On average, mobile-device users are spending close to three hours each day on their devices. This frequent use of smartphones and tablets is putting users at risk for musculoskeletal conditions and injuries, some of which can cause permanent damage if appropriate body alignment isn’t observed. Those who don’t heed the warning and continue practicing not-so-smart body mechanics are susceptible to head, neck and arm pain; numbness; “texting thumbs;” “text neck” and more.
As healthcare workers, you’re likely no stranger to ergonomics. But the evolution of technology calls for an updated lesson in proper body mechanics. For information you can share with your staff and patients on smart ergonomics for smart-device use, read on.
Ergonomics for texters and tablet users
The constant overuse of fingers and thumbs, plus the chronic poor posture associated with steady mobile-device use can bring on some serious aches and pains. Here are some tips to avoid the text and tablet blues:
The use of smart technology, such as smartphones and tablets, is not going away. So let’s get smart about how we use these devices. Share these tips with your staff and patients alike—they (and their bodies) will thank you!
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