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Scrolling through Instagram. Scrolling through Facebook. Scrolling through Twitter. Yes, social media is a wonderful way to keep connected to people around the corner and around the world, but all that scrolling is doing a real number on our eyes! Here are 4 Acupressure Points To Relieve Eye Strain.

Regular focal length for normal vision is about 12 inches, but typically we do not hold our phones that close to our face when we are reading online messages. This forces the muscles of our eyes to contract more intensely to focus our vision. Couple that with the speed at which people will scroll and scan through lines of text, forces the eye muscles to go into overdrive. To add insult to injury, the harsh bright light that the screens emit exerts additional strain on the eyes, making everything that much worse.

Symptoms such as sore, tired, burning or itching, watery or dry eyes, blurred or double vision, headache, sore neck, shoulders or back. These are but a few of the problems that people commonly suffer from these days as our phones have become a new permanent appendage and object of affection.

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The obvious answer….” turn the phone off once in a while!” But let’s be serious, when was the last time you actually turned your phone off, other than when an app was malfunctioning? For most people, it is the first thing they look at when they wake and the last thing they look at before they go to bed. In between, studies show that people check their phones every 6 1/2 minutes or roughly 80 times a day.

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Disease is a product of behaviour, but so is health. Unfortunately, the reality is, people are not going to change this destructive behaviour. So the answer is the addition of healthful behaviours to balance the equation.

This 5 minutes Acupressure Massage or Tuina (pronounced Twee Na) Program can be done as often as you like. The best part is, you can do it right at your desk, bathroom or anywhere in-between.  The addition of this beneficial behaviour with help to balance out your phone scrolling addiction that is leaving you with perpetually scratchy, tired, sandpaper eyes.

……..give it a try!

 

4 Acupressure Points To Relieve Eye Strain

 

Bodhi Batista, R.Ac

For over twenty years, Bodhi Batista has been motivating and educating people of all ages, to lead healthier lives by building stronger, healthier bodies. With formal training in Sociology and Kinesiology from The University of Western Ontario combined with several fitness consulting certifications, including the American Council on Exercise (A.C.E.) and the International Institute of Medical Qi Gong and an honors degree in Acupuncture from the Toronto School of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Bodhi's patients have come to trust and depend on his diverse wealth of knowledge in all aspects of health, nutrition, flexibility, muscular conditioning, philosophy, meditation, and martial arts.
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