Wrist pain? It might be related to your screen time!

Can you actually get wrist pain from using your devices (handphone, tablet) too much? The simple answer is, YES!

A study on this issue revealed that it is in fact, common among mobile phone users. Besides, they also found that time spent on mobile phones correlates with higher frequency of wrist pain and disabilities.

This is alarming, as the world we live in right now can no longer function without mobile phones. We rely on them for everything – payment, work, getting grab rides, and entertainment, to name a few.

So how do we know that too much is too much? Does our daily posture affect wrist pain too? And what can we do to reduce our wrist pain?


We all know the benefits of exercise such as improved physical and mental wellbeing, improved performance, improved energy levels, etc. However, we also know that after exercise, we will experience discomfort in our muscles due to the stress that exercise place on our bodies. This discomfort is normal after exercise and it is called delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).

DOMS is often confused with actual pain from injury. Pain is an unhealthy and abnormal response which signals that there is something wrong with our body and we need to do something about it. In the lower back, it is even more confusing because the symptoms may be very similar. Therefore, it is important to understand the difference between pain and DOMS. Here are some ways you can differentiate them. 


Looking at the current number of covid community cases in Singapore, it looks like working from home (WFH) will be the default for at least a few more months. Some of us do not have the proper set-up at home, compared to our work office ergonomics. Many of us spend our working hours crouched on our bed/sofa or slouched at the dining table. To make matters worse, our working hours are even longer now. Therefore, it’s important that we start looking at solutions to improve our posture. After all, preventing is better than cure.

The ideal set-up would be to have an adjustable standing desk so that we can alternate between standing and sitting. But what if we don’t have an adjustable table?