Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards,
and their mice can reek havoc on arms and necks and wrists sometimes. If computers and their accessories are a key of your life - as they are for so many Ashburn
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be a problem. Chiropractic
care at Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
recommended exercises to strengthen and stretch muscle tendons contributing to
forearm tendinitis and forearm pain.
Chronic tendon injuries are quite usual and
often linked to occupational issues like a alteration
in activity requiring the use of that tendon. Tendons are an
intricate combination of flexibility, elasticity, and strength predisposing them to pain and weakness. (1) The hand and its motions engage
many muscle tendons that begin in the hand or insert into
it beyond the hand like external tendons from the forearm. (2)
In tendinitis, these muscle tendons may thicken and develop pain due to overuse or non-ergonomic equipment or poor form while utilizing
them. Strengthening exercises and rest may help relieve
the pain. Mainly due to overuse, forearm tendinitis results from
inflammation, irritation, redness, and swelling of the tendons in the wrist and
elbow. (3) Pain in a single area like in the forearm is often
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) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn will figure
out what’s causing the pain with a good examination
and come up with the treatment plan to address the pain and keep it in check.
EXERCISES TO STRENGTHEN FOREARM MUSCLE TENDONS
Beyond using better ergonomic equipment choices
like an ergonomic keyboard and/or
mouse, exercising the forearm tendon muscles can
help. Wrist extension and flexion exercises with a
light weight of a pound or two help strengthen the muscle tendons. Ball
squeeze exercises performed 15-20 times is helpful, but start
with gentle squeezes and build up to stronger squeezes. Stretching
exercises where you hold your arm out straight, palm facing down with the other hand drawing
your fingers toward your forearm will help preserve the flexibility of these forearm tendons. (4) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
will partner with you to be sure your
form is proper so that you benefit most from doing them.
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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 incorporates spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic
appointment today. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn helps many Ashburn
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.