Can Your Apple Watch Cause Wrist Atrophy?

Can Your Apple Watch Cause Wrist Atrophy?

Have you experienced seeing your wrist looking "thinner" after wearing your smartwatch for months? What you experienced might be what people call atrophy. Atrophy is the progressive degeneration or shrinkage of muscle or nerve tissue. There are two types of atrophy. One is muscle atrophy and the other is brain or cerebral atrophy. The kind you experienced is muscle atrophy. 

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According to experts, muscle atrophy is the wasting or loss of muscle tissue. It has two types: disuse and neurogenic. Disuse atrophy occurs from a lack of physical exercise. In most people, muscle atrophy is caused by not using the muscles enough. Neurogenic atrophy, on the other hand, occurs when there's an injury to or disease of a nerve such as with MS. It tends to occur more suddenly than disuse atrophy. Minor muscle atrophy causes some loss of movement or strength. Its symptoms include the following: 

  • Balance problems, difficulty in walking, and falls
  • Facial weakness
  • Difficulty with speaking and swallowing
  • Gradual memory loss
  • Loss of muscle coordination
  • Impaired balance and coordination
  • Numbness or tingling in arms or legs 
  • Progressive loss of movement
  • Progressive weakness and numbness in the legs

Can an Apple Watch Cause Wrist Atrophy?

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There are several threads on the internet that talk about Apple Watch users having a problem with muscle waste on their wrist where their smartwatch sits. Some even experienced losing tissue under the skin. Apple suggests removing your Apple Watch if you experienced redness, swelling, itchiness, or any other irritation or any other kind of pain beneath your watch. You should also consult a doctor or physician before wearing your Apple device again. 

Moreover, you should wear your Apple Watch with the right fit. It means that it should not be too tight or too loose. Make sure it has room for your skin to breathe. You will feel comfortable wearing your Apple Watch and, at the same time, the sensors on the device can do their jobs. Apple Watch users, for their part, suggest that you switch watch straps all the time. If you're working out, you can use a sports band, and for office or formal events, you can wear a leather strap. 

Getting The Correct Apple Watch Strap For Your Wrist

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As mentioned above, Apple advises that you wear your Apple Watch with the right fit. It means your watch strap should be not too big or too small for your wrist. Fortunately, there are several methods you can use to get the right Apple Watch Band size for you:

  • Using the Apple Printable Guide

You can find a printable guide you can download on the Apple webpage for Apple Solo Loop. This tool can help you determine the correct size of your Solo Loop Band. To measure your wrist using the printable tool provided by Apple, you only have to follow these steps: 

  1. First, print the printable tool after you download it. Make sure that the page in the printer options is in a setting wherein it could print at 100 percent and not scaled to fit.
  1. Next, place a credit card in the sizing area on the printed page. It is to ensure that you print the tool at the correct size. 
  1. Then, take a pair of scissors and carefully cut out the wrist sizing tool. 
  1. Next, place the case shape on your wrist, where you will usually have the watch face. 
  1. Then, wrap the printed paper tool tightly around your wrist. You can use some tape to hold the wide part in place. You should make sure that the printed paper feels snug and does not slide around. 
  1. The number the arrows point to is your band size. 

Are the arrows pointing to a line? If it does, you should choose the smaller option of the two numbers closest to it. 

  • Using a Measuring Tape

If you do not have a printer at home, you don't have to worry. You can still get the size by using a household measuring tape. To measure your wrist using a household measuring tape, make sure to follow these simple instructions: 

  1. First, tightly wrap the tape measure around where you usually wear your Apple Watch. You have to make sure that it is not loose but remains comfortable. 
  1. Next, take note of the measurement. 
  1. After you finally have the measurement, round it to half a centimeter above.
  • Using a Ruler, Paper, and Pen

Do you not have a printer at home or a tape measure? There is still a way you can work out your band size. All you need is some paper and scissors, a ruler and a pen or pencil. 

Here's how you can use a ruler, paper, and pen to measure your wrist: 

  1. First, use the scissors to cut out a narrow strip of paper. It should be about one-half inch wide using the length of the paper. 
  1. Next, wrap the strip of paper around your wrist. Make sure it is not too tight. It should feel comfortable but not loose. 
  1. Then, use a pen or pencil to mark the point on the paper where the end of the strip overlaps the other end. If it helps, you can use some tape to hold the paper in place. 
  1. Next, lay the strip of paper on a flat surface. Use the ruler to measure the distance between the end and the part you marked. Note the exact measurement. 
  1. On Apple's order page for an Apple Watch or individual bands, select the Solo Loop option. 
  1. Under the Band Size, select the Start your band measurement option. 
  1. Next, tap or click the Household objects tab in the size guide window that appears. 
  1. Then, click or tap the "Got it. What's next?" option.
  1. Enter the measurement you noted down. You can enter it in inches and fractions of an inch or centimeters. 
  1. Next, click or tap the Get your band size option. 
  1. After that, select the recommended size when your band size options appear. Then, tap or click Continue. 

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