For those living with osteoarthritis, repetitive motion may exacerbate joint pain.1 Yet it’s hard to imagine life without texting friends, connecting with family on Facebook, and surfing the internet for cute cat videos—all of which require precise, repeated movements of your hands and joints in ways that can be terribly painful for osteoarthritis patients.
Luckily, some tech companies have made it easy to enable accessibility features to give your scrolling thumb a break. Well-known aids like Apple’s voice assistant, Siri, can help you use your phone via voice commands instead of your hands. But there are lesser-known tools built into your iPhone and iPad that provide osteoarthritis relief such as using head gestures to navigate.
If you’re not familiar with these options, you’re not alone: many people have no idea their smartphone is really that smart. Let’s introduce you to head-gesture navigation with this step-by-step guide.