Whatever we think of it, Black Friday and Cyber Monday will see many of hunker over our laptops this evening searching for those Christmas bargains. Here’s some advice to stop that laptop time becoming a pain in the neck. Literally.
Laptops allow us to be able to work more flexibly, but they have been blamed for causing work-related back, neck and shoulder problems.
The features that make laptops very portable, such as a screen attached to the keyboard, are the same features that make it difficult for people to adopt correct posture when using them.
Here are some ways you can make your laptop safer and more comfortable to use:
- Use a separate keyboard and mouse so the laptop can be put on a stand and the screen opened at eye level.
- Use your laptop on a stable base where there is support for your arms, and not on your lap.
- Take regular breaks. If you’re moving, there’s a lot less stress on your muscles and joints.
- Take care of your posture; sit up, have a support like a cushion in the small of your back and ensure other desk equipment is within easy reach.
- After you’ve checked out and the shopping’s done, stand up and have a little stretch of your neck, shoulders and back
- Get into good habits before the aching starts. Neck, shoulder and back problems gradually build up over time.