Avoid the aches and pains of technology

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You can prevent BlackBerry thumb and text neck—new ailments that came with devices such as smartphones and BlackBerries and their small keyboards, advises the American Chiropractic Association.

•  Avoid typing for more than 3 minutes without a break.

•  Keep messages short and simple; abbreviate.

•  Practice using other fingers for typing, especially when thumbs hurt.

•  Don’t slouch when texting.

•  Keep wrists upright, straight and close to the body when holding a device.

•  Don’t bend your neck excessively when texting; tuck your chin in instead and look down.

•  Turn your devices off on the weekends (or at least on Sunday).

•  Get outside, exercise and enjoy nature too. Balance is key to staying healthy.

 

For more tips on proper use of technology and good health, visit www.TechnoHealthy.com.

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