Who knew that there is now a well-known term called ‘Text claw’?
It might not be an official medical diagnosis, but anyone who’s spent enough time on a smartphone can testify that this is indeed something many of us suffer from.
Discomfort in hands, wrists, forearm, and fingers is quite common and it is all down to too much time on our phones, iPad, and laptops.
Any kind of fine motor activity can lead to issues with tendons or muscles, there is no specific diagnosis that comes from people using technology devices, it would be the same if you were to be flicking through a book all the time or making paper planes.
BUT… being constantly on our devices can exacerbate the condition and all of a sudden, we are wondering why we have such uncomfortable hands, wrists, and fingers.
And just because your thumb seems to be doing all the work does not mean the discomfort is confined to the hand. Many times, repetitive hand motions lead to discomfort in the wrist and forearm because they are all connected.
However, as we know it is practically impossible to engage in all the many features of smartphones — Web browsing, texting, videos, photo editing — without using our hands.
Check out some ideas below for you to try if you feel discomfort starting to creep in…
Apply heat (or cold!) to the affected area
Using heat is something anyone can do at home, whether it’s with a hot towel or a hot pad. In cases of chronic tendinitis, where the pain is experienced for longer than a week for an extended period, heat can help to relax the muscles, allowing for better stretching.
Add some topical CBD and essential oils
Everyone is talking about CBD and CBD topicals are helping many people.
CBD massage oils are great but when using on a smaller area they can be too greasy for your hands.
Hapi Hemp has two great CBD products that are both small enough for a bag, portable, and highly effective.
CBD+ roller – this super-potent roll-on is their highest strength CBD topical product full of powerful essential oils including:
Not only is the CBD roller great for hands, but it can also be used on temples, forehead, knees, and feet! It is a wonderful multi-functional CBD product!
Another one is their Hapi Hemp CBD hand and nail treatment, not only does it treat your hands and nails it also has CBD and essential oils which will of course aid any discomfort you have in your hands and fingers.
CBD is super for strengthening nails, so you are getting a 2 in 1 product.
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Exercises for your hands and fingers
Stretch your arm out so that the hand extends backward, stretching the muscles
Lift your arm on an incline and bend your hand back against the incline. This helps to stretch the tendons out further and provides a foundation for the following exercise.
Search for tightness and nodules by massage
Use your fingers to press down on your forearm, moving up and down to search for nodules, which occur when the muscles go into spasm. You want to break it up as it will feel like a little ball under the skin. You can apply this pressing down massage motion any place you are feeling pain, whether it’s in your forearm, your hand near the thumb, or on another part of your hand or arm.
Say a prayer
Put hands together in a prayer-type gesture and holds it for several seconds.
Stretch your hand back
Pull your fingers gently back so your fingertips are starting to point back towards the top of your hand, you will feel a stretch here as we are so used to our fingers clenched in the opposite direction.
Of course, your best bet when you first start experiencing pain in your hands, wrists, or arms, is to just take a break. If your pain is clearly caused by smartphone use/texting, modify the way you use your phone so that you’re using your index finger and not your thumb to press buttons or touch the screen, as well as downloading a voice dictation app so you don’t have to type as much.
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