I get a lot of questions recently about tennis elbow. I’m the developer of Handmaster Plus which we sell to therapists and athletic trainers, occupational therapists, and many other hand therapists, for example. And so we do get a lot of questions about how tennis elbow occurs and what it is. And I just want to briefly address some of this. It is actually fairly simple. It is some of the things that we have discovered about tennis elbow might be new, are been new to all the lay people, and even new to some of.
The therapists that we have watching this tutorial. Tennis elbow, very simply, is a word for the condition of lateral epicondylitis. It sounds like a real complicated word but anytime you see ‘itis’ in any condition, that means inflammation. Okay So ‘itis’ just means inflammation. The lateral epicondyle is an area of your upper arm bone of the humerus. The lateral epicondyle is in the outside. Lateral always means outside and medial means inside. So we have two epicondyles which are just bumps that muscles and the tendons insert unto. And so, the lateral epicondyle is over here.
And the lateral epicondyle is the origin for the muscles, the finger muscles that extend the fingers and also the wrist muscles that extend the wrist. And so we have to ask ourselves when the lateral epicondyle gets inflamed which is lateral epicondylitis what causes that A lot of times we think, we see tennis when we hear tennis elbow and we forget about the concept. We are so busy concentrating on the name of it. Okay. So just like any other inflammation inflammations usually from one of two things overuse or.
Weakness. Okay So what if with tennis elbow. But what is the most misunderstood thing is that, what do these finger muscles do Whether these finger extensor muscles do to one of these wrist extensors muscles do Tennis elbow comes a lot, happens a lot in anything where we are gripping something. And I have talked about this on other issues but I want to go through it with people that are using a specifically for tennis elbow. Anytime I grip something, what we think about normally is that the muscles that close the hand are only working.
But what I can tell you is, what muscles that are just working just as hard are these finger extensor muscles that originate from this lateral epicondyle Okay They are working just as hard to support whatever you are doing with gripping. Whether that could be sports, that could be music, that could be in the workplace, it could be in a crafts it could be anything. Okay If these muscles weren’t working these finger extensor muscles imagine the fingers would just go like this. When we try to flex something, we couldn’t do it. Most of the.
Time, when we feel a fatigue in any activity we were working for a long time sports is really really common, music is really really common. The fatigue is coming from the fatigue of these finger extensor muscles and the wrist extensor muscles because they are the muscles that are generally not strengthened very much. Okay So, that is really a quick thing about tennis elbow. It is that if you want to prevent tennis elbow, we have to make sure we have strengthened the finger extensor muscles. The product that we developed to do that. most people are starting to know about it.
Now is called Handmaster Plus. I will show you right here. It is very simple. It goes onto the thumb and then on to the fingers. And what it allows us to do is train not only the finger flexing muscles, the muscles that close, but those finger extensor muscles. Okay So every time I train those finger extensor muscles I am going to make them stronger, I am going to bring the better blood flow to that area, and I am going to prevent this tennis elbow that we see so commonly.
So all I do is I close against the ball, open and spread against the cord, close against the ball, open and spread. Now, instead of three or four different exercises, I do one continuous exercise and I will tell you that now we are going to keep these finger muscles strong, we are going to keep blood flow so we are going to have a nice, healthy insertion, or origin for that muscle at the lateral epicondyle. And therefore, we are going to have a fairly little chance for lateral epicondylitis.
The other problem we show people that use their hands a lot is the really isolated finger extensor muscles and the wrist extensor muscles, is to do this exercise squeeze against the ball, keep the thumb on the ball, extend just the fingers like I am doing right now, then extend the wrist backwards so three steps. Squeeze for count of one, extend the fingers for a count of two, extend the wrist for a count of three. Squeeze, extend, extend, squeeze, extend, extend. You can see each time I do this exercise not only am I strengthening the finger extensor.
Muscles, I am also strengthening the wrist extensor muscles. And now I am going to strengthen all five muscles that originate at this lateral epicondyle. And I can tell you If you do these two exercises squeeze and open, squeeze and open then the threestep exercise, like so even if you use your hands a lot, you are going to have a very very low chance of having any kind of tennis elbow or lateral epicondylitis. To get this product, you can go to doczac and you can buy it online or you locate any.