Marin’s Tennis-Loving Chiropractor Shares Performance & Injury Prevention Tips

As much as I love tennis, the game can be punishing on the body. I focus on staying fit so I can avoid injury and keep playing twice a week. Are you a tennis buff, too? I can help you feel good while playing in top form. Prevention is key! So here’s the insurance I count on for peak performance, including muscle and joint protection:

  • strength training with weights – 2x/week

  • yoga for stretching – 2x/week

  • workouts to strengthen the fast twitch muscle fibers (the ones that help you react quickly and cover the court—more on this next month)

  • drills at a hitting wall to build stamina and muscle memory for volleying

When tennis takes a toll

Tennis is a high-velocity, high-impact sport, and those repetitive stresses can lead to tennis elbow, back pain, calf pain and knee and shoulder tendonitis. If the game you love is causing you pain, here’s the good news. I use Rapid Release Technology (RRT), a high-speed vibrational device adopted by the trainers and doctors of many professional athletes— in the NBA, NFL, MLB and the Olympics. (See the company's video above to learn more about how it works.) RRT is revolutionary. One, because the treatment feels great. But most of all because it helps you heal faster by breaking down scar tissue. Why do we care? Scar tissue is what impedes healing and keeps you from regaining full mobility. My 3-step treatment for tennis players A tennis player typically comes to me because they’re feeling pain when they play. Our first goal is to relieve those symptoms. Next, we work on rehabilitation, followed by wellness care so all our gains become permanent. When you see me for relief, expect a combination of these healing therapies:

  1. Manual trigger point release therapy - hands-on bodywork in the painful area to break down and drain the lactic acid (the cause of the discomfort)

  2. Rapid Release Technology – vibration therapy with a handheld device that’s set to a frequency that dissolves inelastic areas of scar tissue

  3. Traditional chiropractic adjustment – not always necessary for elbow and calf problems, but I will evaluate and decide

Recently, a patient referred his wife to me. She’s a 60ish recreational and tournament tennis player who had developed tennis elbow and felt a zing of pain every time she hit the ball. She plays three times a week and had started wearing an elbow brace which helped but didn’t solve the problem. We began an eight-week treatment program. In addition to her sessions in my office I recommended home exercises tailored to her situation. After the second week she was playing without pain. While in treatment, she continued to wear the brace and ice her elbow after playing in tournaments. By the eighth week, she had no pain or inflammation in the joint. Get on my schedule if you’re experiencing pain when you play, because you don't have to! Ask for the introductory package: $99 for the initial consult/treatment and second appointment (usually $205 for both). How about sharing some injury prevention tips with your tennis buddies? Shoot me an email -- I’d be happy to speak to a group at your tennis club.

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