Is All That Texting Giving You a Sore Thumb?
Texting has become one of the most popular means of communicating in today’s techno savvy world. In a study conducted by the Pew Research Center, it was found that Americans between the ages of 18 to 24 sent an average of 110 texts per day. That’s insane! While you are typing out all those messages, you are putting unfavorable tension and pressure on your thumbs. Over time, continuous use of your thumbs for texting can lead to painful tendonitis, which is inflammation of the tendons, and you can develop premature arthritis. That sounds like a problem that no one wants!
Lucky, we have a solution that will help mitigate the tension and pain that can happen in your thumbs due to texting. It’s a simple stretching exercise. Take a rubber band and wrap it around your thumb and index finger. Next, move your thumb and index finger in opposite directions from one another, hold for 3 seconds and then bring your thumb and index finger back together. It is recommended to perform this movement for about 20 repetitions. By doing this exercise, you will stretch overworked muscles thus protecting your thumbs from unwanted problems and complications due to constant texting.
In addition to addressing spinal health, chiropractic adjustments can help restore function and provide relief for a number of misalignment issues that occur between the 27 bones of the wrist/hand. If you experience thumb pain due to excessive texting or any pain in your hand/wrist, chiropractic care can be an effective method of correcting the cause of your pain and preventing future problems.
Hope everyone has a happy and healthy week! Remember to stop by Smith Chiropractic Family Care and Sports Injury Center. We will be back next week with another important health & technology tip.