How to Avoid Injuries with Smartphone Ergonomics
Most people have smartphones today with billions of users worldwide. They’re great tools for staying connected everywhere you go, however, they can cause some muscle strains and problems for the neck and back plus harm your wrist posture. You might not even think about how your smartphone usage can injure you, but your chiropractor and physiotherapist do!
Here’s the smart way to avoid injuries with your smartphone.
– Keep your head up
Most people hold the smartphone down at the waist. This creates an unnatural curve in the spine and causes neck flexion. Aim to hold that phone near your chest instead.
– Never cradle the phone
Holding the phone between your ear and your shoulder is a bad idea. It can lead to upper back and neck strains that will make you feel sore later.
– Invest in hands-free options
If you spend a lot of time talking on your phone, holding it up to your ear can also cause ergonomic problems. Don’t be the person that constantly talks on speaker mode when you have personal things to discuss. Instead, get a Bluetooth headset for a more comfortable and private way to take those phone calls.
– Switch up your handle
When you hold your smartphone the same way every time, you also cause troubles for your hands. Alternate when tapping into your phone with using thumbs and fingers to spread out the effects. You’ll also want to keep your wrists straight as you do.
– Use a protective case with grip
Protective cases don’t just protect your pricey smartphone. They also lend more grip on an otherwise slippery surface. Choose one that makes it easier to hold onto your phone.
– Let predictive text help you out
Reduce the frequency with which you type or tap by letting those predictive text tools help you out. This will keep you from making too many repetitive motions.
– Bigger isn’t better
The larger the smartphone, the more awkwardly you’ll have to hold it to use it. Keep this in mind when choosing your latest upgrade.
Naturally, be mindful of your surroundings too as you use your smartphone in the world. If you’re sitting at your desk, take note of your posture and correct it. Think about how your phone use can affect your neck, back, and posture overall.
Need help with pain in your neck and back? A massage, physiotherapy, or chiropractic care can help you adjust to feeling better while you work on smartphone ergonomics. Contact In Your Home Therapy today to have one of our professionals come to you to keep your neck and back in line!