Sloppy Habits Working On A Laptop Can Result In Back Pain And Posture Issues

Laptops have been a great boon to working virtually anywhere, their portability means they can be fired up and used pretty much wherever you are and whenever you want.

However, this added flexibility comes at a cost as they aren't ideal for healthy working. They let us get lazy in our working comfort and unwittingly encourage a number of bad habits which if left unchecked will result in back and neck pain and discomfort frequently leading to long term health implications.

You see people working badly at their laptop, resting it on their knees in crowded waiting areas, hunched over them on the daily commute by train, and in the house slumped on a sofa with their backs rounded and necks craning forward.

Sometimes it just isn't practical to work in ideal conditions on a laptop, nonetheless a lot of the time it is. Wherever possible they should be used on a flat work surface like a desk, table or worktop with a good quality chair.

Even then because of their small size the screen display can be hard to set at the right height and the simple solution is to use a laptop holder. These devices allow your portable PC to be set at the right height and angle for optimal working.

Depending on how it is designed it may be necessary to use an external keyboard where the holder obscures laptop's built in keyboard.

There are many different designs of laptop holder and this article discusses some of the more popular models of these laptop accessories to help you work more comfortably.

And if you're looking for the ultimate seating solution for wireless working this chair is perfect with or without a desk.


Further Thoughts On The Way You Are Sitting In Your Office Chair

In an earlier post I looked at the importance of making sure you were interacting correctly with your LCD monitor and covered 4 key points you need to be aware of.

Now it's time to look at some other useful ways of making sure you are working comfortably and of course begin by making sure you office chair is correctly adjusted.

Obviously where you use a laptop or notebook a monitor arm isn't really of use. Fortunately there are ergonomic laptop holders available and these allow you to position your screen correctly when using a portable PC. Some require the use of a separate keyboard as the holder obscures the built in keyboard, this is a good thing as generally a stand alone keyboard is easier to use.

If the lighting is poor where you work and you are getting screen reflection issues, try moving your seating position to minimize this and always face a window rather than having your back to it given the choice.

Where you can't do this it's worth looking at fitting a glare filter as it can substantially reduce the level of glare from your monitor screen.

If you are like me you may prefer to hand write stuff before typing it in which case a copy holder can be a great help. When using the sort which is freestanding needing to be placed by the side of your keyboard, get into the habit of changing it from left to right after each completed page of type otherwise you can end up with stiff or painful neck muscles.

Another handy accessory is a keyboard tray which holds your keyboard and generally fits to the underside of your desk. The better ones can be angled and include mouse pads giving you more flexibility when typing as well as releasing valuable desk space.

Finally, always pay attention to your body if you are feeling pain observe how you are working and see if you can work out what might be causing it and correct your posture accordingly.


Laptops Are Great – BUT!

Laptops are great, they allow you to take your business wherever you need to go and work on the fly. However, despite the obvious benefits they actually have some serious drawbacks too.

When you have a mountain of work to complete a laptop or sub notebook can put your comfort and posture at a distinct disadvantage over working at a conventional PC.

For starters, sitting on a sofa or bar stool will soon cause you comfort issues, you need to be seated in an office chair.

Next, the built in mouse is totally inadequate for repeated mouse use, you need to get an external mouse.

Take time to learn any keyboard shortcuts because they're a lot quicker and less stressful than using a mouse.

When you're sitting in an office chair working on a laptop the screen is invariably too low and so you tend to bend your neck downwards to read the screen and it's also likely that you will arch your back at the same time, the end result will be pain and discomfort.

Fortunately, there are specialist laptop holders to address this problem and raise the screen up, depending on the design it may be necessary to use anexternal keyboard too. This actually makes it a lot easier to type because you're not stymied by a compressed keyboard layout.

So, to conclude when you're using your laptop for serious work make sure you're using a good office chair and look into investing in an external mouse and keyboard and maybe even a specialist laptop holder too.

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