if they are equipped by us. We don’t tell children “learn to read” and then deny them books. We don’t require an employee to do a job and then deny them access to the tools they’ll need to do it. Give your body what it needs and you’ll be amazed what it can handle.
Athletes and people who wish to prevent problems should try this technique before they begin their activities. But if your body is already sending you message you need to do this right before you sleep! So the body and repair itself properly.
1. Shake out your elbows and wrists for 10 seconds
2. Bend your elbows and wrists for another 10 seconds
3. Grip your forearm right below your elbow: Use medium pressure
4. While Gripping: flex and extend your elbow for 10 seconds
5. While Gripping: pronate and supinate your elbow for 10 seconds: As shown below
6. Repeat on the other arm
7. Shake them both out one last time for 10 seconds
Try it out and comment about your impressions!
However, if you get a numb or burning sensation please discontinue and consider mentioning it to your doctor.