Canadian Physiotherapy Association urges Canadians to take care using touch screens and other new high tech "toys"

    TORONTO, Feb. 20 /CNW/ - The plethora of new high tech and wireless
devices on the market, particularly touch screens, has prompted the Canadian
Physiotherapy Association (CPA) to remind Canadians that improper use can
result in painful and possibly disabling ailments.
    These ailments were originally connected to overuse of computer keyboards
and mice, and much has been done to educate the public about ergonomics and
the correct way to use a keyboard and mouse. CPA stresses that the same basic
rules of ergonomics and good posture also apply to touch screens and other new
high tech devices so prevalent in today's marketplace.
    Whether it's a touch screen personal computer, a mini notebook computer,
or a "smart" phone, it's of paramount importance to minimize strain on the
body. Often these devices are used for long periods of time in awkward
positions which can lead to stiffness, muscle and joint pain and other
musculoskeletal problems that can take months to recover from.

    Here are some tips for preventing injury while using the new technology.

    -  Maintain correct posture. If you are using a personal computer with a
       touch screen find a comfortable position that doesn't put strain on
       your arms, shoulders, and hands. If using a hand held device don't
       slump over it.
    -  Change your position frequently and take frequent breaks. Get up and
       move around.
    -  Type and tap slowly and softly. Don't hit your touch screen

    If you do find yourself in discomfort or pain decrease the amount of time
you are using your touch screen or other high tech device, or stop altogether.
Consult a physiotherapist, an expert in evaluating and restoring physical
function. Physiotherapists can help relieve the symptoms brought on by
improper usage and advise you on how to modify your use of high tech devices
to prevent further damage.
    See also the Canadian Physiotherapy Association information sheet on
repetitive strain injury, available at

For further information:

For further information: and spokesperson interview: Virginia Bawlf,
National Media Relations Officer, (416) 932-1888 (x222), (647) 379-4145

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