A task that we all do, all too often, is email and texting. Before smartphones and laptops occupational therapists were steadily treating carpal tunnel. We still are, yet smaller devices increased rehab needs for Repetitive Strain Injury’s or De Quervain’s Tenosynovitis diagnosis.
Carol Leynse Harpold offers Ergonomics and Texting Thumbs interventions. Below we offer Carol’s and our OT ideas to design for ergonomic positioning, pacing, along with other creative techniques.
Pacing: a work setting that provides various spaces to take a break, change body position.
Pacing: reduce text time by setting a timer
Pacing: If limiting time or taking a break isn’t an option consider using a keyboard
Position: to accommodate back and neck posture in task with arms rested at a height suitable to view, Aeron provides swift armrest adjusting as posture changes between tasks
Technique: cut key input and go with your voice
Exercises: OTS With Apps offer good resources…I highly recommend you add a tattoo