Lateral epicondylitis is a condition you may know as tennis elbow, a condition where the outer part of the elbow area becomes sore and tender. This study goes into some detail on how myofascial release can assist in relieving this condition.

We need to note – as a PT it is not within our scope of practice to perform hands on massage or release work unless you go and seek out a separate certification that enables you to do that. There are tools that you can use that will enable your clients to be able to perform some tissue enhancement work for themselves. Trigger Point Therapy for example has a number of very effective tools that can empower you and your clients to move better.

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The attached research article is an abstract of research conducted by Ajishma, M.S., Chithra, S. & Thulasyammal, R.P. from India that was published in 2012 in the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine. It details how performing myofascial release (MFR) gave participants of the study greater pain relief  (78.7% and 6.8% at 4 and 12 weeks) than a control group that had sham ultrasound. It is worth noting here that the participants had an official diagnosis and the release work was performed by certified MFR practitioners and again if you are not certified to, you can not use a hands on approach to perform these releases. This article has been attached to help you understand the power of enhancing tissue movement and how it can help people.

The conclusion to the article stated “This study provides evidence that MFR is more effective than a control intervention for lateral epicondylitis in computer professionals.” And how many of your clients work at a computer all day? Hmmmmm…..