Proper reading posture

How To Eliminate Neck, Back and Shoulder Pain

When Reading or Typing


Sitting with the right leg height. When you sit in a chair for a long period of time, it is important that blood circulation to your legs continues. To this end, you should sit so that your thighs are parallel to the floor when your lower legs are perpendicular to the floor. In other words, the front of your seat should not cut off the blood supply in your legs. You can always use a little foot platform to lift up your feet and legs, if you need to have your seat higher than otherwise permissible.

Sitting back with proper neck, shoulder and upper back support. It is very important to support your neck and shoulders as you read. Hunching forward is almost guaranteed to cause neck and back pain and reduce your focus, concentration and the amount of time you can read. The proper approach is to sit back with your neck and shoulders supported. This means you are sitting against support just past the vertical position. You will note that your relaxed line of vision rises up when you do this. This is why E-Tool has the book raised up, so as to match your new, relaxed line of vision, now that you are sitting with proper neck and back support. Your seat and the back of your chair should be cushioned.


Head Tilt. Do not bend your head down to read. You should not lower your head to read. This causes a lot of neck stress. Set the height of E-Tool properly for your seat, which you may be able to raise or lower.

Elbows. Do not raise your elbows awkwardly to type. Doing so will cause a lot of stress on your shoulders. Ideally, you should rest your elbows on side rests or side arms, adjusted so that the weight of the arms is off the shoulders.

Wrist position. Ideally, when you type, your forearms and the back of your hands should be all on one flat line. Your laptop can be in your lap, or you can use an extended keyboard if necessary, placed in a comfortable position, like on a lower keyboard tray or on a pillow in your lap. With an extended keyboard, your laptop can be on a table and at some distance from the extended keyboard. If you need to raise your hands and forearms substantially, tilt the back of the keyboard up to compensate, so that the flat line discussed above is maintained.

Forearms. Do not type with your forearms below your armrests. This is also very awkward. If you are sitting in an armchair, place your extended keyboard or laptop on a small pillow or attaché on your lap. This will allow you to use the armrests and type with level forearms. Your mouse can rest on a small side table. You can quickly place the keyboard or laptop on this side table or main table if you need to get up.

Lumbar support. Make sure your lumbar area is supported by a small pillow or bend in the back of your chair. Otherwise, you are going to have pain.

In-Line reading and typing. As you work you should not have to turn your head from left to right. The centers of your keyboard, screen and workspace (for books or papers) should all line up on the same centerline. Turning your head repeatedly is a sure way to hurt yourself and loose concentration and accuracy, especially when editing, transcribing or entering data, or taking notes from reading. E-Tool makes possible in-line work. Make sure you line up your work elements properly. See many more pictures at E-Tool.

By far the easiest and quickest way for anybody to improve his or her reading concentration is to remove physical discomfort when reading. Also, typing notes as you read greatly increases concentration and comprehension.

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Pick the approach below (1-5) that best helps you immediately improve your reading. Then take our free reading course. Also, get 1-on-1 instruction, as needed. Learn More about using technology for immediate reading improvement.

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    Our next approach is reading by Punctuation Interval.

As before,

all paragraphs are indented,

there is a blank line between paragraphs and after sentences,

and there is also a hard return after each comma,

but individual phrases are not placed on separate lines.

    We teach people how to read instantly by progressive cognitive intervals from short to long,

as appropriate for each person,

and with or without computer voice.

    Reading by Punctuation Intervals is ideal for slow readers in middle school and high school,

intermediate remedial reading,

intermediate ESL students,

as well as intermediate Dyslexics,

all advanced elementary students,

and all advanced students of any age reading textbooks or other serious writing.

    Next are six examples of reading by Sentence.

All parts of the sentence are read as one unit, without a hard return after each comma.

Reading by Punctuation Interval or by Sentence, students are able to pause for as long as they want to think about what they have just read.

They can also repeat the sound of each Sentence, or Punctuation Interval as often as desired, before advancing.

    Reading this way with interactive, computer voice is ideal for all Average Readers in middle school, high school, and college, all advanced ESL students, advanced ADHD students, and all advanced Dyslexics.

Students quickly improve their reading speed and comprehension, as they do their assigned reading with these techniques, called Proportional Reading.

Average and Good Students can quickly learn how to read well at 300-500 words per minute, and above.

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We can help you improve your own reading or that of your child, or relative. With a little help, most people can easily read textbooks, novels and Internet articles quickly and well, with excellent speed, concentration, comprehension, recall and enjoyment, at up to 500 words per minute and above. Read on to learn how to do this quickly and affordably with any book.

Work independently on our program on your own, or have us work one-on-one with you, over the phone or Skype, anywhere in the world, as both of us look at the same text on the Internet. If you choose to work with us, we will tailor our instruction to your exact needs. We will start at just where you are at and move forward. This is the fastest way to improve. We will help you correct the 18 bad reading habits. In order to empower you and teach you transferrable skills for reading any book on your own, we will show you a new way to read any book or Internet article quickly and enjoyably, and with excellent comprehension. You can also combine these two approaches, getting help only as needed.

What you will experience in our approach to reading is a new way to read. You read each sentence just ahead of the spoken sound, pausing at the commas and periods for the sound to catch up. Thus, the sound acts to immediately correct any reading errors, and completely removes any reading anxiety. You adjust the speed at which the voice speaks, from normal speaking rate to over 500 words per minute. At the end of each sentence, the sound pauses automatically for as long as you wish, for you to think about what you have just read, and for as long as you want. Then when you are ready, you press a single key to proceed. You can repeat any sentence as many times as you want before proceeding. You are in complete control. You proceed with full comprehension and focus at the speed your mind processes thought. We also teach you how to improve your reading with other techniques. With a little practice, you will quickly increase your speed up to 500 words per minute and above. You will start to love reading. You learn transferrable skills for reading any book, as you do your assigned reading. Do our Free Demo and go to our Free Training Manual for self-instruction. This approach is ideal for middle school, high school, college, and adult reading for all ages and skill levels.

A special use of this approach is designed to help elementary students and ESL students with decoding, automaticity and fluency. They try to read any section of text out loud, before they interactively press the screen, or a keystroke, to hear it read out loud. They can repeat the sound of this section as many times as they want. The student never leaves a section of text without reading it correctly and smoothly. Help is always available. Reading anxiety disappears. Instead of guessing and rushing ahead, students immediately start to focus on reading correctly.

We teach you how to master a new type of reading. We train you in a new way to use the software that you already have on your iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, Mac laptop, or Mac desktop computer,  or on your PC (including software that you can download for free). The first part of the training teaches setup and operation of the controls for this new type of reading. The second part of the training teaches you how to improve your reading using these controls and this new approach. You can do the two parts of instruction in whichever order you prefer. You will learn how to use this approach to read almost any article on the Internet or any textbook or novel, at the speed you think, up to and above 500 words per minute. Besides completing assigned reading, you will overcome the 18 Bad Reading Habits and develop transferrable skills for reading regular books. You will begin to love reading.

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