Cell Phone Ergonomics

We spend a LOT of time on our little screens these days, and it can really hurt! Overuse of cell phones can lead to sore texting thumbs, angry wrists, and aching necks. These are just some of the complaints I hear! Knowing how to hold and use your phone correctly, with the best ergonomic smartphone tips can make a big difference.

So what does ergonomics mean? Ergonomics is the study of people in their working environment. More specifically, an ergonomist (pronounced like economist) designs or modifies the work to fit the worker, not the other way around. The goal is to eliminate discomfort and risk of injury due to work or physical activity. A physical or occupational therapist is trained in ergonomics, and can help with postural awareness.

Some tips in the correct ergonomic positions while using a cell phone can be as basic as how you hold your phone or how to prevent stress on your spine while looking at your phone or other electronic devices.

Here are some helpful tips:

Even with all these tips, it’s easy to still get sucked in. Think of yourself as floating away from your device, allowing for a healthy distance and a little breathing room. As much as it may feel like it, our cell phones are not a part of bodies!

When resting your hand, let go of “the claw.” Resting and taking breaks are important. However, when you are resting, it is important to give your fingers a chance to relax into their length. Quickly stretching them may feel good, but it does not accomplish this. Try to spend a minute with your hands resting on your lap or a table, focusing on letting your palms widen and your fingers lengthen.

Remember, posture and ergo advice is not one size fits all, and nothing is absolute. These smartphone ergonomics tips are to experiment with so you can find ways of moving that work better for you personally. The best advice is to take breaks from using your phone, establish balance, and look up and engage in your world. That text or Facebook post can wait.

Aligned Medical Group, P.C.

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