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iVillage: 10 Hidden Causes of Pain

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Where does it hurt? Neck and shoulders

Why? When we do fine-motor work such as texting, we tend to tighten our muscles and hold our breath or breathe shallowly. The resulting muscle tension can lead to pain—not only in the hands, but also all the way up to the neck and shoulders.

How to avoid it? Erik Peper, Ph.D., a professor of holistic health studies at San Francisco State University, recommends taking microbreaks (momentarily shifting position or relaxing tight muscles) when doing fine-motor work such as texting, typing or using a mouse. Place your hands in your lap and relax them, roll your shoulders backwards or simply lift your shoulders and drop them. Then go back to work.

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