Do you suffer from tennis elbow?
Perhaps you are finding that doing the things you enjoy is getting more difficult for you, and that when you do them, you feel stiffness and aches – tennis elbow – afterwards.
Your love of tennis, squash, dancing, or playing a musical instrument, is beginning to be seriously affected… Even running and cycling seem to be harder with a tennis elbow…
This is troubling.
And it could so easily get worse – in fact, it has been getting worse over the years.
And the worse it gets, the more limited your freedom of movement, and the greater the limitations on your enjoyment of the things that used to be so easy and joyful.
You dare not think of the possibility that because of this, you may one day have to stop these things.
That really is depressing.
Help for tennis elbow
When Linda came to me for help with her tennis elbow problem, I worked with her on a series of explorations of how she moved, to discover the underlying source of her difficulty. She was then able to start to move differently: the tennis elbow was relieved, and her general movement was also easier.
You can start with this 3-step process right now:
Information – the muscles that manage your fingers are actually in your palm and forearm (see here – the ‘muscles’ section – for more on this). So tension in your fingers and hand is reflected right up your forearm (and beyond).
Awareness – bring your attention into the top of your head, and allow your field of vision to widen, so that you see the screen you are reading from in the context of the room you are sitting in. And then add an awareness of the length of your forearm, and of your hand and fingers, and of their connectedness with each other, and with your armpit. If your attention wanders from the top of your head as you include more, gently bring it back, and try again quietly to go through each step without letting your mind wander out of your head, and without letting your vision lose its breadth.
Direction – now, aiming to keep your awareness going as above, think of your arm having arrows running along it: from your armpit and shoulder downwards to your elbow; and from your fingers and hand backwards towards your elbow. No movement is needed (quite the reverse, actually); it’s just an idea.
Let me know how you find this in the comments below. I’ll be really interested to hear.
And if you’d like personalised help like Linda for tennis elbow or other posture or tension-related issues, fill in the form below or give me a call, and we can arrange some Toe in the water lessons to get you started right away!