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Could Your iPad Cause You To Have Neck Pain?

  • May 31, 2016
  • by Atlanta Pain Management Center
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Tablet computers such as the iPad are the newest rave in technology. The small and thin devices are popular because of their portable and lightweight design. However, research done by the Harvard School of Public Health found that iPad users are prone to chronic shoulder and neck pain. Their studies found that this is because of poor posture as well as the design of the tablet.

Quite honestly, iPads are not all to blame for the newest cause of neck pain. Any sort of tablet can actually be the culprit of poor posture. As well, most tablets are not very ergonomic and their poor design makes it difficult to keep good posture while working on the device. In fact, people are generally stooped over staring down at their tablets. This posture in itself heavily relies on the neck muscles for weight support.

Additionally, iPads and other similar devices are not particularly designed for comfort. In fact, extensive use will oftentimes make your neck feel tight and cramped. Moreover, research shows that necks and head are in a more flexed position when using a tablet as opposed to using a PC or notebook. And with the head slumped forward over extended periods of time, the neck flexes with can result in neck pain.

To avoid built up strain on the neck, it is best to vary your posture every 15 minutes. In addition, for more preventative measures it is good to use a case that can also be used as a tablet stand. Having a case will decrease the need to grasp the device. As well, cases allow the device to be propped up at an angle so that your head is in a neutral position. In fact, using a case will drastically minimize neck strain.

Other preventative measures to avoid neck pain include:

Hold Your Phone Higher – Holding your phone at an angle will reduce the strain you put on your neck.

Back Support – Make sure you have good back support when using your device in your lap. Try using pillows to support your back.

Invest in a Quality Tablet Stand – Invest in a case that allows you to place your device on a flat surface. The best type is one with adjustable angles.

Take Breaks – Take a small break every 10 to 15 minutes. Also, avoid lengthy activities like playing a game or watching a movie. Keeping an uncomfortable position for long periods of time add to upper back pain and neck pain.

Uncommon Neck Pain

If you have neck pain that lasts longer than usual or if your pain is chronic, there may be underlying health issues besides neck and back strain from using an iPad. In fact, chronic pain is oftentimes a symptom that something is truly wrong. In truth, recurring or chronic pain should never be ignored. If you or a loved one has chronic neck pain, explore the medical options provided by the doctors at Alliance Spine and Pain Centers. In fact, the Alliance Spine and Pain Centers are a pain management practice with 15 locations for your convenience. Moreover, you can contact the qualified staff at any time with questions or concerns.

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