If you spend an extended period of time on your phone, scrolling through timelines, liking photos and sending messages, you’ve probably experienced “text claw.” Defined as “the pain you get throughout your wrist and hands after constant use,” text claw isn’t an official medical diagnosis but most people have experience with the feeling. After constant use, your wrist can feel inflamed and can turn into tendinitis or even Carpal Tunnel. For those reasons, we’ve decided to post a few tips to deal with that unpleasant feeling when you’ve been on your phone typing away too long because, let’s face it, phones aren’t going away any time soon.
Take a Break
This may seem obvious but the truth is, people who suffer from text claw often forget to give their delicate tendons and muscles a break. When you first start to feel the effects of typing and scrolling for too long, give your wrist some time to recover. By doing so, you reduce the risk of a small problem becoming a big one.
Stretch Your Wrist
Stretching helps to loosen muscles and joints. Doing so can help you with any pain incurred by texting too much. Stretching your wrist also helps keep them in working motion for a long day of use.
Like most inflammation, text claw can be treated with direct contact with ice. Put a bag of ice on the area in question for about 10-15 minutes twice a day to reduce the risks of text claw.