Fencing Elbow and Shoulder and Wrist Injuries can be Effectively Treated with Deep Tissue Massage.

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Any sport can cause some kind of injury, and fencing is not an exception. In reality fencing actually requires high level of agility and intense physical load that over time can increase risk of injury .

 

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The most common cause is overuse or repetitive strain caused by repeated extension or bending back of the wrist against resistance. Gripping heavy objects, weight training or extensive load on the wrist over extended period of time will also cause fencing elbow. This is seen much more often than in fencers, tennis players and golf players. Frequently it is referred as a “tennis elbow”.

 

If you fence then it is possible a poor weapon holding technique is responsible. If the wrist is bent when executing an action the huge forces are transferred through the tendons to the elbow rather than through the entire arm. Also, if your pistol grip that is too small then this will make the muscles work harder increasing the forces through the tendon. Light blades like Leon Paul will transmit more shock and energy the forearm from the hard parry or intense take of the blade.

 

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Fencing elbow treatment

No single treatment has been shown to be totally effective, however a combination of the treatments below are known to resolve fencing elbow over time. Each individual will react differently to different treatments. In addition to the correct diagnosis it is important to identify and correct any fencing elbow causes either work related or sport related and a good fencing coach should also be able to provide advice.

Rest and Ice

Rest is an extremely important component of treatment and the patient that fails to rest the elbow sufficiently will struggle. Activities which place a large strain on the elbow such as gripping things, opening heavy doors, using a screw driver should all be avoided if possible. Applying ice or cold therapy to the elbow (15 mins up to six times a day) to reduce pain and inflammation is a good start, particularly in the early days.

Exercises

Both stretching and strengthening exercises are important and should be done as soon as pain allows and continued after full fitness has been achieved. Wrist extension exercises are most important where the aim is to gradually increase the load through the tendon so it can cope with what is being demanded of it. More Information…

Massage Therapy

Manual therapy treatments such as massage therapy, myofacial release and transverse friction techniques across the tendon can be very effective, especially if initial rest and ice is unsuccessful. Trigger points or tiny localized knots in the forearm muscles are often found and can be treated with massage techniques.

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It is not recommended to tough it out and push through any fencing-related pain. Take a short period of rest, and if the pain continues schedule a massage session with a massage professional.

 


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