While laptops give us convenience in many ways, they also place us at risk for injuries. The reason being is because the keyboard and the screen are attached in such a way that you cannot work your way around this particular design.
The risks –
- Awkward wrist position
- Pressure on the carpal tunnel
- Flexed neck
- Rounded shoulder
The best that you can do is to minimize the risks associated with using laptops.
- Work on a table that is appropriate for your height
- Sit close to the table on a comfortable chair
- Bend your head as little as possible
- Make sure your ears are directly above your shoulders
- If you intend to use your laptop for long periods of time, it is best to get separate monitor, mouse and keyboard to decrease the risk for injuries
- Have a laptop stand or alternatively use books underneath the laptop
- Do not rest for your hands on the laptop surface while typing and make use of a 3-ring binder under the laptop. This decreases the risk for carpal tunnel syndrome.
- Make sure your elbows are not bent more than 90 degrees and this is best achieved by getting a high-enough chair
- Reduce strain on your back by making sure you have footrest if your chair is high.
There will never be a true ergonomic position when using laptops thus it is still important to take a break and change position often.