iPhone And iPod Ergonomics. Why good posture is becoming obsolete
posted: Mar 19, 2010.
Everyone has an iPhone, ipod, or smart phone these days. Texting, internet searches and long periods of time are spent on these tiny gadgets. Technology is great, but problems with fingers, wrists, forearms, neck and back are becoming common place because of bad ergonomics and posture when using our new technology.
Go to any cafe or restaurant at lunchtime and you will see people on their cell phones reading, looking down for long periods of time and texting without taking a break. This can lead to neck, shoulder, arm and wrist pain not to mention a whole bunch of other ailments.
Having your head down for long periods of time starts to put an added burden to your neck muscles, ligaments, bones and spinal cord! It is a good idea to place your phone at a level where your eyes are even with the screen and you are not looking down.
When tweeting, SMSing or emailing, take a break once in a while and stretch your forearms, fingers and neck. Every 20 minutes is recommended if this is too frequent for you, try once per hour. This is going to help you prevent long term stress leading to problems later on. While taking this break practice looking far and near to exercise your eyes and keep your lenses in shape.
At Precise Moves Chiropractic, in Redwood City, we can help you with any problems you may have with your neck, back, hands, forearms and any joint in your body that comes up with the long work hours and stressful lives we lead. We will provide proper exercises and ergonomic advice to keep your body healthy and functioning properly.
Don't hesitate to call and make an appointment today. 650.353.1133. We'll help show you how to make the most out of new technology while remaining pain free.