Prevent Neck Strain

Using a tablet computer shouldn’t be a pain in the neck. For all too many people, though, it is just that, along with a pain in the shoulders and back. Researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health used a sophisticated infrared 3-D motion analysis system to track how different tablet positions affect the body. They found that working with a tablet held on the lap or placed flat on a table makes the neck bend much more than does working with a desktop or notebook computer. Neck-wise, the best tablet orientation was having it propped up on a table. Here are three other tips for easing neck strain while working with a tablet computer.

• Use a case that holds it at a comfortable viewing angle.

• Shift your hands, your weight, or even stand up when you can.

• Take a break every 15 minutes.

Source: Harvard Health

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