There is no way around our need and desire for our many tech gadgets, but overuse is the cause of chronic pain and inflammation. Here’s what to do if your technology is causing you pain.
Improve Your Ergonomics
There are excellent options in desk and office ergonomics, but many of us use our electronics on the go, so we need some mobile solutions too. If you use a laptop instead of a desktop get a riser to raise the screen height and invest in an ergonomic keyboard and mouse. Even if you only use these some of the time, every little bit adds up. Also, avoid the temptation to always look down when on your phone, notebook, or working on your laptop while seated but not at a desk as this causes lots of neck and back pain, and overtime can cause a Dowager’s hump.
Stretch And Seek Out Medical Treatment
Don’t just pop an anti-inflammatory when your hands, wrists, forearm, neck and back are inflamed. Yes, an anti-inflammatory may help, but you need a more proactive and strategic approach. This should include stretching and exercises to combat your pain, many of which can be found on YouTube. I also utilize a combination of massage and chiropractic care to keep pain at bay.
Last but not least, I give myself a rest by ceasing gaming for at least a few days each week—and using voice recognition software when I’m super sore.