Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by tinytimp, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. tinytimp

    tinytimp Member

    Has anybody ever had acupuncture? I went for a session today for my tennis elbow, it felt ok while it was being done and a bit better afterwards, but a bit later on my arm started being really painful! Not sure whether it was just my usual pain or because of the treatment.

    I'd appreciate any answers before I decide whether to carry on or not; I'm playing a concerto in uni at the end of next month and don't want to be affected before that!
  2. super_sop

    super_sop Supporting Member

    hiya, i had acupuncture 18 months ago on the autheritis in my knees. i never had any pain afterwards. i would go back and speake to the folks who did it ASAP and tell them whats happened, and ask them for some advice.
    Myself? id have it done againin a flash. i have had very few problems in my knees ever since. just the odd twinge now and then. I also had a few pins in to get rid of my nerves before a contest. it is the only time i have ever competed and not had to worry about my nerves ******ing things up for me!
    so go back and see them. im sure all will be well.
    Godd luck with the concerto.
  3. Craigsav83

    Craigsav83 Active Member

    Acupuncture had been mentioned to me to try and help the pain in my back, but I never actually got round to it... I dont like needles :oops: I tried magnotherapy instead, which works really well to a threshold, which at the moment has been broken :(

    Sorry, that isn't relevant, but often with treatments such as acupuncture, and magnotherapy, the first time can be a bit uncomfortable, as the body isn't used to it. Mention it at your next session, and find out what the specialist thinks, he/she will be able to advise.

    Let us know if it settles in the next day or two, and hope that things start improving.

  4. HSB

    HSB Member

    My husband had tennis elbow for a while. Acupuncture sorted it very quickly. He found it weird but surprising results.
  5. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Tennis elbow can be cured quite easily by any decent Sports Massage Therapist. Look for one near you on the LSSM website. You can treat it yourself but it is quite awkward and painful, stick a couple of fingers into the site of the pain, with your arm out in front of you, raise the back of your hand up towards you and with the pressure maintained, twist your hand slowly from side to side. Voilla, self treatment for Lateral Epicondylitis. That'll be £30 please. ;)
  6. WYFRSband

    WYFRSband New Member

    Hi there,

    As a Chartered and state registered Physiotherapist myself, I would recommend that you speak to the person that did it and raise your concerns with them. Acupuncture can sometimes stir up the problem, depending on which points are used. Acupuncture is used as a pain relieving modality and not a cure but it is strange and sometimes people do have remarkable results although results vary from person to person.

    Be very careful if you do chose to see a 'sports massage therapist' because there is no protection of this title so anyone with basic massage experience could set themselves up as one. Don't fall into the trap of getting treatment for the pain, without addressing the underlying cause. Tennis elbow can occur for a number of different reasons and unless the underlying cause is treated then it can continue for a long time. Have you been fully assessed by a good Physiotherapist? I know it sounds like I am trying to promote my profession and this is not meant as a slur on any other professions but an assessment of the neck, shoulder, elbow and wrist needs to be carried out to diagnose whether this is a true tennis elbow or whether the pain is being referred from elsewhere. In my experience of a true tennis elbow, I find that the wrist is always stiff, the wrist extensor muscles are always tight and that one of the joints in the elbow is always stiff. Unless the stiff joints, tight muscles and strained muscle/tendon is addressed, then they do not clear up.

    Here endeth the lecture! Hope this helps. Let us know how you get on.

  7. NeilW

    NeilW Member

    When I got "tennis elbow" - from s****ing off wallpaper, believe it or not! - my doctor suggested 2 possible solutions.

    a. Ibuprofen cream and hope it works.

    b. Injection into elbow - which would work.

    I opted for plan a and gave it time to work. I think it really amounts to resting your arm until it recovers and a bit of anti-inflamitory to help it along the way.

    (I STILL have to do the decorating :frown: )

    Hope you get better soon...

  8. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    is that the one where they stick needles on you or the one where they put the hot things on you or the one where they put they weird sticker/plasters on you?
  9. meandmycornet

    meandmycornet Active Member

    its the one where they stick needles in you! :tongue:
  10. yonhee

    yonhee Active Member

    ooh theyre funny my dad had a kit thing ages ago he said he was gonna stick the needles in my brother and I started crying... I was 5! Yeh they look painful.
  11. Rapier

    Rapier Supporting Member

    Hear hear. My advice was assuming you had been diagnosed by a Physio, then you can find a Sports Massage Therapist that is a member of the Sports Massage Association and preferably trained at The London School of Sports Massage. (Like me ;))