Need to Get Something off Your Chest?

Can I Do Anything to Prevent Non-cardiac Chest Pain?

  1. Proper posture.
    • Standing and sitting up straight will keep the spine and ribs in their natural alignment. If you have a desk job, stand and stretch every 20 minutes to prevent slouching.
    • Exercises to strengthen the back and shoulder muscles will help your posture. Note that some exercises can worsen costochondritis, a kind of rib pain. Talk with your physician before starting an exercise program.
  2. Lifting techniques.
    • Proper form saves your spine and ribs from undue stress. Avoid carrying heavy objects, such as a purse or backpack, on one side of the body. This is a recipe for pain.
    • Lifting with your legs instead of your back not only helps your back but your ribs as well.
  3. User-friendly workspace.
    • When working at your desk, ensure that your monitor is close to eye level to avoid sitting in a hunched position.
    • Repetitive arm movements stress the ribs. Setting up your workspace appropriately cuts down on this stress. Visit our ergonomics blog to learn more about setting up a user-friendly workspace.
  4. User-friendly bedroom.
    • People can spend over 25 years of their lives in bed. The right pillow and the right mattress will make a difference. If you have back or rib pain, find a pillow that keeps your spine in a neutral position and switch to a firm mattress.
  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.
    • Certain fruits have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving properties. We’ve combined a few of these in a refreshing smoothie recipe!
    • Believe it or not, smoking worsens pain. 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!