In a world that's becoming increasingly digital and where a lot of time is spent in front of a screen, new complaints exist. You may have heard of mouse wrist. Or computer elbow? Texting thumb? This post lists tech injuries and what you can do to eliminate them.
What is a mouse wrist?
Mouse wrist is an umbrella term for several complaints in the arm, shoulder, hand, wrist, and neck. Mouse wrist often occurs in a non-ergonomic posture or due to one-sided work. That makes the ligaments, muscles, nerves, and tendons overstrained.
Symptoms of mouse wrist are:
- Pain and stiffness
- Muscle weakness
- Numbness and tingling
- Swelling from elbow to wrist
Mouse wrist - What to do?
You can get rid of or avoid mouse wrists by simple means. If the mouse wrist results from your position, you need to change your working position. Try to support your forearm against something, buy a (new) computer mouse, raise or lower your desk or desk chair, and alternate your sitting position with a standing position, for example.
To get rid of the stiffness and increase the blood flow when you're at work, you can massage your forearm with Flowgun Pocket. We recommend you use the massage head Hardhat Silicone, a flat massage head developed for flat areas, such as forearms.
What is computer elbow?
Computer elbow, better known as tennis elbow, is a joint among computer users. Computer elbow means that the muscle attachment at the elbow is inflamed.
Symptoms of computer elbow are:
- Pain in or around the elbow
- Difficulty grasping things
Computer elbow - What to do?
An inflamed muscle is the result of a force being overstrained. Performing the same monotonous movements repeatedly can be a reason. Reviewing your working posture and equipment to avoid computer elbow would be best.
What is texting thumb?
Texting thumb is exactly what it sounds like a thumb that has been texting too much. When the thumb texts too much, the muscles become overstrained, which causes pain.
Symptoms of texting thumb are:
- Tingling in and around the thumb
Texting thumb - What to do?
You don't necessarily need to stop texting to get rid of your texting thumb, even though good advice is to let go of your phone for a while. It's not only suitable for your sore thumb but also your eyes and your mind. You can also switch hands (and thumbs) when texting.
What is a text neck?
The text neck is the new vulture neck. It's caused by leaning over the phone for too long. It may not feel like such a big load, but the head is heavy. If you tilt your head 60 degrees forward, the load on your neck is around 30 kilos. It's not a big surprise you feel neck pain after a while in front of your phone.
Symptoms of text next are:
- Stiffness and pain in the neck and the upper part of the back
Text neck - What to do?
If you're suffering from pain caused by text neck, reducing your screen time is the best and most effective way to eliminate it. When using your phone - think of your ergonomic sitting position.
If you're stiff and immobile due to text neck, our massage pillow Flowpillow Heat can be beneficial. Flowpillow Heat has built-in infrared heating and three different speed levels so that you can adjust the treatment to your needs.
We can state that all tech-related injuries are based on repeated movement patterns. Make sure to alternate and vary, whether it's a sitting position, work tools, or even massage tools.