“There is no such thing as bad movements, there are only movements you do not have movement capacity for.“
“If this is indeed the mechanism of injury, then the question that begs to be asked is: “Why are you taking so many selfies?”.“
I am not a psychologist but if my patient presented to me with pain brought about by such a repetitive behaviour, I would want to understand what is driving this behaviour. Is it to boost their self esteem? Is it a form of escapism and if so, what from? Are they chasing likes and comments on social media for validation? Do they have a smart phone addiction? We know that people with poorer mental health are more likely to experience pain; how does this tie in with the need to selfie until your wrist hurts? These I believe, are the real concerns of “Selfie Wrist”.
“Beyond the joys of photography and a seemingly innocuous case of wrist pain can lurk a shadow masking serious health concerns.“
- Phone size. Mobile phones can get pretty big these days and if you have a case as well it can weigh a bit.
- To capture that perfect selfie does require one to try out different poses and angles, you may end up twisting your wrist in all sorts of unusual positions, holding a small weight at an unaccustomed angle for an extended period of time can be a strain.
- Manicure. When you have long nails that extend well past your fingertips you are no longer able to use a strong, functional grip which means you most likely resort to awkward and weak grips for selfie activities.
- Use a timer. Set yourself a 10-second timer so you have time to frame your shot and don’t have to worry about wringing your hand to hit the trigger without dropping your phone.
- Take a video instead. Set your phone to record then take screenshots of your fav frames.
- Invest in a selfie stick. My fav is the Joby GripTight PRO TelePod (not an affiliate link). I mainly use it as a tripod on my desk to film videos for social media but the extended grip feature is strong and solid for selfies. It even comes with a bluetooth remote to trigger your shutter!
Selina is a health content creator-musician-physiotherapist based in Brisbane, Australia. She is the director of MoveMedics and its subsidiaries, Voice Physio and Pole Physio. She is passionate about dispelling misinformation, simplifying healthcare, and empowering people with evidence-based knowledge for healthy and pain-free living. She enjoys running, attempting handstands, Formula 1 Racing, and publishes music under her nom de plume, Asirus.