If you are spending lots of time on your cell phone, then this is something you should read!
We’ve heard that looking down at a smartphone puts pressure on the spine and may damage your eyes. We’ve also heard that soreness and cramping in the wrists, forearms and fingers can be result from the overuse of our cell phones.
But, did you know that using your pinky to cradle your device could lead to temporary pain or even a deformity of your pinky finger?
A warning was released recently by a Japanese cell phone provider NTT Docomo to users via Twitter about the deformity called ”smartphone pinky”. It is the result of using your little finger to support the weight of your phone. When you hold a heavy smartphone in your hand, it rests and presses on the inside of your end pinky joint, a susceptible spot for pain to develop. According to Rocket News 24, doing so too often may lead to the development of an ”indentation between the first and second joints of your pinky”.
Of course, any repetitive motion of your fingers or hands can lead to pain, tendinitis or even carpal tunnel syndrome, but because your mobile use strongly relies on the pinky — we use the little digit for balance and for a sturdy grip — it may not be safe to be on your phone all the time.
So what should you do?
Take frequent breaks from using your phone and try not to depend on your pinky finger to support your phone’s weight when you are using it. While it might be hard, smartphone pinky is worse.
Another option is to put your phone on a table and type from there. When the phone is at rest, you are not going to irritate your hand too much.
Here are some easy stretches you can do at home if you feel pain in your fingers:
– Apply heat or cold to the painful area. It is better to apply cold because heat can cause swelling and more pain.
– Stretch your arm out and extend the hand backward, stretching the muscles.0
– Massage the tightness and nodules. Use your fingers and press down on the forearm, moving up and down to search for nodules. They occur when the muscles go into spasm.
– Stretch on your own by putting your hands together in a prayer-type gesture, and hold it for a few
– Stretch your hand back and pull your fingers gently towards yourself while your arm is turned upside-down.
– Flex your hand forward. Turn your wrist down and pull your fingers down and toward yourself.