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HEALTH: Pain from using High Tech tools
A lot of us use our smartphones or other high tech tools pretty much around the clock....
And that could be causing some extra aches and pains.
Holly Firfer explains how to use your devices correctly.
Pat Newby has traveled to 87 countries and all seven continents, but a recent trip left her with nagging neck pain.
"I thought the worst because the pain was that severe."
The culprit? Her e-reader.
Dr. Sharon Bergquist: "We're dubbing it smartphone finger, some other problems are mouse tendonitis, or sometimes just a tablet neck."
And that's what Newby had. She strained her neck and shoulders muscles from hours of looking down at an e-reader in her lap.
The remedy - getting her body back into proper alignment - starting with sitting up straight.
"You want the top of your screen to be roughly at or just below eye level. You want your shoulders relaxed.." (Pat laughs) "Elbows close to your body. That's wonderful. You're already protecting your lower body 'cause you want your thighs parallel to the floor. You want your hips, knees and ankles at 90% angles and you want your feet flat on the floor."
Taking frequent breaks can also help reduce injury.
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