5 Tips to Keep Devices From Being a Pain in the Neck at Work
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- Avoid “turtle hunch”: And the “cocoon”, the “lean,” the “swipe” and any other technology-driven postures our bodies have created to adapt to our devices. Restrictive motions (like swiping mindlessly through Facebook photos on your phone) or sitting in a way that reduces circulation (like curling up with your iPad), can create unnecessary pains and strains. Ergonomically designed products such as specialty desk chairs and iPhone stands can help reduce the risk of health problems from the strains often caused by using devices.
- Text with your finger pads, not fingertips: Nancy Yob, employee health and safety coordinator at BCBSM, recommends using the pad of your fingertip for texting, not the tip of your fingernails. This way, your thumb is not bent in an awkward position that can lead to discomfort. Some simple hand and forearm stretches could help prevent pain from popping up.
- Brighter is not better: Have you ever checked your phone in the middle of the night, only to be greeted with the pain of glaring into a blinding blue light? Screen brightness is one of the biggest contributors to eye strain and fatigue and can also lead to headaches. When it comes to using screen devices like computers, tablets and cell phones, remember to match the brightness of the device to that of the room you are in.
- Get moving: Mobile technology means many people are able to accomplish work from outside their traditional environments. If your job allows, consider taking your laptop to work in a common lounge area for an hour. Walk to the corner coffee shop to catch up on emails on your tablet. Take a conference call while walking laps around the courtyard. All three of these options require you to get up and get moving, and thanks to the portability of today’s technology, you can.
- Use technology to perk your posture: Wearable technology devices can be used to your advantage and help improve your posture. A device called the Lumo is worn around the waist and uses vibrations to gently remind you to sit straight. Other wearable activity trackers like the Jawbone and Nike+ Fuelband will notify you if you’ve been sitting at your desk for too long.