Texting is a Pain in the Neck!

Texting is a Pain in the Neck!

Texting is a Pain in the Neck!

A new study led by Judith Gold of Temple University suggests that the repetitive action of working your fingers across the number pad of your mobile phone can cause some of the same chronic pain problems that were previously confined to those who’d spent a lifetime typing. Gold says, “The possible connection is particularly worrying given how much teens and young adults are increasingly using their mobiles in professional settings”

Although the technology is new, the links between carpal tunnel syndrome, bursitis, and tendonitis for office workers and others who spend much of their day typing are firmly established. The similarities in body position, findings from research on overuse injuries from computers could be applicable to texting. Gold explains, ”The way the body is positioned for texting – stationary shoulders and back with rapidly moving fingers – is similar to the position for typing on a computer,”

There are also more studies that have shown the effects of using an Ipad linked to neck pain. The low angle is due to the positioning of the laptop on the person’s lap or a sharper lower angle. This can have a detrimental effect on the person’s posture and cause neck and shoulder pain. In the study, those who held their tablet at a higher angle had reduced neck and back pain as well as better posture during usage.

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