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Last Updated: Thursday September 14 2006 10:39 GMT

How to beat typing and texting aches

Bandaged arm

There are concerns about kids damaging their arms and necks because of too much texting or time spent in front of the computer.

Newsround picked up these top tips from doctors.

Here's our guide to keeping the aches and pains away.

  • Every 40 minutes take a five minute break away from the computer

  • Do some exercise - such as running - every day

  • If anything hurts, tell your parents or your doctor

  • Try to keep your back straight in your chair

  • Keep your arms close to the keyboard, with your arms bent

    Try these exercises during your breaks from the computer:

  • Tap the end of your thumb against the end of each finger in turn on both hands twice on each hand

  • Try to stretch your arms and hands out in front of you and hold with your fingers pointing straight forward (like superman) for a count of 15, then relax and drop your arms

  • Wrap an ice pack (or bag of frozen vegetables) in a towel and put it over the tender spot for 10 minutes. Then repeat one to two hours later

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