Blog of the Week: Posture Check-List for Using Your Devices

Originally posted by Lindsay Newitter on May 13, 2013 at

Alexander Technique teacher Lindsay Newitter TextingNew and varied technology is being developed so quickly, that these rectangle screens on which we view content, make content, send emails and messages, and place phone calls are generally being referred to as “devices”.  A nice blanket word for a smartphone, tablet, laptop, or tablet that morphs into a laptop, and vice-verse.

If we thought that we were developing back, neck and shoulder pain sitting at a desk in front of a computer, we now don’t even get a rest from our technology-induced postures when we are on the go.  The good news is that using a device does not have to be synonymous with strain.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when using your devices:

  1. Move down, don’t drop down – Typing on a smartphone or tablet usually involves holding it far than your eyes and looking down at it.  What causes strain is when you collapse down toward the thing that you are looking at.  Resist the urge to push your chin forward and sink down into your chest.  Instead of collapsing down, move down.  Start by looking at your device by first only moving your eyes, then let your head tilt by moving your brow first, not your chin.

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