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HealthWatch: Tech Injuries

E-Book Settlement For Oregon ReadersCNN – Using high tech devices like smart phones, E-readers, computesr or other gadgets can lead to aches and pains.
Pat Newby recently developed nagging neck pain. Her E-reader is being blamed by Dr. Sharon Bergquist, who says “We’re dubbing it smart phone finger, some other problems are mouse tendonitis, or sometimes just a tablet neck.”
Newby had strained her neck and shoulder muscles from hours of looking down at her E-reader in her lap.
The remedy was to get her body into proper alignment, starting with sitting up straight.
Dr. Bergquist says “You want the top of your screen to be roughly at or just below eye level.  You want your shoulders relaxed, elbows close to your body . That’s wonderful. You’re already protecting your lower body cuz you want your thighs parallel to the floor. You want your hips, knees and ankles at 90% angles and you want your feet flat on the floor.”
Taking frequent breaks can also help reduce injury.