Is Texting The Cause Of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?
Texting is getting a bum rap as being the cause of carpal tunnel, sore wrists, arms, shoulders, and neck pain. Texting is not the cause but the symptom of the problem. It's how you text that is the source of pain and discomfort.
Before smartphones people used typewriters and computer keyboards to write letters, messages, books, and so on. Using a typewriter or keyboard is physically more demanding than texting so why are more people in pain today?
The change has been gradual. Over the last 60 years physical pain complaints have risen exponentially, including carpal tunnel syndrome. We are becoming more sedentary than ever and yet we experience more pain. What is going on?
How The Brain Works
We no longer function the way our brain works. We rely on our consciousness to control how we function. The sensory part of the brain which tells you when you are doing an activity or function poorly by letting you know how it feels is ignored or overridden. Ignoring or overriding your sensory brain is hazardous because you will end up in pain.
When you are born you learn to function using your sensory brain. The sensory brain processes all information and sends a tiny fraction of that information to your consciousness. This is how you develop cognition. Quite soon in your development you are taught to switch from the sensory learning to rely on your consciousness. You are instructed the body is like a machine that must be tuned up and told what to do. Society is structured to treat the body like a machine. Think about how you exercise, how education separates the mind from the body, how the health industry treats your body like a machine with breaking parts, and even how society approaches work and the workplace.
Neuroscience is rapidly debunking theories that the mind is superior to and controls the body. It turns out all information that enters the brain is through the senses. What activates the senses? Movement.
Movement is complex because the brain only cares about movement(s) that are part of an intention. You may have an intention to catch a ball, write a letter, or text someone. But it's not just the intention, it's how you execute it that matters. The brain habituates any repetitive function you do. It will habituate poor functionality as happily as it habituates well organized functionality.
You have the power to habituate poor functionality or optimal functionality by your response to the messages your brain is sending to your consciousness as you perform a function. If you ignore or override the sensory messages from your brain then you are guaranteed to habituate poor functionality.
The Brain Creates Neural Maps Of Habits
The brain is designed to create habits to free up your consciousness for new information. Neural maps are created for every function that you do. Neural maps are compromised from trauma or poorly organized functionality. Fortunately the neural maps can be improved by reconnecting to the powerful sensory brain. NeuroElements shows you how to reconnect to your sensory brain so that you are empowered to improve your own neural maps.
The only person that can resolve your pain is you. By understanding how your brain works and by understanding the physics of the world you live in and how your body is best organized to function in it is your path to getting out of pain in all you do.
Try the following practice to tap into your sensory brain:
- Get a ball that easily fits in your hand ( a tennis ball works well for most )
- Start to squeeze the ball evenly with your hand. Notice if your wrist is rigid and is starting to hurt. Release the wrist while you try to squeeze the ball. Create even pressure. Notice in the picture that the wrist and palm are smooth and not overworking.
- Release the palm of the hand to soften the feel of the ball. Release through the fingers to soften the feel of the ball and then slowly increase pressure. (think of a boa constrictor snake)
- Once you have soft wrists, release your elbow and continue to apply pressure.
- Finally, release the shoulder as you apply pressure.
- Release your neck and jaw as you apply pressure.
The result is a strong pressure that travels throughout the body with no blockage in any joint. Practice this many times and try to maintain the released joints as you text or do any activity using your arms.