As we go deeper into our month on armbar and elbow injuries, today we’re sharing another movement to help open up pain-free range of movement while bending your elbow.
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At Grapplers Performance we use 3 phases in our rehab plans, first controlling the symptoms and normalizing movement, second rebuilding and strengthening and finally maintaining and sustaining.
Steps to a pain-free elbow bend
In our first phase for armbar rehab we focus on reducing pain and normalizing range of movement. To do this we start by treating the joint, improving the soft tissue restrictions and then activating the muscles in the new opened up ranges. The exercise below is a great way to treat the joint and open up pain-free range of movement in the elbow flexion (bending the elbow).
Elbow Bend (Flexion) Exercise
- Grab your belt or a towel and roll it up (it may take a few tries to get the correct thickness).
- Put it into your elbow pit and bend your elbow fully.
- Press for 6 seconds
- Take a break
- Repeat 10 times
While doing the stretch you should feel a slight stretch / pull / pressure around the elbow joint. This is one of the first steps to getting back to full use of your elbow.