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Could Your Smart Phone Be Harming Your Hand Health?

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Could Your Smart Phone Be Harming Your Hand Health?
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Did you know we spend an average of 10 hours a day on our phones and on social media? A new study published in the Journal of Hand Therapy shows that our constant phone use may be harming our hands. Our grip reflexes and nerves get damaged and a painful condition called De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis develops from incessant scrolling and texting. The study compared results from a group of 237 people to data collected in 1985. Not only can we not get a grip, literally, other aspects of our general health are negatively impacted. “Text neck,” characterized by stiffness and headaches, can be experienced when you’re hunched over your phone for a long time. Your lungs may also be affected when you are in that position, because it restricts blood flow to the area. Our advice to you: take regular phone breaks!