Chiropractic care can be effective in addressing elbow pain and conditions such as epicondylitis (commonly known as tennis elbow or golfer's elbow). Chiropractors focus on evaluating the biomechanics of the elbow joint, as well as the surrounding structures including the wrist, forearm, and shoulder, to identify and treat the underlying causes of pain. Through manual techniques such as adjustments, mobilizations, and soft tissue therapies, chiropractors seek to improve joint alignment, reduce muscle tension, and enhance flexibility in the elbow and related areas.

By restoring proper joint mechanics and relieving stress on the tendons and muscles, chiropractic care can help alleviate pain, inflammation, and discomfort associated with elbow conditions like epicondylitis. Chiropractors may also prescribe specific exercises, stretches, and ergonomic modifications to strengthen the muscles, improve joint stability, and prevent future flare-ups of elbow pain. This comprehensive approach aims to support optimal elbow function, enhance performance, and promote long-term musculoskeletal health.

What about PDTR?

To address elbow pain, PDTR focuses on correcting dysfunctional feedback loops from muscles to the brain and back,  related to neuromuscular imbalances affecting the elbow joint. Using manual muscle testing and targeted interventions, PDTR aims to reset incorrect reflex patterns and restore normal neurological signaling associated with elbow movement and muscle coordination.

For example, PDTR may work to improve muscle firing patterns in the forearm muscles or enhance sensory feedback in the elbow region to alleviate pain by addressing underlying neurological dysfunctions contributing to the discomfort.

And ART?

There are a lot of muscles making up the forearm and upper arm, many of which cross the elbow joint. ART effectively isolates and releases overly tight muscles. One of the most common offenders is the Pronator Teres, which rotates the forearm downward when you type or swing a golf club! And the Supinator muscles do the opposite, rotating your forarm upwards, like when you swing a tennis raquet. 

You may also be given specific lengthening & strengthening exercises to balance the muscles around your forearm. Think of all the time your palms are rotated downwards in order to type on a keyboard, or outwards to text.