Effectiveness of Myofascial Release in the Management of Lateral Epicondylitis in Computer Professionals

Dr M.S. Ajimsha (PhD Physiotherapy) and colleagues conducted a study on the effectiveness of myofascial release in lateral epicondylitis. The author acknowledged the techniques were in part based on those shown in Michael's book Direct Release Myofascial Technique. This study provides evidence the MFR is more effective than a control intervention for lateral epicondylitis in computer professionals. To see a more detailed description see:  Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation.


To investigate whether myofascial release (MFR) reduces the pain and functional disability of lateral epicondylitis (LE) in comparison with a control group receiving sham ultrasound therapy in computer professionals.


Randomized, controlled, single blinded trial.


Nonprofit research foundation clinic in Kerala, India.


Computer professionals (N=68) with LE.


MFR group or control group. The techniques were administered by certified MFR practitioners and consisted of 12 sessions per client over 4 weeks.

Main Outcome Measure

The Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation (PRTEE) scale was used to assess pain severity and functional disability. The primary outcome measure was the difference in PRTEE scale scores between week 1 (pretest score), week 4 (posttest score), and follow-up at week 12 after randomization.


The simple main effects analysis showed that the MFR group performed better than the control group in weeks 4 and 12 (P<.005). Patients in the MFR and control groups reported a 78.7% and 6.8% reduction, respectively, in their pain and functional disability in week 4 compared with that in week 1, which persisted as 63.1% in the follow-up at week 12 in the MFR group.


This study provides evidence that MFR is more effective than a control intervention for LE in computer professionals.

Key Words

  • Rehabilitation;
  • Tennis elbow

List of Abbreviations

  • ANOVA,analysis of variance;
  • ECRB,extensor carpi radialis brevis;
  • LE,lateral epicondylitis;
  • MFR,myofascial release;
  • PRTEE,Patient-Rated Tennis Elbow Evaluation
Supported by a Kerala state government grant throughMahatma Gandhi University, Kerala, India.