Navigation Links
Experts Offer Tips on Avoiding iPad-Linked Shoulder, Neck Strain

FRIDAY, Jan. 27 (HealthDay News) -- If working with your iPad or other tablet computer gives you shoulder or neck pain, there are ways around it, a new study suggests.

Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health, Microsoft Corp. and Brigham and Women's Hospital say this type of pain can be avoided if people do not use the tablet while it's resting in their laps, and by using cases that offer higher viewing angles.

The findings appear in the journal Work: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment, and Rehabilitation.

"Compared to typical desktop computing scenarios, the use of media tablet computers is associated with high head and neck flexion [flexed] postures, and there may be more of a concern for the development of neck and shoulder discomfort," lead investigator Jack Dennerlein, of the Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, and Brigham and Women's Hospital, said in a journal news release.

For the study, his team asked 15 experienced tablet users to complete certain tasks, such as surfing the Internet, reading, playing games, watching movies and emailing, with two types of tablet devices -- an Apple iPad2 and a Motorola Xoom.

All the tablets had a proprietary case that allowed it to be tilted up for use at a low or high angle. (The Apple Smart Cover offers tilt angles of 15° and 73°, and the Motorola Portfolio Case enables tilt angles of 45° and 63°.)

The participants positioned their tablets in various ways, such as in their lap and on a table at various angles, to test how the configurations affected their neck and shoulders.

The researchers found that the iPad2 case design forced participants' head and neck into more flexed postures. For both tablet devices, head and neck flexion angles were greater than those associated with desktop or notebook computers.

When used on a table at their highest angle, however, users' postures become more neutral. The study's authors concluded when using tablets, people should place the devices on a table at a steep angle -- not in their lap -- to avoid looking down.

However, there was a caveat: The researchers noted that this position may not be ideal if users perform a task that requires input with their hands. They believe more studies are needed to determine how tablet positioning could affect arms and wrists.

"Our results will be useful for updating ergonomic computing standards and guidelines for tablet computers. These are urgently needed as companies and health care providers weigh options to implement wide-scale adoption of tablet computers for business operations," concluded Dennerlein.

Two of the study's authors are employees of Microsoft, a partial funding source for the study. These researchers did not contribute to the analysis and interpretation of the results.

More information

The U.S. National Institutes of Health provides more information on shoulder pain.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: IOS Press, news release, Jan. 25, 2012

Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. JTCC brings leading experts to present 2011 San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium research
2. Neurologists Should Screen Patients for Abuse: Experts
3. Ob-Gyns Should Screen for Domestic Abuse: Experts
4. Experts Weigh Changes to Definition of Autism
5. Counterfeit and substandard anti-malaria drugs threaten crisis in Africa, experts warn
6. Experts Urge Public Action to Aid Cancer Prevention
7. Heart Experts Make Boosting Bystander CPR a Priority
8. Experts offer pointers for optimizing radiation dose in pediatric CT
9. Resolve to Take Colon Cancer Test, Experts Say
10. Experts Endorse Lower Lead-Poisoning Threshold
11. Experts suggest all hospitalized patients have blood glucose levels tested
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Experts Offer Tips on Avoiding iPad-Linked Shoulder, Neck Strain
(Date:11/27/2015)... Rosa, CA (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Northern California Medical Associates, Inc. and Dr. Tucker Bierbaum with Emergency Medicine at ... meeting. They observed that both STEMI and Sepsis conditions present in similar ways and ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 26, 2015 , ... Inevitably when ... Many customers choose to buy during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday ... don’t need to search the Internet high and low to find the best massage ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... Jobs in hospital medical laboratories ... and offered by healthcare staffing agency Aureus Medical Group . These ... October 2015 among those searching for healthcare jobs through the company’s website, ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... ... consultation, has collaborated with Women’s Web – an online resource for Indian ... on mental and emotional well-being relationship, life balance, stress, professional development, and ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ... 25, 2015 , ... The holiday season is jam-packed with ... palates of attendees is of the utmost importance. Whether you are cooking at ... these recipes a try this holiday season. , Turkey Croquettes , ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/25/2015)... 2015  Amgen (NASDAQ: AMGN ) today announced ... the United States (U.S.) Food ... candidate to Humira ® (adalimumab). Amgen believes this ... the FDA and represents Amgen,s first BLA submission using ... , M.D., executive vice president of Research and Development ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... , Nov. 25, 2015  Linden Care, LLC, a ... treatment outcomes for patients suffering from chronic pain, said ... a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) enjoining Express Scripts from ... companies. --> --> ... of its legal options. --> ...
(Date:11/25/2015)... ATLANTA , Nov. 25, 2015 ... the first federal bellwether trial against Wright Medical ... relating to their Conserve metal-on-metal hip implant device, ... Christiansen.  Following a two week trial and three ... Conserve metal-on-metal hip device was defectively designed and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: