Pain is your body’s red flag for something that you’re doing wrong and need to stop doing or try doing it in a different way. Body pains after workout is usually a normal thing, but if any part of your body is hurting during a workout then that’s something to be concerned about. You might go with the iconic ‘no pain no gain’ cliché but working your way around joint pains is strictly not advised.
A lot of the times, pain in your elbows is down to the repetitive motion of elbows during job hours like typing on your laptop, using your phone and then also some wrongly executed workout routines like bench pressing and push-ups. Small tears begin to grow in your tendons and it starts getting worse as they scar tissues in your elbow joints and that reduces the flow of blood. Professional athletes always wear an elbow support or an elbow pad to avoid any injuries to the elbow.
Here are a few useful tips to keep in mind that can help prevent elbow pain:
Massage your way out of it
Daily Self Myofascial Release (SMR) around your upper back, biceps and lats or a massage from a certified masseur or a masseuse after your workout is a great way to prevent body pains of any kind.
Stretch your Elbows and Bend your Wrists
Tightened up wrists, elbows and shoulders can be very risky and can cause a tear in the soft tissues that make up their joints.
One simple way to avoid this to fully stretch your elbows and bend the front side of your hand towards yourself and then repeat the exercise by bending your hands in the opposite direction.
Avoid Heavy Arm Exercises
Arm Isolation exercises are a sure way of continuous elbow pains and this can seriously injure your arm for a very long period of time. Bicep Curls, Tricep kickbacks and shoulder flies are some of the exercises that you should lay down easy only for a while. Once your elbow has fully recovered from any pain, you can come back to your regular routine.
Dumbbells and not Barbells
Switch to dumbbells and avoid working around every fitness enthusiast’s favorite, bench press and overhead presses. This way you will get rid of the chronic elbow pain in your routine and your elbows will immediately start recovering.
Elbow pains are not something that you should take lightly, instead try using elbow support for better and pain free execution of your workout.