Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards,
and their mice can cause havoc on arms and necks and wrists at
times. If computers and their accessories are a key of your life - as they are for so many Minster
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic
care at Minster Chiropractic Center can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
exercise recommendations to stretch and
strengthen muscle tendons contributing to
forearm tendinitis and forearm pain.
Chronic tendon injuries are quite usual and
often related to occupational issues like a modification
in activity requiring the use of that tendon. Tendons are a complex combination of flexibility, elasticity, and strength triggering
a painful reaction and weakness. (1) The hand and its motions engage
many muscle tendons that originate in the hand or insert into
it from outside the hand like external tendons from the forearm. (2)
In tendinitis, these muscle tendons may thicken and become
painful due to overuse or non-ergonomic equipment or poor form while utilizing
them. Strengthening exercises and rest may assist in relieving
the pain. Mainly due to overuse, forearm tendinitis stems from
inflammation, irritation, redness, and swelling of the tendons in the wrist and
elbow. (3) Pain in one area like in the forearm is frequently
not isolated, so weakness in other areas like the shoulder need attention, too.
(4) Chiropractic care may benefit other arm pain issues, like radial nerve
entrapments and lateral elbow epicondyle pain into the lower arm which increase
when using a mouse in computer work. (5) Minster Chiropractic Center will start
with a comprehensive exam to verify the source
of your pain and establish a relieving treatment plan. It is
a very common issue that is helped with treatment and exercise.
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN FOREARM MUSCLE TENDONS
Beyond using better ergonomic equipment choices
like a keyboard with better ergonomics and/or
mouse, forearm muscle exercises can
help. Strengthen the tendons with wrist extension and flexion exercises with a
light weight of a pound or two. Ball
squeeze exercises repeated 15-20 times is helpful, but start
with gentle squeezes and expand to stronger squeezes. Stretching
exercises that have you hold your arm out straight, have your
palm side face down with the other hand pulling
your fingers toward your forearm will help preserve the limberness of these forearm tendons. (4) Minster Chiropractic Center
will work with you to be sure proper form so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT Minster Chiropractic Center
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Steven Baroody on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes
the treatment of shoulder and arm pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management that includes spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Schedule your Minster chiropractic
appointment soon. Minster Chiropractic Center helps many Minster
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.