You might be addicted to the smart buddy that you hold tightly in your hands but tread with caution. You need to make sure that you keep a check into your phone using posture. By this, we mean that you give your body a rest and do small handy exercises. For this, you need to learn the Right Way to Use Your Phone. It’s not that there’s anything wrong with loving and using your phone. But there might be something wrong with the way you use it and that is what we will try to highlight in the article. Without proper care, prolonged cell phone use can cause issues starting from a painful neck to dry eyes and more.
We have lined up a few problems that you might face or might be going through one and how to prevent it. The terms by which they are defined are unofficial phrases and mostly slangs but they relate properly.
You must have guessed by its name the symptoms start from a tingly, itchy, or burning numbness in your palm near your thumb that happens because of carpal tunnel syndrome.
Carpal tunnel occurs when the median nerve in the, well, carpal tunnel in your hand becomes compressed. This tunnel is formed by the wrist bones and the ligament over them, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). “The median nerve provides sensation to the thumb,” Dr. Casey explains, and using your thumb a ton to text or scroll can pinch it, leading to swelling, she explains. This can result in carpal tunnel symptoms like pain, numbness, thumb muscle weakness, and decreased function, according to the NINDS.
How to Prevent it:
- Get a grip for the back of your phone that you can use to prop up the device on a surface. That way, you can use your other fingers to tap out messages, putting less stress on your hand.
- Stretch your wrists and fingers regularly. For example, you can flex and curl your wrists, or alternate between making fists and extending your fingers.
It’s an open fact that staring at a screen for long periods of time can lead you to blink less than normal, which can cause dry eyes. When you blink, basal tears (also called your tear film on the cornea) nourish your eyes, keeping them hydrated. When you’re lost in an endless Twitter scroll? That process doesn’t happen as much. In addition to dryness, this can cause some major irritation and symptoms like stinging, burning, and redness.
How to Prevent it:
- Remind yourself to blink when you use your phone. You can come up with a rule for yourself, such as blinking five times to freshen your tear film every time you favorite a tweet.
- Try taking a 20-second break from your phone to look at something 20 feet away every 20 minutes or so, the American Optometric Association suggests.
Cell phone elbow
Cell phone elbow is when the ulnar nerve running from your neck to your hand and along your elbow gets compressed. It can cause aching, burning, numbness, or tingling around your elbow, down your arm into the pinky side of your hand, and into your pinky and ring fingers.
If you keep your elbow bent for a long time (when you’re talking on the phone or texting, for example), you can increase pressure on the ulnar nerve and compress it, especially if you’re adding pressure by leaning against a table.
How to Prevent it:
- If you spend a lot of time on the phone, switch hands frequently or use a hands-free headset.
- Stretch by putting your hands in prayer position at chest level, pushing your wrists farther down your body, then bringing them back up. You can also extend your arms straight behind your body, flexing your elbows.
Hope these things will help you out to learn and figure out how to stay fit. Don’t forget to comment below.