Texting (and using a tablet) can place up to 60 lbs of stress on your neck

Excessive use of a smartphone (and similarly a tablet, magazine, and book) could produce considerable stress on the cervical spine and therefore cause neck pain. Findings from multiple studies have concluded that “heavy smartphone users are commonly found to have forward head syndrome, and slouched posture.” The distribution of musculoskeletal symptoms included headaches, neck pain,
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Tablet Use and Neck Muscles

Recent research at Washington State University identified a greater incidence of neck muscle strain while using a tablet compared to sitting with the head in a neutral position. Participants were tested in multiple positions while reading and typing for 2 to 5 minutes. They study was designed to help evaluate head and neck “biomechanics during
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Walking Three Days a Week – Super Gains in Health and Happiness

Recently, researchers at the University of Birmingham and other universities recruited sedentary office workers advising them that they would be participating in a study by walking 30 minutes during their usual lunch hour, three times a week. The study, published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine and Science in Sports, contained 56 participants (mostly middle-aged
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6 Months of Endurance Training can Reverse 30 Years of Aging

My Dad owned a 1966 Dodge Charger with a 426 Hemi.  As a child, I remember fondly being “pinned” to the back seat during hard acceleration.  And for safety, my Dad always had us wear our seatbelts. That same year of the Dodge Charger (1966), researchers from the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas,
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Healthy Ergonomics for Touch-screen Tablets and Smartphones

Healthy Ergonomics for Touch-screen Tablets and Smartphones In a study by Harvard School of Public Health, experienced tablet users completed a series of tasks using two types of touch-screen tablets.  Each had a case that with adjustments that allowed for the units to adjust for tilt and be propped up.  The findings reveal some simple,
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Global Ergonomics Month: Are you ERGOhealthy?

With the recent celebration of Global Ergonomics Month, here are some reminder tips for things you can do to remain ERGOhealthy: Integrate walking as part of your fitness plan. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 2.5 hours (150 minutes) of activity each week. For most adults, this amount of physical activity can
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Walking: the Workout of a Lifetime

There are lot of ways people exercise today – whether it’s swimming, hiking, biking, martial arts, running, gardening, aerobics & other classes, yoga, weightlifting, and numerous sporting activities.  Given the number of options, however, experts say that “walking is a superfood” of fitness.  According to Katy Bowman, author and scientist, walking is the “defining movement
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Tips for Musicians, Golfers, Quilters, and…

This month’s tip comes from Kate Montgomery, an ERGOhealthy Coach and author.  She shares with us her insights for various professions, hobbies, and sports: No matter what your occupation, sport or hobby, the 12-step Montgomery Method™ can help you to maintain stronger grip strength, and reduce or eliminate the pain in your arms, wrists and
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Interruptions do Impact Quality of Work

Interruptions are universally common at home and in the office; however, little is known about the influence disruptions have on quality of work.   According to a study published by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, office employees are interrupted an average of six times every hour! The research study, “Do Interruptions Affect Quality of
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Cut down on watching television to extend life!

Adults in the United States spend more than half of their waking hours in sedentary pursuits such as television viewing, computer use, or driving. According to new research published this month in the Journal of the American Heart Association, adults who watch three or more hours of television per day have double the risk of
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