Exercises for Circulation Problems in the Right Arm

by Jason Aberdeene

About Jason Aberdeene

Jason Aberdeene has been a freelance writer since 2008. His articles have appeared in the "UCSD Guardian" and on various websites, specializing in teen health. An assistant at Kagan Physical Therapy since 2009, Aberdeene has a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of California, San Diego.

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Tingling sensations and numbness in your right arm are usually the result of poor circulation. The root problem may as serious as peripheral artery disease, or as benign as sleeping on your right arm too long or overworking it during a tough tennis match. Of course, you'll want to have your doctor rule out any significant health problems. Once that's done, you can address minor circulation problems in the right arm by performing a few targeted exercises.

Arm Circles

Arm circles are a basic movement that can boost circulation in your arm. Sit in a chair with your back straight and feet flat on the floor. From this position, take your right arm and rotate it backward, pulling back your right shoulder blade to start it in motion. Continue to rotate your right arm until you perform a full rotation back, up and forward with your arm fully extended.

Upper Spine Stretching Exercise

Stretching the upper spine will loosen your upper back muscles and help unblock any areas in your right arm that suffer from poor circulation. Grab a Swiss ball and roll it to the center of a room. Lie on the ball with the midsection of your back on the center of the ball. Place both of your feet flat on the floor with your knees bent at 90-degree angles. Extend your arms out and away from your body; they should be parallel with the ground. Hold for several minutes before stopping.

Forward Arm Reach

The forward arm reach will help get circulation flowing and reduce that tingly feeling in your right arm. Sit on the edge of a chair with your back straight, knees bent and feet flat on the floor. Intertwine your fingers and push both palms of your hands out and away from your body until your arms are fully extended. Hold for 10 seconds and repeat twice.

Shoulder Circles

Shoulder circles release tension in your shoulder muscles and allow blood vessels to flow freely through your arm. Stand straight with your arms at your sides and knees bent. Roll your shoulders in a backward motion, lifting your shoulder blades back to help increase the motion. Continue to roll your shoulders in a circular motion until they are back in their original position. Repeat this exercise 10 times, keeping your gaze facing forward the entire time.

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