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How often do you text? Type? Play video games? Tap your iPhone? These tools have become staples in society, but they’ve also given us new ways to use and abuse our hands.
Your hand is a delicate network of muscles, joints and tendons. And while your paws may be powerful, they’re also prone to overuse injuries. An overuse injury is just what it sounds like—pain, soreness or inflammation that occurs when you do a particular motion over and over again.
You’ve probably heard of writer’s cramp, when the hand seizes up from too much scribbling or typing, but there are other problems that could develop if you text, type or toggle too much.
To ward off injury, take a few moments each day to stretch your hands and arms. The gentle movements can release tension and ease strained muscles. Plus, it’s a quick way to reenergize! The American Society of Hand Therapists suggests these simple stretches to keep texting injuries at bay:
These stretches are not intended to cause pain, so if you feel any discomfort during a stretch, stop immediately. In addition to stretching, give your hands a rest from time to time. Turn off your Blackberry, shut down the Xbox and spend an hour or two playing soccer or walking through a park. Handheld devices may be convenient, but they’re not worth compromising your health.