Computer Tablets for Xmas? -beware of headaches
Computer Tablets for Xmas? but beware of headaches : Dec 7th 2011 With christmas around the corner and the latest IT trend being the uptake of computer tablets, it is inevitable that we will see more headaches relating to neck strain as well as eyestrain. Sustained static postures, especially when seated in poor positions will lead to neck strain. It is common to see users operating tablets on the couch or on their laps, neck bent and head down to focus on the screen. In spite of a possible” double dip recession”, EU meltdown-: sales of the computer-‘tablets’ and ‘smart pads’ is expected to surge this Christmas in Australia and the US. Competetion between IPad and the Android powered tablet computers has forced the costs of these devices down for this Christmas. Hence they are an affordable and useful Christmas present; being used for many purposes including : games & applications, reading papers and magazines, diaries, mini laptops- not just for IT geeks anymore. According to Dr Dixon, the problem lies with the positions in which they are used and the amount of time spent on them. Neck strain and Eyestrain are amongst the common effects of using these devices for too long or with poor postures.
Analysts believe that the iPad will win the largest share of purchases, which market research firm Gartner thinks will reach 64 million worldwide by end of 2011. The company also says that Apple will grab about 73 percent of the market.
DR JEROME DIXON
BAppSc(Chiropractic) BSc(Biochem) MCAA
Jerome Dixon has been practicing Chiropractic since graduation in 1994, has completed a science degree majoring in Biochemistry, undergraduate studies in Dietetics at Deakin University; and post graduate studies in headache and migraine management.
Sources: www.headache.com.au editorial