iPad pain

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When your iPad or other tablet causes pain in the neck and shoulders —

•  Use a case that positions the device at a comfortable viewing angle.

•  Routinely shift hands and weight. Stand up if seated, or sit down if standing.


When using a laptop or desktop computer, follow the same tips for a tablet plus:

•  Use an external keyboard.

•  Keep shoulders relaxed and elbows close to the body.

•  Keep hands, wrists, forearms, and thighs parallel to the floor.

•  Take a break and change position every 15 minutes.


Holding a tablet computer too low, say on the lap, forces the neck to bend forward too much, straining and possibly even injuring muscles, nerves, tendons, ligaments, or spinal discs. Simply placing a tablet on a table propped at an angle in a tablet case can reduce neck strain and potential pain, according to research conducted at the Harvard School of Public Health.

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