Tennis Elbow and Wrist Pain

Working in a gym setting, I see a lot of elbow, forearm, and wrist pain. This can occur from many ways:

  1. Lifting too heavy a load: increasing a load when the body is not ready can result in immediate injury.
  2. Lifting a heavy load improperly: Proper technique is something I leave to all the trainers, physiotherapists, and chiropractors at Evolve. This is pretty obvious; by putting a heavy load on muscles and joints that are not moving in their designed fashion, it will create strain and over time develop muscle imbalances
  3. Using a computer all day: Over time, the bend in the arms that occurs when typing at a computer puts our muscles at risk for shortening in some areas and lengthening in others. We were not designed to be typing all day and this will create muscle imbalances. What will you feel? Dull, achy, and even sharp sensations from your elbow down to your wrist and hands.
  4. Repetitive motions: There are countless other jobs that have repetitive movements through the forearm. Electricians, hairstylists, breakdancers, power lifters, massage therapists, etc.. This can create inflammation of the tendon which predominantly is discovered to be tendonitis or tendonosis. 
  5. Impingement in the neck: Nerves come from your spine and run to many different areas of your body. If you have an impingement it can decrease sensation into your elbow all the way to your hands.

Lets use some photos to make more sense of this:

Elbow – Dorsal/Palmar From iMuscle2 and

These photos above show the muscles that attach above the elbow and then travel over the wrist and into the hand. Try putting your arms like you would be typing at your computer. So far, your hands are palm down. Now flip your palms face up. You’ve now  engaged the muscles in your forearm and as you can see in the photo, those muscles also affect your wrists and your fingers. 

Here’s a closer look at your wrists:

From iMuscle2 and

Dorsal/Palmar wrists From iMuscle2 and

Here it’s clearly visible that the muscles continue into tendon and then cross the wrist into the hand. I commonly see carpal tunnel cases that are mainly due to tight forearms. 

How can acupuncture help?

  1. It will significantly reduce pain
  2. It will reduce inflammation
  3. It will increase mobility
  4. It will allow you to return to the activities you love most.

I typically tell my clients to try 4 sessions. You should see a significant change by then. Book your session today at


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