What is ‘tech pain’, and how can you avoid it?

Taking frequent breaks can also help reduce injury

(CNN) – In our 24/7 world, many of us have become obsessed with our high tech devices, be it a smart phone, e-reader, computer or other gadgets. But when we don’t use them correctly or just plain overdo it, we may get some aches and pains.

Pat Newby has traveled to 87 countries and all 7 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 from the Emory School of Medicine says, “We’re dubbing it ‘smart phone 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.

Dr. Bergquist says, “You want the top of your screen to be roughly at or just below eye level. You want your shoulders relaxed, elbows close to your body. 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 degree angles, and you want your feet flat on the floor.

Taking frequent breaks can also help reduce injury.

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