An all too common and painful injury of the elbow can often be successfully treated by acupuncture and moxibustion. The condition is often called ‘tennis elbow’, and usually stems from a strain to where a tendon attaches to that boney bump on the side of the elbow. The cause is often repetitive over-use of the arm and results in quite severe pain and ache.
The elbow that can be seen in the photograph developed the injury by its owner practicing the cello in preparation for a performance. The ache became so severe that it became likely that she would have to cancel the performance.
Acupuncture and moxibustion therapy was commenced which reduced the pain to tolerable levels,increased blood flow to the area,and stimulated the immune system in order to initiate the healing of the tendon. Fortunately by the performance day, she was able to play without much pain at all.