Do you feel stiffness around your neck every time you look up from the laptop?
While it can be hard to break recurrent habits, here are some healthy tips you can implement when using your laptop to create an ergonomic work environment.
1. Don’t use your laptop on your lap: Make sure you are sitting upright on a chair with good back support and your feet firmly placed on the ground.
2. Keep your posture in front of mind: Be mindful of relaxing your shoulders. Check in with your posture every 15 to 30 minutes to make sure you are not rolling your shoulders forward into your computer screen.
3. Use a laptop raiser or standing desk: Make sure your screen is at eye level and you are not tilting your head down. This may help reduce the strain on your neck muscles.
4. Stand up for short intervals: Make sure to take regular breaks away from the screen. Sitting in a single position for hours on end can put a negative strain on muscles. It is helpful for you to take regular standing breaks to increase blood flow and relieve your muscles.
These suggestions do not guarantee to heal neck, back or shoulder pain; However, implementing these tips may help prevent more serious injuries in future and are good practice for correcting poor posture. If you are experiencing back pain or neck pain it may be best to seek medical advice from your licensed chiropractor.