While laptops give us convenience in many ways, they also place us at risk for injuries. Because the laptop and screen are attached, it can cause both neck and wrist pain.
Ergonomic Risks from Laptops
- Awkward wrist position
- Pressure on the carpal tunnel
- Flexed neck
- Rounded shoulder
Ergonomic Tips for Laptop Users
- 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.