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.
Bell Alarm Clock design by IDEA found at shophorne.com
Pacing: reduce text time by setting a timer
“The One” Keyboard designed by Matias and reviewed at ThinkGeek
Pacing: If limiting time or taking a break isn’t an option consider using a keyboard
Aeron Chair design by Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick for Herman Miller
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
Hand Tattoos for Talking Hands designed by Hector Serrano sold at A + R store
Exercises: OTS With Apps offer good resources…I highly recommend you add a tattoo