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Massage Therapist: Smart Phones Can Mean Big Problems For Thumbs

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A man operates an iPhone (Photo credit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

A man operates an iPhone (Photo credit:ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A professional massage therapist is warning that it’s not just the big muscles than can put a crimp in your style.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, Courtney Lewis, founder of The Rub Chicago at 948 W. Huron St., calls the new malady “helicopter thumb,” for the high-speed rotating motion of the dedicated smart phone browser.

“Absolutely – I mean, you see it a lot with iPhones, and H2C phones, and anything that doesn’t actually have a keypad, where you’re using your thumb to scroll through pages and to advance pages – overusing; overextending your thumb joint,” Lewis said.

Lewis says massage by a licensed therapist can reduce the pain associated with helicopter thumb.

But she says those who live by the smart phone need to change up once in a while, and scroll with the forefinger for a while to give the thumb break.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

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