Face it; we’re on our phones and computers every day. Whether you’re typing away at a keyboard, uploading a picture to a social media site, or sending a text to a friend—you’re plugged into technology all the time.
Prevent some long-term effects from these repetitive tasks with our a few tricks and tips offered by the Chiropractors at AICA Snellville.
As indicated by the name, text thumb is when you experience pain or discomfort in the wrist and/or thumb, due to repetitive movements when typing on small, handheld devices.
- Keep your messages simple and short; use the word prediction or auto-complete features.
- Keep your grip neutral and your wrists straight when texting.
- Pay attention to pain; purchase thumb or wrist support to help stabilize the affected area.
- Save non-urgent emails for your computer keyboard.
- Take regular breaks; don’t type for more than three minutes at a time.
- Use alternating fingers—not just your thumbs.
Not long after Blackberry thumb became a buzz word, text neck arrived on the scene. Chiropractors and medical doctors warn that slumping over your phone can lead to a forward head position, headaches, neck strain and discomfort.
- If you must look down, don’t extend your chin forward. Gently tuck it in.
- Sit up straight, your shoulder blades down and back, and your ears aligned with your shoulders.
- To avoid poor posture, reorient yourself to hold your arms out and look straight ahead.
Bonus Tips! Desktop & Laptop
Aside from all the texting, you are likely spend some time at a laptop or desktop computer which can also lead to repetitive use injury and strain, such as carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Again, sit up tall with your shoulders and head back, aligning your ears with your shoulders.
- Keep your knees, hips and elbows at 90-degree angles, and your feet parallel to the ground. Use a footstool if necessary.
- Receive regular chiropractic adjustments; ask your chiropractor to show you some helpful stretches.