Laptop Tips For Back And Neck Health Laptop Tips For Back And Neck Health

Our society has definitely become electronically based.  We walk around ever connected to the world with a cell phone in our pocket and a computer over our shoulder.  Our coffee shops and fast food restaurants now offer Wi-Fi as a reason to linger, and the personal computer is no longer a dream.

You can often tell you’ve had a long day’s work at your laptop when you stand up and your back aches, your eyes are tired, and your neck has several new cricks.  While technology is here to stay, the pain doesn’t need to be.  Here are a few ways you can make your laptop workspace more user friendly.

Use a large screen – The smaller the screen, the more we have to lean in and squint to see the images and text on it.  A larger screen can help protect your back and eyes by providing an easier target to view.  If you already have a computer with a small screen, consider increasing the font or zoom to reduce hunching or squinting to use the laptop.

Watch your posture – Because of the proximity of the screen and keyboard; the screen tends to be too low, or the keyboard tends to be too high.  Please don’t compensate for this by sacrificing your posture.  Experiment to find a height that serves both your hands’ needs and your neck’s needs.

Use a separate keyboard and mouse – For established workstations at home or in the office consider using an external keyboard and mouse.  This would help eliminate many of the troubles caused by using a laptop.

Travel light – When you carry your laptop, be a minimalist.  Avoid back pain by not carrying unnecessary cords and add-ons.

Take a break – As with any computer, take some time every hour or so to take a break.  Step away and stretch to get ready to go again.


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