Winter pain in the arm, elbow, wrist or shoulder

Arm pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain in the Winter? Image copyright: 123rf and catalin205

Arm pain, elbow pain, shoulder pain!

winter-snowNew Year and Christmas might seem a while ago now but the cold of Winter may be here for a few weeks to come. Arm, elbow and shoulder pain in the Winter can be a ‘pain’ in every sense of the word and linger for ages. Pain killers may help but are unlikely to fix the problem on their own so what do you do? …

Winter Pains

Winter pains in the arm felt in your shoulder, through your elbow, forearm or wrist may be related to computer use or smart phone use, even if you only notice the pain while carrying shopping bags!

The problems of computer (or smart phone) ergonomics are magnified in the Winter and arise from some or all of the muscles and tendons from your neck to your fingers being tensed to do your work but being slightly cold. Just like a car engines in the Winter which may sound more growelly until warmed up, our bodies are much the same.

What to do…

1. Keep your neck, arms and hands warm – inside too!

You should wear a scarf and gloves when its cold outside but indoors too? What feels warm enough to watch the telly with isn’t always warm enough to be typing or using a mouse with. Wearing something around your neck and using fingerless gloves whilst you work is an inexpensive but effective way of raising the temperature of these muscles and tendons in your arm and preventing or easing pain from them tightening up and fatiguing.

Clothing

UK Suppliers UK Suppliers

  • Beechfield Unisex Plain Basic Fingerless Winter Gloves

    Fingerless Winter Gloves

    95% Acrylic, 5% Elastane Machine Washable

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  • Neck Warmer Beechfield B900 Morf Original Snood Black

    Neck Warmer – microfibre

    100% Polyester – Microfibre (Not Fleece!) Multi-Purpose Use. AntiMicrobial 100% Polyester – Microfibre Dimensions: 50Cm X 24Cm

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USA Suppliers USA Supplier

  • Beechfield Unisex Plain Basic Fingerless Winter Gloves

    Fingerless Winter Gloves

    95% Acrylic, 5% Elastane Machine Washable

    View USA supplier
  • Neck Warmer Beechfield B900 Morf Original Snood Black

    Neck Warmer – microfibre

    100% Polyester – Microfibre (Not Fleece!) Multi-Purpose Use. AntiMicrobial 100% Polyester – Microfibre Dimensions: 50Cm X 24Cm

    View USA supplier

Canadian Suppliers Canadian Supplier

  • Beechfield Unisex Plain Basic Fingerless Winter Gloves

    Fingerless Winter Gloves

    95% Acrylic, 5% Elastane Machine Washable

    View Canadian supplier
  • Neck Warmer Beechfield Morf Original Snood

    Neck Warmer – microfibre

    Polyester Suprafleece for extra warmth. Breathable fabric. Machine washable/non iron. Seam free for comfort Dimensions: 50Cm X 24Cm

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2. Swing your arms when you walk

walking-with-smartphoneSo many people now walk whilst texting/chatting on their smart phone. For computer workers, holding the smart phone like this exacerbates the problem of having cold tensed muscles and tendons.

The best thing you can do for your arm pain is to walk with your arms swinging loosely and with gloves on

 

3. Fix the problems with your computer work station

Our page on keyboard and mouse ergonomics will show you what you can do to improve your work station arrangements to reduce the tension affecting your arm.

Ergonomic vertical mouse for mouse elbow - tennis elbow - golfers elbow - computer RSIkeyboard

4. Vibration therapy

Vibration therapy stimulates your muscles and tendons forcing them to work against the vibrations and so speeds the body’s own healing process in repairing injured muscle and tendon tissue.

deep-tissue-percussion-massagerThis physio massager is used by many physiotherapists and we can’t praise it enough! It is approximately 15 inches (45cm) long and a perfect weight for the job at 3.5lb (1.6kg). Don’t be tempted to buy lighter devices, they won’t be effective!

When you have been in a fixed posture for a while they are perfect for relieving tight muscles associated with long periods at the PC or laptop and driving cars and lorries.

Use the device on muscle or tendon. Don’t drag a physio massager across your neck while it is running. It is however possible to position this one carefully with its heads on either side of the back of your neck for neck pain relief.

Applying the vibrating head for 1 or 2 minutes to the affected area is usually enough to provide relief.

You can also use one of these in the car if you buy a Car Inverter Power Adapter which converts car battery voltage to mains electrical voltage and has a standard mains socket on it.

Vibration Therapy Buying Guide

UK Suppliers UK Suppliers

  • Compact 3D Vibration plate

    High quality compact 3D vibration plate with wide range of settings.

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  • reviber-massager

    Deep Tissue Massager

    2 speed, 3m cable, non-slip handle. Portable. Excellent therapeutic device with great build quality.

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  • Economy 600w vibration plate

    Economy 600 watt, clinical use machine with wide range of settings.

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  • theraputic-ultrasound-system

    Ultrasound treatment system

    Med-Fit ® Pro 3MHz Therapeutic Ultrasound system with comprehensive User and Application Guide.

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  • Whole body professional 900w vibration plate

    Professional 900 watt, clinical use machine with wide range of settings.

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USA Suppliers USA Supplier

  • reviber-massager

    Deep Tissue Massager

    2 speed, 3m cable, non-slip handle. Portable. Excellent therapeutic device with great build quality.

    View USA supplier
  • medium-home-vibration-plate2

    Medium Vibration plate

    Good home sized vibration plate with wide range of settings. Max. user weight: 330lbs. Easy to store.

    View USA supplier
  • home-vibration-plate-G10

    Premium Home Vibration plate

    High quality home sized vibration plate with wide range of settings. Max user weight: 310 lbs. Around 6 inches high.

    View USA supplier
  • theraputic-ultrasound-1mhz

    Ultrasound treatment system

    1MHz home Ultrasound system, comes with carry case, power adapter, user guide and ultrasound gel.

    View USA supplier
  • whole-body-professional-vibration-plate-G17

    Whole body professional vibration plate machine

    Professional, clinical use machine with wide range of settings.

    View USA supplier

Canadian Suppliers Canadian Supplier

  • homedics-massager

    Deep Tissue Massager

    variable speed, full grip handle. Portable. Excellent therapeutic device with great build quality.

    View Canadian Supplier
  • medium-home-vibration-plate2

    Medium Vibration plate

    Good home sized vibration plate with wide range of settings. Max. user weight: 330lbs. Easy to store.

    View Canadian Supplier
  • home-vibration-plate-G10

    Premium Home Vibration plate

    High quality home sized vibration plate with wide range of settings. Max user weight: 310 lbs. Around 6 inches high.

    View Canadian Supplier

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