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email and texting

email and texting

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.


Eclectic Home Office design by San Francisco Architect Nick Noyes Architecture  

Pacing: a work setting that provides various spaces to take a break, change body position.

clock timer

Bell Alarm Clock design by IDEA found at

Pacing: reduce text time by setting a timer

iphone the one keyboard

“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 ergonomics

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

dragon dictation

Dragon Dictation itunes app or Dragon for Android

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



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