Most of us, have experienced tendonitis in one form or another, whether we suffer from golfer's or tennis elbow, shoulder pain from our bicep tendon, or even shin splints to plantar fasciitis.

The point is, it's rampant within our society, and most people don't seem to understand, why it happens and how to rectify it.

The Cause

golfing with tennis elbow?

Tendonitis is often the over use of a certain muscle, meaning it tends to have to do most of the work, as its supportive systems are unable to do their job correctly. Thus the muscle in question (the one being over used), becomes a predominant or primary mover or engager. This means the muscle will often engage before or more intensely than the others, this progressive pattern causes the muscle to shorten.

The shortening is wat causes the tendon, to become Tendonitis, meaning "inflammation in the tendon".

Here is a list of activities that tend to be the precursor to tendonitis:

  • Running - Can lead to shin splints, plantar fasciitis

  • Golfer's Elbow - Also called, Medial Epicondylitis, is related to the bottom or inner aspect of your elbow

  • Tennis Elbow - Lateral Epicondylitis, is the outer aspect of your elbow

  • Bicep Tendonitis - Often due to, too much slouching, this causes the biceps to shorten significantly over time, causing the inflammation and pain in the front of the shoulder

Now when we observe things like tennis or golfer's elbow, this are obvious patterns of over use, so what are you supposed to do about it, if it happens?

Golfers elbow, tendonitis


So we understand it's being used too much, so what am I supposed to do Stop the activity entirely? The answer is ... NO! Yes, rest will help the inflammation subside, but the muscle has started to create a habit, meaning it's still short.

So if you were to take up another sport that has a similar movement as those listed above, or even move a similar way to the cause, it would most likely come BACK WITH A VENGEANCE!

Icing is also found to be a temporary relief, as it does not address the movement pattern in the first place.

SO, some of the best things you can do for your tendonitis, is in fact activate or engage the opposite, or antagonistic muscle system. This allows for the muscle in question, to begin to relax, as the bodies tension system comes into balance.

Below we have, what we call thumb and pinky shrugs, this particular exercises is fantastic to balancing stubborn golfer or tennis elbow.