The following are a sample of the professionally-designed guidelines
for the use of handheld electronics and portable devices. From MP3 players
to cell phones to portable video games, you can't walk down the street
without seeing someone immersed in the word of handheld electronics. The
repetitive use of these items can result in injuries that can be prevented
by adhering to these tips:
-- If you have pain during the activity, stop. Pain is one of the ways
your body is letting you know that you are overextending a particular
-- Use a neutral grip when holding the device. A neutral grip is when the
wrist is straight, not bent in either direction. It allows for wrist
motion in a plane where more motion is available in the wrist.
-- Take a break every few minutes or switch to another activity. Overuse
of repetitive motions, such as pressing buttons, can cause tendonitis
of the elbow or lead to Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (tendon or nerve
-- If possible, place pillows in your lap and rest arms on pillows or use
the device supported on a desk or tabletop. This allows you to keep
your head in a more upright position and therefore decrease neck
strain. The pillows or desk help support the arms so they do not have
to be held up in the air.
-- Sit in an appropriate chair. This is a chair that allows you to pu
|SOURCE American Society of Hand Therapists|
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