Safe Family: Tech Pain

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Pat Newby has traveled to 87 countries and all seven 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.

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 shoulder 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.

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 .

That's wonderful. You're already protecting your lower body because you want your thighs parallel to the floor.

You want your hips, knees and ankles at a 90-degree angle and you want your feet flat on the floor.

Taking frequent breaks can also help reduce injury.