In Motion OC - June 2019

ENJOY YOUR FAMILY TIME BY TAKING A BREAK FROM YOUR PHONE

Setting some time aside to be with family is important, but it can be difficult when everyone is always on their cellphones. Constant cellphone use has become a global problem, and the habit is hard to break because we rely on mobile devices heavily for work, school, and keeping in contact with friends and family. Luckily, there are plenty of apps that can reduce how often you’re on your phone and minimize distractions.

lockdown because you won’t have access to those specific apps until the timer runs out. FOREST In the time that Forest takes control of your device for a set time limit, the app starts growing a tree. Once the tree is fully grown, your time is up, and it joins the other trees that were grown during other breaks. If you pick up your phone and try to access an app, Forest will send you a notification asking you if you want to kill your baby tree by giving up. Who says guilt isn’t a good motivator? BESIDES APPS Aside from using these apps, silencing your phone and putting it in another room, leaving it in your car if you’re out at dinner, or keeping it in your purse or back pocket during a social event can also reduce your screen time. Having your phone out of sight and out of reach will keep the temptation of pulling it out at bay. Spending time with your family is crucial, and with these apps and tips, you’ll enjoy each other’s company without too many screen distractions.

SIEMPO After you install Siempo on your phone, it will ask which apps are likely to distract you. Once you select them, the app will move those apps away from the home screen and place the important ones, such as the messaging, contacts, email, and calendar apps, on the first screen. You can also designate times for specific apps to be used throughout the day. STAY FOCUSED Stay Focused is like Siempo, but there are some significant differences. You can set times to access certain apps and put the most distracting ones on lock. Stay Focused also has a “strict mode” that prevents you from uninstalling it, so be sure to think carefully before activating the

HOW IT’S CAUSED AND TREATED WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT CARPAL TUNNEL SYNDROME

Surrounded on all sides by bone and sturdy ligaments, the narrow passageway known as the carpal tunnel holds nine flexor tendons and the median nerve. The bones below and on the sides of the carpal tunnel are called the carpal bones, and the band of tissue on top of the carpal tunnel is called the transverse carpal ligament. These boundaries do not give the carpal tunnel a lot of room to stretch or swell. The median nerve is essential for providing feeling and making motion possible in the hands and fingers. Carpal tunnel syndrome occurs when swelling in the tendons surrounding the tunnel puts pressure on the median nerve. This causes numbness, pain, or tingling in the hand and wrist. A number of factors can increase the likelihood of experiencing

carpal tunnel syndrome, including a family history of the condition, repeating the same hand and wrist motions over an extended period of time, or other health conditions, such as diabetes or arthritis, among other factors. Short of surgery, which is necessary in the most extreme cases of carpal tunnel syndrome, there are a number of treatment options. Sometimes it’s necessary to wear a brace or splint, avoid certain activities that might aggravate the condition, take over-the-counter pain medications, or try physical therapy. Our physical therapists can help you understand the pain you’re feeling in your hands and wrists, as well as help you recover and improve their mobility. Give us a call today.

We use our hands for many different tasks throughout the day, from driving to eating and typing to twisting doorknobs. It’s no surprise that the hands and wrists are some of the most common areas where people experience pain. One of the most well-known hand and wrist injuries is carpal tunnel syndrome. This condition can worsen over time, so it’s important to treat it as soon as you can. Here are some important things to know about carpal tunnel syndrome.

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