Pain in the elbow or in the pit of the elbow mostly comes from over-stressed and tensed arm muscles.
As a consequence, this leads to irritation and inflammation of the tendons attached to the elbow.
Taking anti-inflammatory medication only provides temporary pain relief, if any relief at all – and doesn’t doesn’t do anything to eliminate the actual cause of the problem.
On this page, you will learn which muscles can be responsible for pain in the pit of the elbow and how you can eliminate this pain.
If your pain isn’t located in the pit of the elbow, but rather in the inner or outer side of the elbow, then you should go you to the corresponding article.
Tendonitis or inflamed tendons are most often given the blame for elbow pain in general.
There is of course true in a lot of cases, but one aspect is often forgotten.
Why does a tendon become inflamed? A tendon provides the connection between a muscle and a bone.
It is therefore the link that transfers the power of the muscle to the bone.
Overstressed muscles, trigger points and tension, as a rule, all have one thing in common: They indicate an increase in muscle tension. This tension is naturally transferred to the tendons of the respective muscles, which can lead to inflammation.
A tendon can become inflamed when it is overstressed by its corresponding muscle.
The bottom line is that, often, two structures are overstressed: the muscle and the tendon.
This stress-induced tension can be of a chronic or an acute nature. Whereas chronic stress arises, for example, through constantly repeated motions, acute stress is mostly caused by sudden or temporary excessive strain.
Both forms of stress overload lead to elevated muscle tension and the development of trigger points and as such, often to pain.
To be able to successfully deal with inflammation, one aspect is to normalise the tension in the corresponding muscle. In this case, this means decreasing the tension. A self-massage is the treatment of choice for this.
There are two muscles and their insertion tendons that are primarily responsible when it comes to pain in the pit of the elbow.
A self-massage of these muscles results in a reduction of their tension and can thus contribute to alleviating your pain and even eliminating it in the long-term.
These muscles are the biceps brachii and the brachialis.
Instructions for massaging these muscles and consequently getting rid of the pain in your elbow are given the next section.