The Friday Fix: Radial Nerve Flossing for Elbow Pain

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On October 14, 2019

The Problem:

The diagnosis “Tennis Elbow” or “Lateral Epicondylitis” is a general term for any pain, numbness, tingling or burning in the lateral (outside) aspect of the elbow. In clinical practice, cases of Tennis Elbow are often misdiagnosed. While there may be inflammation of the attachment site of the wrist extensor muscles, there is often overlooked nerve irritation. The nerve being compressed, entrapped or irritated is called the Radial Nerve.

The Fix:

While these areas of soft tissue adhesion / entrapment often require hands on therapy like Active Release Technique from a skilled practitioner, some relief and maintenance care can be achieved with a series of arm and neck movements. The following is a “flossing” technique that draws the radial nerve back and forth to release the nerve from any restriction in its path.

Pair this drill as prescribed 20 times, twice a day with care from a ART provider in your area.

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Last modified: October 17, 2019