September 20, 2011 — A recent New York Times article reveals that as people use more electronic devices, they may be increasing their potential risk of injury.
The article states that as people position themselves improperly, they are at greater risk of eye strain, tendinitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and other ailments.
“You can see people using their laptops in awkward and contorted positions, says Professor Allen Hedge of Cornell University. “Too much of this activity is bound to take a physical toll.”
According to the article, texting also plays a contributing role in developing “techno” ailments such as De Quervain’s tenosynovitis, a condition where the tendons become so inflamed that it’s painful to move your thumbs.
This October, as the American Chiropractic Association (ACA) and the profession prepare to educate the public on staying “TechnoHealthy” during this year’s observance of National Chiropractic Health Month, members are encouraged to hand out Healthy Living Fact Sheets to patients that demonstrate how to stay healthy while in the office or using the gadgets they love.
Source: American Chiropractic Association, www.acatoday.org