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​Feeling Tingly Down the Arms while working from home? Here is a solution to "push" things forward!

Working from home has been quite the norm this past year or so. Even then, in todays world we have slowly transformed into this industrial society where we sit the most, commute (drive) the most, and work more hours during the week. Which, over time, can cause multiple issues down the road, ware and tear, and dysfunction of muscles of the body. This will be an on-going topic. However, this blog will focus on forearm tightness which results to tingling down the arm and tingling down into the hands, and ways to prevent it

Ergonomics are a huge talk in the Corporate America world. It gets tough when there is a huge deadline due and focus is laser-beam mode so that everything else suffers just so the task is done by 5pm. However, over the course of time if one were to sit with not so ideal sitting posture, certain muscles in the upper back and neck can over work which can cause dysfunction of the postural muscles that support the thoracic region. One of the trickling effects of this can lead to overuse of the forearm muscles, which can lead to potential tingling, numbness, and discomfort down the hand. Over time if we use the same muscles repeatedly over the course of days, weeks, months, muscles get bounded up by adhesions forming. Think of adhesions as muscle knots essentially!

The most common solution to fix this is NSAIDs such as ibuprofen. Although this will work short term, that is simply putting the band aid on the issue and over time will just lead to recurring issues. The goal is to find the root cause of it and attack it so the issues can go away forever!!

Here are some ways to help with forearm tightness.

  • 1.Stretch them out for 30-60 seconds per arm every 30 minutes
  • 2.Use any kind of rolling tool such as a lacrosse ball, golf ball to loosen up the tight spots
  • 3.Have a friend or coworker or spouse find the tight spots and press on the spots for 10 seconds each. Repeat 3 times per muscle knot
  • 4.Rest and recover from using the computer if you can! Muscles that have a chance to recover will bounce back faster      

  • If the forearm tightness continues to be bothersome, it would be advised to a see a professional that will help resolve the issue and find the root cause of it. At West End Chiropractic, we see numerous amounts of patients who have been working from home and dealing with issues from upper back pain to forearm tightness. If you have any further questions about working from home ergonomics/ways to combat tightness/pain, give us a call at 952-500-8477 or talk to one of our team members and we will be more than happy to help! 

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