I have read Gokhale's book on posture but just cannot seem to find a way to read a book without producing neck strain. Any recommendations? Do I just need to get used to holding my book with arms for extended periods of time or use tables of an appropriate height or something?
This sounds like a non-technical answer, but I read a lot and I've always been partial to the Laz-e-boy & reading lamp combo. If you put your legs up on the footrests that pop out, you can prop the book on your lap and read for hours comfortably. Reading lamp behind the chair to minimize eye strain.
I haven't tried it for any extended period time myself but the Kindle (and I imagine other e-readers) seem very conducive to good reading ergonomics. It's light, easy to hold, etc. My wife seems very happy when lying down with hers.
I like your question, and wish there had been answers that worked for me. Pre-trifocal, I could easily read horizontally, propped on an elbow.
Now I find that it is really tough to avoid tilting my neck down in hunchback fashion unless I prop the book up on an elevated surface in front of me...good choice for heavy texts, except for the way they start to lose their shape when sitting half-upright for awhile. I have an elevated and deep mantel in my bedroom that makes it easy to stand and read/write sometimes. I have an elevated computer screen, but it isn't high enough all the same. I don't have a chair that works, even if I pile pillows onto my lap and elevate my arms while holding my book. Not way does that work with a heavy book, just works with light ones.
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