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3 Ways To Avoid Holiday Stress

Posted on by Chelsea Silva, PT, DPT

The holiday season is a busy time of the year, and with that often comes stress. While we would prefer to enjoy the celebrations, family time, and joy that accompanies the season, we can sometimes find ourselves spending time stressing over expectations, finances, and busy schedules instead. Here are three ways to help manage the stress that accompanies the holidays so you can get back to enjoying this magical time of year!


Writer’s Cramp

Posted on by Shelia M. Tenny, OTR/L, CHT

Writer’s cramp is a form of dystonia, or involuntary muscle contractions, which makes the fingers and hand move into abnormal postures when writing or performing other intensive hand activities, such as typing, playing an instrument, eating/feeding, brushing teeth, or brushing hair. This can cause pain, spasms, fatigue, and decreased legibility of penmanship or decreased task performance. A specific activity or movement can bring on the symptoms. The fingers may extend straight, or the wrist may flex and bend while the elbow extends straight. One might lose their grip or feel uncoordinated. Muscle spasms and hand cramps are more common in men than women. Poor posture and increased writing or playing time of an instrument can play a part in the symptoms, as well as increased stress or anxiety.


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