Prevent Aches and Pains While You’re Plugged In 🖥🖱⌨📱💻
The next time you’re using a desktop computer, laptop, tablet or smartphone, pay close attention to what you do. Too much typing, tapping and swiping can lead to damaged joints, muscles or tendons. And, bending your head downward to see the screen is a common source of neck and shoulder discomfort. A few simple changes can reduce the ailments that come with a constantly lifestyle.
Straighten Your Slump
To reduce stiff or sore tech neck when sitting down, follow these tips:
1. Situate your computer or tablet on a table or desk where you don’t have to look down
2. Position the screen so you need to bend your head only slightly forward
3. Relax your shoulders and pull your elbows close to your body
4. Make sure your forearms, wrists and hands are parallel to the floor
Relieve the Pain of Repetitive Movement
Try these suggestions to avoid “smartphone thumb” – pain when bending your thumb or wrist and a dull ache at the base of your thumb.
Hold your device in one hand and type with the other index finger
Use the word-prediction feature in apps and web browsers
Use voice-to-text apps
Make a call instead