Chest Pain Relief Exercises & Stretches

Chest pain can be serious. It may be caused by temporary poor blood flow to the heart (angina), or by a sudden blockage in the coronary arteries resulting in a heart attack.

If you have chest pain, seek urgent medical help.

But there are a lot of other reasons also due to which you might be having chest pain such as problem in your food digestion, muscle strain and etc. And only the heart is not responsible for these pains maybe some other parts like chest muscles, bone, lungs, esophagus, skin, etc.

Referred Pain – when the cause of chest pain is coming from elsewhere in your body such as your stomach because of the complex nervous system.

In a heart attack, every minute counts. Urgent treatment is needed to prevent damage to the heart. If you think you are having a heart attack, or you are in doubt about the cause of your chest pain then immediately seek for medical help.

Chest pain – warning signs of a heart attack

 

Chest pain can be a warning sign of a heart attack. A heart attack happens when the blood supply to your heart becomes blocked and damages the heart muscle. Don’t wait to get help if you experience any of these heart attack warning signs. Some heart attacks are sudden and intense. But most start slowly, with mild pain or discomfort.

  • Chest discomfort – Most heart attacks involve discomfort in the center of the chest that lasts more than a few minutes – or it may go away and then return. It can feel like uncomfortable pressure, squeezing, fullness or pain.
  • Discomfort in other areas of the upper body – Symptoms can include pain or discomfort in one or both arms, the back, neck, jaw, or stomach.
  • Shortness of breath –This can occur with or without chest discomfort.
  • Other signs – Other possible signs include breaking out in a cold sweat, nausea, or lightheadedness.

If you’re a woman then you are more likely to experience symptoms like shortness of breath, nausea/vomiting, and back or jaw pain than men. Though the most common symptom is chest pain.

Chest Pain Relief Exercises-

1. Towel Stretch

  • Sit comfortably on the ground, yoga mat or you can do this on your bed also.
  • Keep your back straight.
  • Hold a towel with both hands shoulder-width and put your hands straight.
  • Breathe in/ and slowly lift your hands up while keeping your back and hands straight.
  • When you hit the top try to move your hands backward while holding the towel as much as you can.
  • Exhale and bring back your hands to the starting position.
  • Do 10 repetitions and do this exercise for 3 sets.

2. Behind arm stretch

  • You can do this one while standing or sitting as well.
  • Bring your hands backward and join them.
  • Make them straight, keep your body straight.
  • Now lift your hands up as much as you can.
  • Hold this position for 20 seconds and do it for 3 sets.

3. Touch the star

  • Just sit comfortably on the floor/yoga mat or on the bed.
  • Keep your hands straight just like the 1st exercise but this time without the towel.
  • Inhale and lift your hands up while keeping your back and arms completely straight.
  • And try to move your hands backward as much as you can.
  • Then exhale and bring them back to the starting position.
  • Perform 10 repetitions of this exercise and go for 3 sets.

NOTE- If you’ll feel pain while doing any of the exercises then do other stretches and if you’ll feel while doing all of these exercises then your pain might be serious. So you should consult a doctor as soon as possible.

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