By now, most massage therapists are aware of the infamous Texting Thumb—the hand, finger and thumb pain and stiffness that can result from overly enthusiastic texting, or typing on a hand-held phone that does everything for you.
New research shows that a second phone-related condition is making itself known: neck-and-shoulder pain directly related to texting. …
“Most young adults prefer texting over e-mail or phone calls, and ergonomics researchers are starting to wonder whether it’s putting the younger generation at risk for some overuse injuries once reserved for older adults who have spent years in front of a computers,” noted a press release from the department of Epidemiology at the College of Health Professions and Social Work at Temple University (Philadelphia, USA), whose researchers conducted the study.
“Looking around our campus, you see every student on their cell phones, typing away,” Gold said. “It’s the age group that texts the most, so it’s important to know what the health effects may be to learn whether it will cause long term damage.”
What can you do? This little info-graphic is brought to us by So King, the inventor of Candy Crush (I haven’t tried it yet and don’t want to!). It’s a mobile warm up designed for those addicted to the games but it still is relevant for texting.