Computer-related arm pain. Forearm pain. Computers, keyboards,
and their mice can cause 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 West Des Moines
chiropractic clients! – forearm pain may be an issue. Chiropractic
care at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa can help with diagnosis, relieving treatment and specific
exercise recommendations to strengthen and stretch muscle tendons causing
forearm tendinitis and forearm pain.
Chronic tendon injuries are quite usual and
often related to occupational issues like a alteration
in activity requiring the use of that tendon. Tendons are a complex combination of flexibility, elasticity, and strength predisposing them to pain 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 develop pain due to overuse or non-ergonomic equipment or poor form while using
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 a single 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) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa will start
with a solid exam to confirm the source
of your pain and set 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. Wrist extension and flexion exercises with a
light weight of a pound or two help strengthen the muscle tendons. Ball
squeeze exercises repeated 15-20 times is helpful, but begin
with gentle squeezes and build up 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 flexibility of these forearm tendons. (4) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
will partner with you to ensure your
form is proper so that you get the most from doing them.
CONTACT Executive Chiropractic of Iowa
Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Steven Baroody on The
Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he illustrates
the treatment of shoulder and arm pain with The Cox® Technic System of Spinal
Pain Management that includes spinal manipulation,
nutrition, and exercise.
Make your West Des Moines chiropractic
appointment soon. Executive Chiropractic of Iowa helps many West Des Moines
patients with forearm tendinitis due to computer typing and mouse use.