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Is there an Exercise to Relieve Strained Muscles Under My Right Arm?

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Crystal Welch has a 30-year writing history. Her more than 2,000 published works have been included in the health and fitness-related Wellness Directory, Earthdance Press and Higher Source. She is an award-winning writer who teaches whole foods cooking and has written a cookbook series. She operates an HON-code-certified health-related blog with more than 95,000 readers. Welch has a B.B.A. from Eastern Michigan University.
Is there an Exercise to Relieve Strained Muscles Under My Right Arm?
Exercises can improve your armpit muscle health and functioning. Photo Credit George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images

Exercises to relieve strained muscles under your right arm will improve the health of your axilla, otherwise known as the underarm, area underneath where your shoulder joint connects your arm. Exercises need to be done using smooth movements and no sudden jerking motions. Check with your doctor first since not all exercises may be suitable for your individual situation.

Pressure Massaging

Strained muscles under my right arm may be caused by carpal tunnel syndrome that results from using the same muscles in a repetitive manner, according to Carpal Tunnel Pain Relief Now. Affected muscles can become tight, form knots and start contracting or becoming spasmodic. Relief the strain by placing your left hand underneath your right arm, in the armpit area. Gently lift your right arm to allow enough space for your left hand. Place your left-hand fingers onto the tight spot under your right arm. Apply pressure and begin massaging in a circular motion for 30 seconds. Release the pressure. Relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise twice.

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Wall Side Stretch

Exercises to relieve strained muscles under my right arm can be done using a wall, according to the physical therapy firm Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. Stretch the back of your neck and underarm muscles by doing a wall side stretch. Stand upright with your right side against a wall. Slowly lift your right arm and bend your elbow. Place your elbow against the wall so your upper arm is parallel to the floor. Open your hand and stabilize your head by placing your open palm against the backside of your head. Turn your head slightly to the left side. Inhale deeply. Slowly exhale and increase the stretch by lowering your body bending your knees. Keep your elbow in place. Hold this position 30 seconds. Slowly return your body to the original position. Relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times.

Seated Stretching

Exercises to relieve strained muscles under your right arm can stretch out your chest and shoulder muscles, according to the Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. Sit upright in a chair placed next to a table or other firm surface. Gently lift your right arm and place it onto the table, palm open and facing downward. Slowly slide your arm forward while gently bending from your waist. Bend as far as possible. Hold this stretch for 20 seconds. Slowly return to the upright position. Relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise five times. Shoot for a goal of stretching your upper body so your head is level with the table side.

Doorway Stretching

Exercises to relieve strained muscles under your right arm can be done using a doorway. Stretch your underarm muscles by standing upright in a doorway, feet shoulder-width apart. Slowly lift your arms and place a hand on each doorway side so your arms resemble the letter "U", according to Nicholas Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma. Place your upper arms in a parallel line to the floor, with your palms and lower arms directly on the door wall. Slightly bend your knees. Slowly and gently lean your upper body forward. When you feel a stretch in your underarm and chest area, hold that stretch for 20 seconds. Slowly return your body to the original position. Relax 10 seconds. Repeat this exercise 10 times. If a doorway is not available, do this stretching exercise while facing a wall corner.

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