From ‘tech neck’ to ‘texter’s thumb,’ to carpal tunnel and eye strain, injuries incurred while on our devices are on the rise. With the pervasiveness of devices dominating our daily lives and careers, today’s work-related injuries often look a lot different than they did in the past. However, tech-related injuries are no less serious than any other type of repetitive stress injury. The good news is that there are a host of products to protect your vulnerable joints and digits as you spend your day interfacing across multiple devices. From wrist braces to finger covers, there is no shortage of healthcare supplies designed to help us stay in the game.
The best method of avoiding a tech injury is, of course, prevention. While that can be difficult in the digital age, keep in mind that easy exercises such as standing, stretching, and taking regular breaks are powerful protectors against strain. Another quick fix is to adjust the brightness of your screens to a level that’s easy on the eyes. If your body is still feeling taxed despite your best efforts, it’s a good idea to seek professional advice with your healthcare provider.
In addition to tech injuries, you should also be mindful of any injuries that are exposed to tech. Minor injuries as simple as paper cuts or splinters should be treated immediately and protected from contact with keyboards and smart screens, which have the unfortunate reputation of being among the least sanitary daily items that we come into contact with. A fast bit of first aid on any open wound likely to touch a keyboard or touch screen will save you from exposure to a world of nasty bacteria. It is also advisable to sanitize all devices that you come into contact with