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Sunday, August 21, 2011

Techno-Safety Tips from the American Chiropractic Association: Neck Protection

As we mentioned in a previous blog, the use of mobile phones and other PDA technology has the potential to substantially impact our health.  For, example, the bent-forward position common among mobile device users increases disc pressure. It also increases loads on the muscles. This is similar to the faulty forward position often used when working on the computer. To prevent overuse injuries to your neck, remember these tips from the American Chiropractic Association:
  • Sit upright, keeping your ears over your shoulders.
  • Look down with your eyes and gently tuck your chin in, not forward.
  • Never pinch the phone between your ear and shoulder. Using a headset reduces muscle fatigue and frees your hands for typing or writing.
  • Support your forearms on a pillow during extended texting to reduce the strain on your neck and shoulder muscles.

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