Disarming Your Pain

Can I Do Anything to Prevent the Spinal Issues That Are Causing My Arm Pain?

Here are some great ways to minimize pain so you can do the things you enjoy:

  1. Proper posture. Standing and sitting up straight will keep the spine in its natural alignment. If you have a desk job, stand and stretch every 20 minutes to prevent slouching. Proper form saves your spine from undue stress.
  2. Proper techniques. Lifting with your legs instead of your back not only helps your lower back but your neck as well. An unhealthy neck can cause pain to radiate to the arm. Carrying heavy objects on one side of the body is also a recipe for pain.
  3. Exercise. Strengthening the back and shoulder muscles will help support your spine and improve your posture as well. Don’t forget, to see your physician before starting an exercise program.
  4. Weight-loss. Extra weight stresses the spine and leads to pain. Learn how to easily lose weight in our weight loss blog.
  5. Home remedies. Ask your physician if you can take over-the-counter medications such as Aleve or ibuprofen as it can help with inflammation and pain. You can find anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties in certain fruits. We’ve combined a few of these in a refreshing smoothie recipe! Believe it or not, smoking worsens pain as it can increase inflammation. Read our smoking blog for more information and tips to quit.

We’d love to know if these tips help you. If you have any tips or suggestions of your own, use the comment box below. We are eager to hear them!