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4 tips for preventing neck strain when using a tablet computer
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Heidi Godman, Executive Editor, Harvard Health Letter
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I have definitely noticed I have had more neck pain when using my iPad than my desktop computer, though due to poor posture I still get back pain here. It seems to be the curse of the modern age. Thanks for the tips.
Great post. Thanks very much for giving this info..
Great post !
I have some neck problem with my computer, may be i need a break sometime
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This is very informative Heidi. I am promoting Kindle Fire products in my website/blogs and I am looking some downsides that I can tell to my readers/visitors. Luckily, I stumbled upon your article. I will relay these to my blog posts to help my visitors decide whether tablets will be good for their everything life.
Regards from Belgium!
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Yes, there are a number of ways you can strain your neck. Sometimes from long term effects of poor posture while working or sleeping. The reference has illustrations of different neck muscles and probl
I wrote my most recently published ebook on a Xoom tablet in a hotel room in Cheget Russia while attempting to climb Elbrus (one of the seven summits, highest point of Europe) and I think two of the most important lessons I learned by trial and error are:
Take frequent breaks – tablets wake from “sleeping” very quickly
Change positions often – I sat cross-legged on the bed, laid on the bed, sat on the edge of the bed with my feet on the floor, and all worked well enough.
You mentioned these, and I have to concur – great suggestions we’d all do well to heed.
The tips are really very useful and this helps to remove the stress of the neck and other parts of body, as i also use computers on every day so i am suffering from same issue, it will also be helpful for me.
Totally agree. Sitting in front of a computer for long periods of time will strain not only the neck but other parts of the body as well in the long run. The advent of mobile devices nowadays has shared with the burden of giving people more injuries than necessary. That’s why tips on this blog post is helpful to prevent injuries from happening. Thanks for sharing this post.
Because I own a paint contracting company and rely heavily on online marketing, I spend a lot of time on tablets and slate pcs. I noticed that I used to get neck pain until I started using stands. You have to be careful with your back and neck because it doesn’t take much to throw them off.
great post!i have already purchased a small bed table to work on laptop to prevent neck pain.
Very exclusive post. i am happy to know about the site. because it is helpful for me. thanks.
what an interesting article Heidi. After reading your post it makes perfect sense to have the tablet propped up on a table. As a musician and piano teacher I am very aware of anything that will produce tension or strain on the body.
Isn’t so true that we often forget that it is necessary to take frequent breaks to reduce strain. Thank you for the reminder. Music Theory Online is my business, and because we are working with children and young adults it is extremely important that they develop excellent strategies for working on their laptops. As younger and younger children are working on tablets, netbooks, and computers it becomes increasingly important that they are doing it correctly.
Once again Heidi thank you for this great post. I found it extremely interesting. I hope you don’t mind if I send some traffic your way and share it with some of my colleagues and friends. Thanks againg – I found it very inspirational.
Finally, I got the reason why my neck is paining? I was wondering before reach on this post but now got the reason and the solution too. thanks for sharing all these information. that helps me a lot. and I’m sure everyone will appreciate you for this.
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