Often we can see things are not quite right when we use technology.
Here are some suggestions that might prevent strains, pains and injury.
Poor Posture hurts you. When you look down there are extra stresses your neck when you look down on your device. It can cause a wide range of potential pain including issues with your arms, neck, shoulder and back – even headaches.
Eye Strain – symptoms can include blurred vision, headaches and visual discomfort when using for extended periods. Ideally raise the device to your head remains in a neutral positions, at the ideal distance.
Hand Fatigue – often devices need to be held with one hand. The other hand often uses fine motor movement which can fatigue the small muscle groups that are at risk of developing Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI). Even a light device held in a fixed period without support may cause discomfort. Also if or when using a stylus it is ideal to have a larger grip, avoiding tight pinched grips.
Tech Neck - Position of the Device higher than the lap – tilt the screen toward your eyes or adjust the size of text– have device at a good distance to prevent forward bending – consider an armrest if the device must be held to prevent fatigue. Avoid twisted or asymmetrical postures.
Different method of input - If you need to input data to device consider a separate external keyboard to allow for more efficient and more ergonomic input devices or use shortcuts to reduce keystrokes required. Consider using speech recognition applications. It can greatly reduce or remove the need to using a keyboard.
Rest breaks - Take short breaks every 30 minutes and use stretching techniques to reduce soreness of muscles that are being overworked.
Consider doing things differently. Remember it is important to rest and recover.
Have good form when you are working.