With the invention of the E-reader, people found they were able to hold an entire library at their fingertips. This is particularly beneficial to those with arthritic conditions, especially in their hands, wrists, elbows, shoulders or neck. This device is simple to use, and was designed with portability in mind. It weighs very little, and has numerous functions available at your disposal. From text-to-speech capabilities, such as for the Kindle, to WiFi browsing and email options, you can use it anywhere, anytime! The E-reader can be a godsend to those suffering from arthritis, as reading can provide a distraction from daily problems with chronic pains, stiffness and aches. Many people have found that it can even ease their pain.
The Downside of Paperback
When you are suffering from arthritis, it can be a downer to have to maintain a grip on the book's spine. It can prove to be a chore to grapple with the pages, and lead to further pains in the hands, fingers and elbows when turning the page. Paperback books can actually increase the arthritic joint symptoms you are suffering from, by putting additional stress on the joints found in your hands and elbows. It can prove to be very frustrating. They are also heavier to carry than the E Readers.
An E Reader is capable of holding an entire library worth of books in one device, while still weighing at 8.5 ounces. In comparison to a paperback or hard cover novel, which generally weigh anywhere from 1 to 5 pounds, this is easy to carry and hold. It is also designed to be pretty thin, and slim, allowing you to easily hold it in your hands without stressing your muscles or tendons. There are well over 725,000 books available to purchase, with an additional 1.8 million you can get for free.
2. Easy to Use
With an E reader, you can easily turn the pages at the press of a button, or by simply swiping your finger across the touchscreen. This allows you to rest your muscles and joints in your hands and fingers, as well as reducing stress on your fingers from gripping the pages to turn. With the lack of a spine, you reduce the strain on your hands from holding the book open in your hands. Most e readers can be propped up against a flat surface, or a stand can be purchased at a relatively low price, to allow you to read it easily without having to put additional strain on your neck.
Many of the available accessories can make using an e reader even easier! For instance, there is a Velcro strap available that wraps around your hand, wrist or leg and attaches to the device. It allows full rotation, as well as the ability to strap it quickly and easily to any flat surface. You can also purchase pivot stands that allow you to rotate the device, though many cases are available that offer the same basic function. Not only do those accessories help, but you can also purchase or find free apps that provide you some reprieve. The text-to-speech function, for instance, will read aloud the story to you, as well as allow you to speak messages into the reader to send to others.
4. Less stress
The e reader is so simple to handle and maneuver. You aren't required to hold it for long periods of time, as you can easily prop it against something. It is particularly suited to those who are bed ridden from arthritis pain, as they can use it to read, watch movies or otherwise enjoy themselves without putting additional stress on their bodies. It requires little to no manual dexterity nor fine motor skills, as you simply press a button to change pages or use your finger to select an application to view.
Overall, the birth of the e reader device has led to a decrease in pain for many readers with arthritis. In particular, it can be most beneficial to those who are bed ridden, or those who have arthritis in their hands, fingers, elbows, shoulders or neck. In the long run, you can lessen your pain, as well as allow your joints to rest and recover during treatment.
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- Assistive Devices - Mobility Aids - Arthritis & Joint Conditions http://arthritis.about.com/od/assistivedevicesgadgets/