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Laptop Ergonomics: Problems and Solutions

Laptop Ergonomics: Problems and Solutions

By Shelby Robinson

©Shelby Robinson
March, 2009

Laptops are wonderfully convenient and extremely popular. However, they do present some unique ergonomic challenges for their users.  The adjustments to keyboard, mouse, and sitting position are different on a laptop.  Yet, there are many modifications you can make  and products available to help reduce your discomfort or, better yet, prevent it before it begins.

  • Use an external Ergonomic Keyboard so you can adjust the screen height independent of the keyboard position. Or try a smaller, folding Travel Keyboard to add to the portability of your laptop workstation.
  • Use a Laptop Stand to ventilate your laptop (this helps keep you AND your laptop healthy) & allow you to adjust the height & angle of it. To prevent strain, you want your screen elevated so it is more in line with your neck, shoulders, & eyes. A Laptop Table gives you many adjustment options.
  • Use an Ergonomic Mouse to allow you to relax & open up your shoulders.
  • In your office, use a full size monitor. Use a Monitor Arm or Monitor Riser to get the monitor directly in front of you. This way you can independently adjust the keyboard, mouse, & monitor which helps reduce stress by keeping your neck, shoulder, & wrists in a more neutral position.
  • Use a well-designed Messenger Bag, Pack, or Sleeve to avoid putting undue strain on your shoulders, neck, and back.
  • Whenever possible, sit in a supportive, preferably Ergonomic Office Chair. This will support your back & keep your body open so you breathe more deeply & relax your muscles.
  • Stretch & walk around often- preferably about 5 minutes of every hour. Be sure to rotate your head gently in both directions. Rest even more frequently- every 30 minutes or so. Try our Stretch Software Program, which automatically reminds you to stretch & provides exercises.
  • Relax your arms at your side when you're not typing or mousing.
  • Breathe deeply & drink lots of water, and get outside when you can.

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