Tennis Elbow Tendonitis Exercises & Rounded Shoulders

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When it comes to treating tennis elbow correctly, you have to take into account the whole kinetic chain.

You have to look at imbalances and weakness above and below the elbow joint, not just at the elbow itself.

For this reason, it’s important to look at the upper extremity’s anchor point which is the scapulae or shoulder blades.

When the muscles that hold the shoulder blades are strong, the upper extremity is in correct anatomical position and the arms, forearms, and wrist are working at their best.

When the shoulder blade muscles are weak and cause the shoulders to round forward, however, then the arm bone, elbow, and forearm are internally rotated and placed at a disadvantage and forced to work harder than needed.

When the arm turns inward, the muscles of the forearm which attach to the lateral epicondyle are in a position of constantly being stretched and for that reason they are weaker.

As you probably already know, tennis elbow aka lateral epicondylitis is an overuse injury, which means the muscles that extend the wrist are overworked and unable to keep up with the workload demanded of them.

Hence, having a forearm in a constant state of weakness (stretched muscles) can be a contributing factor to tennis elbow.

To correct this problem, you DON’T just do an endless amount of wrist extension exercises, you have to correct the problem at the anchor point, the shoulder blades.

You have to work on the muscles that bring the shoulder blades closer to each other, correcting your posture, rotating the arms and forearms to their correct anatomical position where they are at their strongest.

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