I thought this was a great article.  I know kids today live on their cell phones and all I see is text messaging going on.  With all the problems with carpel tunnel  and repetitive strain injury from the use of computers and the mouse, I can’t imagine what is going to happen in the future with text messaging.  I don’t think they realize what could happen to them with the repetitive strain injury to their thumbs.

Children who constantly text message their friends are at risk from developing repetitive strain injury (RSI), health experts have warned.

Regular texting using just the thumb to type can cause pain and swelling in the tendons and could eventually result in a long-term injury, said the Chartered Society of Physiotherapists (CSP).

As phones get smaller and more and more children acquire the technology, they are at risk of developing a condition more often associated with desk-bound adults.

The release of GCSE results this week could see the number of texts sent by children soar as they send their results to friends and family, said the CPS.

RSI risk

Bronwyn Clifford, of the Association of Chartered Physiotherapists in Occupational Health and Ergonomics, said:  “Physiotherapists are recognizing that text messaging regularly, over a long period of time, could cause RSI.  The thumb is not a very dexterous digit. It is good at grasping but not good for repetitive movement.”

“As mobile phone technology develops, handsets are getting smaller with buttons closer together.  Small, fine movements tend to aggravate more than larger movements.  If the buttons are smaller, they can be more difficult to activate.”

In order to avoid pain, Ms Clifford said:  “Don’t spend more than 5-10 minutes at a time text messaging and, if you must stay constantly in touch, try to spread the load and use both your fingers and thumbs to text.”

What I have been noticing is the kids use their thumbs to text as we adults use all of our fingers to type.  Some of the phones are made especially for text messaging.  These young adults can really move along when they text.  I have watched and,  man oh man, can they go fast just using their thumbs.  We will have to see what the result of all this texting is.  Time will tell if the report is true.  It sure makes sense to me.

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